Darra Wood is a young but established woodland, that would provide an ideal opportunity for an aspirant woodlander to practice forestry management skills or to just enjoy the tranquility and wildlife that abounds here. Whether being used for timber or amenity activity, the woodland further benefits from exceptional vehicular and internal access. The name Darra is derived from the Gaelic for oak, many of which have been planted on the southern fringe of the woods where there are far reaching views across farmland to the Firth of Forth in the distance. These plantings are well established now and will soon begin to fill the space around them, providing valuable support to more woodland animals and organisms than any other single native tree species.
Although this is young woodland, it is maturing well. The planting is predominantly sitka spruce that has grown quickly and this could provide a sustainable source of domestic firewood into the future. As the growth of the spruce has been very strong, it is ripe for selective thinning and restocking with native deciduous trees. Firewood is one gain, but a further benefit of thinning would be the increase in light to reach the woodland floor, helping less competitive flora to grow and helping biodiversity and fauna in general within the woodland.
Access is along a very solid and well maintained track, suitable for all vehicles: off this main track there is grassy ride down to the southern boundary, making timber harvesting a lot easier if required.
A network of paths have been established throughout the wood that not only provide ease of movement but also deliver an enchanting feeling of discovery and these could be expanded further by a future owner. Towards the centre of Darra Wood is planting with a more open feel, ideal for the siting of a woodland shelter or camping area: alternatively it could become the start point for restocking with a more varied selection of tree types. Hazel, hawthorn, holly and willow would thrive here and would provide Autumn food for foraging birds, increase diversity, and conveniently are energetic growers.
Wildlife thrives in Darra Wood, part of the larger Bridle Bank Wood, and the relative seclusion is a welcome haven and sanctuary for animals and birds alike. Deer are common residents within the woods but are not a threat to the now well established trees. Buzzards are frequently seen overhead while smaller woodland birds are glimpsed and heard chattering in the tree canopy.
A bench has been installed near the southern boundary, providing the opportunity to rest a while and take in the views across to Holl reservoir, a popular fishing spot alive with brown trout and pike.
These woods are extremely private and will allow future woodlanders the opportunity to take time out from the hustle and bustle of modern life in an accessible but very secluded location.
The surrounding larger woodland is called Bridle Bank and Darra Wood enjoys views out of here to the north, across to the distant Lomond Hills, or the 'Paps of Fife' as they are commonly known: this hilly area will entertain the mountain biker and walker alike. The surrounding area east of Loch Leven, is easily within reach, via the M90, of Edinburgh to the south and Perth and Dundee to the north. The Lomond Hills have a rich and varied history: from the Iron Age are the remains of several hill forts that can be found around the summits of both East and West Lomond, as well as at Maiden Castle, a grassy knoll that lies between the two.
Bridle Bank sits next to Holl reservoir, one of several in the area and it is from here one can take an alternative route up Bishop Hill. The route starts from the car park at Holl Reservoir and winds its way up through farmland and forestry plantings to emerge on the grassy open hilltop. This is a perfect place for a leisurely picnic while enjoying the wonderful views of Loch Leven with its islands and castle far below. Holl Meadow is one of Fife’s finest; more than 100 kinds of plant grow in the grassland beside the reservoir and it is just a short walk from Bridle Bank.
The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.
There is a growing interest in hut, bothy and temporary shelter building, especially in Scotland; for those interested in erecting a hut or shelter, here is some interesting and very helpful guidance from Reforesting Scotland’s Thousand Hut Campaign. Your Local Planning Authority should also be consulted.
Boundaries are marked by turquoise painted post tops.
You are welcome to visit this wood by yourself, but please ensure that you have a copy of these sales details with you - many of our woodlands do not have mobile phone reception or internet access so we recommend either printing the details or downloading them to your phone/tablet/laptop.
Do remember to also check that it is still available for sale. If you have seen the woodland and wish to be accompanied on a second more detailed visit please contact our local manager.
OS Landranger: OS No 58
Grid ref: NO 216 035
Nearest post code: KY6 3HZ
Please note that the Google aerial image is not indicative of the state of growth of the woods, it is much more mature!
Boundaries are marked by turquoise painted post tops.
Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on his or her mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.
Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.
All woodlands are sold at a fixed price, and include free membership of the Small Woodland Owners Group and the Royal Forestry Society, as well as £300 towards paying for a course (or courses) to help with managing and enjoying your woodland.
These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.