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

Guest remarks - Twig art

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

Sleeps 2 but can hire a camp bed for this exctension  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, food till 5p.m
                            Good cycle/walking path just a few yards from the campsite.

                                              Akelas Den - camping supplies
                                                2 miles 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

Bo'ness steam train

Only 12 miles from your campsite.
Run by enthusiastic volunteers.
Get your ticket punched.
Everyone along the embankments waves to you on the train.
Well worth the £9 or £7 concession.
You can buy a stationmaster's hat in the shop.

Map of pitches

                                                            3.  Orchid field (communal campfire) + "Hoot"
                                                                           50 metre walk from car
                                                             2.  Meadow pitches  (top of driveway)
                                                                    Camping wagon
                              1. Woodland pitches 

Scale: 1 cm equals 20 metres. Whole map represents 15 acres.

From bottom of map (entrance) upwards:-
1. The lower two thirds are mixed woodland pitches.
2. The top coloured  third of the map are mostly higher meadow pitches.
3Top of a 50 metre track from parking is "Hoot" and also a large
"Wild Orchid" field with a communal campfire and pitches for up to 35 ish.
(Suit educational type groups not party-goers).

Top and bottom areas:- compost toilets, recycling facilities, rain water for washing/up,
 Gallon container drinking water - refil standpipe in lane.

1. Woodland -All pitches have their own designated camp fire.
 (often smaller and nearer for walkers, cyclists)
1st set of steps on left lead to "Mule", "Burro", "Rosebank", Caravan and "Well".

2nd set steps leads to "Ox" "Sweet Meadow", "Wing"  "Ram" "Gurgle"
 Toilet, water and recycling,  Camping Shack.
 "Nest" "Burn" "Tilt" "Rust".

The 1st turning area leads to:-
Badger Hide,  "Coppice", "Sett" "Rising Sun" and "Bulbs"and "Brock".

On the right is a cyclist friendly pitch called "Belle".

2. Top meadow:- (all with own campfires)

Top of hill,  is  "Tag" recycling and toilet.
"Jay Way "  "Catkin" "Hooves",
"Rag" "Bobtail" and Camping Wagon.

Left at the end of the road is the water, toilet and recycling for :-
"Strawberry fields" and it's siblings "Forever" "Nowhere" "Walrus and "Mr. Kite ".

On the right of the road is "Axis" "Mellow Yellow"  "Moonbeam" "As Love" and "Hawk".

Parking is tight into the sides,
leave the turning areas clear at "Strawberry Field" and " J.Way"

3. Orchid Field - communal campfire
At top of drive, walk straight ahead to "Hoot" (park at grassy entrance,
 allow space for lawnmower and trailer to enter.)
and communal campfire "Wild Orchid" for educational groups.

Pitches - general information:-
Pitches are set in individual clearings,
scattered about on 15 acres of mixed woodland and meadow land,
with all sorts of wild flowers and fruit, trees, birds and butterflies.
( 15 pitches on lower woodland site ) (15 pitches on top meadow site )
Each pitch or clearing has a name, with a meaning - history/pitch identity/song/book/travel,etc.
 i.e. Strawberry Field (wild strawberries),

We have a few sibling pitches which means that they are attached to a main pitch with a campfire.
They can be used as an overflow for those in your party if the main pitch isn't big enough.

Pitches are allocated for size of tent/group:
but ask at time of booking
if you have a preference for woodland pitches or meadow,
(sometimes, we can re-arrange the weekly pitch plan,
as we do for regulars who ask for their favourite pitches).

Give us a few details of your dates, expected time of arrival and departure.
Also group number, tent berth size, car registrations and visitors.
We will then email you more information and a quote.

Depending on weather and pitch conditions,
we will try to match you up to the best site for your booking.

Please don't move pitch without asking, as it may be booked.

Appreciation goes to all those campers who leave the pitch tidy,
free of litter, wood splinters on the grass (for grass cutting).
We also value those who leave the rustic tables and chairs
as they found them on the pitches they were intended for.
We also value are those of you who let us know if you have to cancel your booking.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Quirky - around the campsite

50 gallon french barrel for collecting rainwater

Reclaimed glass tiles in one of the camp toilets

Slate tiles

Klondyke stove

Found mossy glove

Found - Bark letterbox!

rain water collecting system


Dismantling a pond

Lawnmower tows a pond liner

Video of Mobile pond!

One of the past rainwater collectors

One of the sinks in the making

Water for "Service" areas

Holly leaf

Sycamore leaf

18.2.2014 - still cleaning up the woodlands.

Moss and fungus on dead wood  found November 2013

Influenced some pitch names

Charcoal stick smiley face

Here's who we got the  name "Gimme Shelter" from
 in 2005 when we started the campsite:-
Stones 29.6. 2013

Recycled trug

1 of the camp story boards

 Sweet Meadow sink, recycled from our old campervan

Cherry bark rolls

Smiley log

Bagging up campers' campfire kits.

Can't bring ourselves to burn this smiley log.
That's the trouble when you love wood,
even the little offcuts from a job, suggest themselves for another item.

Water carrier

Flag and letterbox for memos

Bike trailer for recycle collection