Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Activities. Books about the outdoors.

The book suggests" I just want space and  unallocated time. I want disorganised activity for my children. 
I want the time table to be torn up."  The reveiwer Tom Fort says..."I like the no telly and reading in the early morning with hot tea... I like the easy sociability so rare in this country, and the opportunuity camping gives to observe the lives of others. I like the adventure of it. I like the way the children make friends after 10 minutes and you hardly see them again except for meals... This book is essential reading for thoughtful campers."

Books to excite the camping kids
Make it Wild!: 101 Things to Make and Do Outdoors

outdoor blogs by parents to keep kids happy

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Dreel tavern.
 life jackets or mending your torn tent.

 Anstruther with your canoe or for a spot of kayaking

"There are few days on which it would be calm enough
 to paddle a canoe on the sea at Anstruther.

If you are a sea-kayaker there is no charge for launching from Anstruther Harbour but there is a car-parking charge.

Advice is to check the weather carefully before you visit - 
it tends to be quite choppy here when the wind picks up."

Boat trip to see the puffins on the Isle of May.

Fisheries museum.

 famous fish and chips.

10 miles south of Anstruther is

Watch the cheese being made Mon to Wed.
They make a delicious cheddar, turned into mild, strong or smoked.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Woodland camping (semi wild). Outdoor benefits.

"Taking part in nature"

"woodlands have their own ecology.."
"pass into a different world and transform ourselves...."
"...there's always a bed for a man in the field"

10 miles north of Edinburgh

Good touring Historic places, Lochs and Glens.

24 hour Tesco. M and Spencer outlet within 2 miles.
See other posts on this blog for details of local pubs/restaurants, etc.
Local taxi 01383 410088.

15 acres of woodland in Scotland, natural, rustic, in harmony with nature.
Cold water, recycling and sawdust toilet. Designated campfires.
Nearby activities for children and all the family.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Woodland walks

This is half way round a circular walk up the grassy path to the pitch "Hoot",
into Orchid field and through the narrow wood on to the meadow open pitches "Bobtail". Look for the living T bar linking 2 trunks together.

This is down into "Hidden valley" where the sandstone quarry is.
Our 2 cottages were built from this in 1890.

There's a lot of history to "Hidden valley" as it's called on the maps.
Many local adults, remember playing here as children 40 years ago.
Now when you book a camp pitch or hire the cottage, your children can enjoy this land also.

See "Pitch plan" map for overview.

Loch Leven. Vane Farm

Loch Leven
10 miles north on motorway

                                                                Vane Farm nature reserve

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Caravan in woodland. 2 Videos

Classic caravan with extension and wood burning stove for hire.
Inside caravan extension

Sleeps 2 but can supply a camp bed for in here if required.

Video 25.3.2013 
Refurbished, using more reclaimed oak and stockholm tar/linseed oil finish

"Wildo" Woodburning stove in caravan extension.

See full post on "Caravan Hire"

Monday, January 12, 2015

Inverkeithing Pubs, take-aways, shops and camping shop

                                                           Inverkeithing history
                                                               Burgh Arms
                                                             2miles Real ale
                            Good cycle/walking path just a few yards from the campsite.

                                              Akelas Den - camping supplies
                                                2 mikles from the campsite.

A butcher, a baker, a fishmonger, chinese take away, pizza, fish and chips, mini supermarket.
 Post office, bank, library (fax,computer), phone box, dentist, doctor.
2 hairdressers, 2 chemists, bicycle shop, 2 newsagents, hardware store, 2 charity shops, 4 pubs, etc.

                                                       Inverkeithing Friary gardens

                                                      Battle of Inverkeithing

                                                        History museum

Pinkerton burn runs through our land. It was said to run red for 3 days after this battle!

Lots of local historical interest as well as on our land - old smithy waterwheel used to be here as well as small gauge railway, gravel pit and sandstone quarry where our cottages were built from.

the "Burro" tent pitch is off the original donkey and cart track that ran up to "Rosebank" - the ruins of which can be seen.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Lochs. Fishing. Raith Lake

Raith lake near Kirkcaldy
                                         Fly fishing. Viewing bacony. Hot drinks.
                                                          Lochore ruins
                                                         Lochore fishing

The old coal mine at Loch Ore is now a lake for water activities.

loch Leven boat rides to the Island that Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned on.
Good to take a picnic. Boathouse Bistro refurbished March 2011.

Loch Gelly has swans and other wildlife.

Loch Fitty for fishing.

Loch at Townhill for water skiing.

Places to visit. Edinburgh zoo Pandas. Earthship Fife. Falkirk wheel. Deep Sea World. Ravenscraig castle.

                                                   Ravenscraig castle Kirkcaldy

                                   10 miles north. Park and picnic near beach


                                                    Edinburgh zoo - pandas 10 miles

                                               Visit Scotland activities - Townhill loch

                                                              Earthship Fife
                                                              10 miles north.

3 miles south

Caravan classic. Hire

Caravan Refurbished 24.11.2014

Caravan extension
Woodburner with a few logs and kindling provided to start with.
Recycled Oak and Douglas Fir posts 

Inside the extension

Some oak boards, finished with that lovely smelling stockholm tar 
mixed with linseed oil and turpentine.

Log burning stove "Wildo"
enough starting kindling to last the number of days you stay.
More tubs of  wood  £6 @ at reception

Oak table and bench seat
Indian style day bed
wicker chairs.

Small electric fridge.

 (see for construction photos.

Inside the caravan:-

Seats can be left a as single beds or board clipped in for a double bed.

Lovely oak veneered cupboards, plenty of storage.
View from seat / bed.

Limited edition, serial number 1339.
Classic 2 berth Castleton caravan
plus 2 children in extension on their own camp mattresses.

It is no smoking and no pets. Only safety t lights in containers please.

This 14 foot caravan has:-
Electric lights
Gas oven, grill and 2 gas rings.
Water:- cold mains water.
Use of the campers' env. friendly. compost toilet @ 10 metres.
Use of electric fan heater for an honesty pot donation.

It is in the woodland near the camp pitches, all set in their own woodland clearings.
A few metres away is the straw bale badger hide.
Lots of walks and wild plants, birds, deer, etc.

It is £40 for two people for the first night using your own quilt, pillows, linen, etc
Concessions from 2nd night.

Plus £10 each for additional child or two in awning with their own beds  and bedding.
Day visitors extra by arrangement.

We can supply bedding etc. @ £5 p.p.p.n
Please ask for more detail and  I'll send a standard file of information.

Also availabe:-
Camping for tents.
100 year old stone cottage for self catering or  S.C. B and B/room only.
Off grid camping shack and Camping wagon.
 See blog " posts" for details and photos.

Showers 2 miles north at Fife Leisure centre Duloch :-

Local fish and chips 3 miles:-