Methil, Fife

A bit about Methil..

We know from artefacts and carvings that prehistoric people have lived in Methil for 4000 years. Early people were attracted by good farmlands and rivers. By the 13th century a church had been established at Methil that became a focal point for a settlement to grow.

For centuries, the people who lived here relied on farming and fishing for a living. The towns along the coast became centres for national and international trade with flax and timber imported and coal, salt and linen exported. From the 17th century, coal mining became the principle industry as demand for good quality coal grew. A new harbour was built to cope with demand, and at its peak 3 million tons of coal were shipped through Methil docks. A growing transport infrastructure allowed other industries to flourish such as steelmaking, engineering, whisky distilling, textile manufacture, papermaking and timber preparation. Methil’s population boomed and High Street shops bustled until late at night. The community thrived with churches, dance halls and the Miners’ Institute.

Many people don’t know, but the first captain of the Cutty Sark, Captain George Moodie, retired to Methil and was the first president of Methil Bowling Club in 1900.
Thanks to Methil Heritage Centre for local history resources.

What’s been happening?

We’ve been in Methil since July 2017, we’ve been finding out about Methil, its history and people. Meeting and building relationships with community members, other partners in Community Learning and Development, Foodbank, Gingerbread, and others. Learning from other Community Coordinators across the central belt of Scotland.

How can you get involved?

You can find contact details for the Methil Community Co-ordinator on this page. Please get in touch, as we’re keen to get to know the wider community. You might like to tell us about changes you’d like to bring about, or if you represent a group or organisation, how we could work together

We asked Iyaah what one of her favourite things about Methil is so far, and she said…

Enthusiastic partners who are very dedicated to their mission.

You can find out a bit more about Iyaah here


Community Co-ordinator Contact Details:
07860 855 023
c/o Methil Community Centre
Bowling Green Street
Methil KY8 3DH

For an overview of what’s been happening view  Methil Annual Update