The Vision

The Levenmouth Whale Project is a community-owned and run project to develop  an iconic art and leisure attraction which will turn Leven into a major destination for national and international visitors.

Scotland’s first new pier for over a hundred years will lead to the world’s biggest sculpture of breaching whales, as well as incorporating a gourmet restaurant, visitor centre and tidal turbine.

  • 1000-foot long pier in an award-winning contemporary design

  • 100-foot sculpture of humpback whales (with light and music)

  • Foodie destination resturaunt

  • Visitor Centre with exhibition space, cafe & educational facility

  • Tidal turbine for energy sufficiency

Background .

What's it all about?

Levenmouth .

Once upon a time Leven was a thriving holiday town which people flocked to from across Scotland ….

Now Levenmouth features in indices for the 20% most deprived areas in Scotland across a ranges of areas from income, employment, education and health ….

Yet the town has fantastic potential in its setting and location on the Forth in the middle of Fife …

The Destination .

The Whale Project aims to transform Levenmouth into a destination for the 21st century.

It adds a powerful justification to the case for reopening the rail link to Cameron Bridge to enable hourly Fife Circle services direct to Edinburgh.

For further information about the Levenmouth Rail Campaign and how you can support the LMRC team, please visit:

Redevelopment .

Improved transport infrastructure

Direct employment (construction, maintenance & service industry)

Ripple effect on businesses in Leven Town Centre & wider area

Big art & engineering

1.3 million visitors

In 2018, the Kelpies had over 1.3 million visitors

300,000 visitors

The V&A in Dundee has welcomed over 300,000 visitors since opening the doors in September 2018

150,000 visitors

The Angel of the North is visited by over 150,000 people per year

£8.5 billion per year

The Arts & Culture industry contributes £8.5 billion per year to the UK economy

£4.6 billion per year

In Scotland the creative industries contribute £4.6 billion to the Scottish economy

£2.6 billion in taxes

Culture pays £2.6 billion in taxes, £5 for every £1 of public funding

73,600 employed

In 2015 the Creative Industries employed 73,600 in Scotland

Wildlife tourism

£1.2 million turnover

The Sea Bird Centre in North Berwick had an annual turnover of just over £1.2m in 2017 and 2018

13,500 visitors

Between April – August 2018 the Isle of May had over 13,500 visitors

200,000 visitors

In 2018 there has been a surge of Whale sightings in the Firth of Forth including humpbacks, minke, orcas and sperm whales

Surge of whale sightings

In 2018 there has been a surge of Whale sightings in the Firth of Forth including humpbacks, minke, orcas and sperm whales

18 whale-watching bases

Shorewatch have established a whale-watching base at Kinghorn, and will expand to Pittenweem. There is another 18 whale-watching bases established across Scotland

Next Steps .


Steering Group

Recruit individuals Access initial funding for creating legal structure


Legal Structure

Investigate best legal vehicle Register and constitute company, trust & charity


Invite Trustees

Create board Fund raise for feasibility study/business case