SOLD: Brann Wood £67,000 Freehold


The name Brann derives from the Gaelic for raven, a common bird throughout the British Isles and steeped in symbolism throughout celtic culture.

The topography and diversity of species within Brann Wood, creates a haven for birdlife, as well as the proximity of Holl reservoir, known to host tundra swans during the winter months.

Brann Wood is located toward the end of a very good track that will provide access all year round. The ride stop entrance is surrounded by young conifer, of an age and size that have not yet shadowed the woodland floor and there is an interesting array of mosses flourishing beneath the conifer including sphagnum, club and star moss. Sphagnum moss has been used for centuries, even as late as World War I, as a dressing for wounds. Also, since it is both extremely absorptive and acidic, it inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi and can be used for shipping seeds and live plants.

The woods open out onto a fairly clear and flat plateau ideal as a camping spot and this is where the tool store is located.. This is a great place to sit awhile and absorb the atmosphere of this compact but dynamic wood.

From this vantage point the land drops away down a banking to reveal an idyllic meandering stream, flanked by mature beech trees that have stood the test of time. Higher up the stream there is a stand of mature pine that acts as a natural screen and will provide an abundance of firewood for many years. This area is very private and would be perfect as an alternative camping spot. These woods are well worth a visit and will make an ideal retreat.

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.


There is an interesting mix of young conifer and mature scots pine and hardwoods that create a great contrast as well as providing good timber for all your needs. Thinning the conifer stand would provide plenty of timber to mill up for potential cabin building.


There is plenty of wildlife within the woods from deer to red squirrels as well as a an abundance of birdlife making their home in the canopy. Well placed webcams would open the night time secrets of the woodland.


The main feature is a beautiful meandering stream that would provide a focal point as a place to relax by on a hot summers day and will be a good source of water for the camp kettle. In addition there is a good sized tool store with planning permission that has been put in by the previous owner that is sold with the woodland.

Access, tracks and footpaths

The road access is very good with parking off the track, within the woodland, there has been a fair bit of crown lifting within the conifer to allow for ease of access.

Rights and covenants

All sporting and mineral rights are sold with the woodland.


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 is a short walk from Bridle Bank.

Local area and history

Surrounding Area:

The surrounding woodland is called Bridle Bank and looks out 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 of Edinburgh to the south 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, which 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.

Wood maps

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 58
  • Grid ref: NO 217 035
  • Nearest post code: KY6 3HZ
  • GPS coordinates: 56.2183, -3.26313

Location map


From Glenrothes:

  • A911 to Leslie
  • Carry on through Leslie
  • Once through Leslie, take second right, sign-posted with a "Scottish Water" sign and signs to Meikle and Balquhomrie.
  • Your satnav may take you to the next right turn sign-posted to "Teal Cottage", and if it does you need to go back to the previous turning.
  • After 1.5km turn left at crossroads, signposted to Bishops Hill. You will need to drive through a sheep and cattle farm - please drive slowly.
  • After 1km from the crossroads you can park on right-hand side next to main gate and walk up to the woods.
  • Follow the new track towards its end and you will eventually find Brann Wood on the left hand side.

Please note that the Google aerial image is not indicative of the state of growth of the woods, it is much more mature!

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

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 their 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.

These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract.

Easily accessible from Edinburgh, Stirling or Perth, a manageable woodland offering privacy, peacefulness and a meandering stream.

Managed by Torquil Varty and Rachel Bower

Telephone: 01307 467393

Telephone: 07803 903 203

Email: [email protected]