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Quarry Den Wood, Fife - Over 5 ¼ acres, £49,000

Quarry Den Wood

Quarry Den Wood, as its name suggests, is part of what was Pitadro Craigs, a quarry linked to Fordell Castle estate and may have supplied stone to one of Scotland's oldest railways that ran within 500m of the woods. The Fordell railway route took coal from the Fife coalfields to the ships waiting in St Davids Bay, now part of the Dalgety Bay settlement, although this line is now long gone.

Pitadro Craigs has, over time, transformed itself into a quite wonderful little woodland and Quarry Den Wood incorporates three distinctive and contrasting zones: in May it is all carpeted in a sea of bluebells.

From the ride stop entrance a track rises to a plateau and hard standing. This type of hard, lean ground is a perfect habitat for wild orchids and woodland herbs and is a stunning sight in summer. The plateau area is framed with the backdrop of the small crags that represent the upper boundary. Dry ground conditions here create a secluded space and would make an site to build a woodland shelter or to set up a campsite.

To the right pf the access track is the quarry den, an enchanting area for young and old to explore and with maturing timber. A wide range of broadleaf deciduous species such as oak, elm, ash, willow and yew are some of the trees that bring this woodland to life. Above the crags are some fine mature trees that dominate the skyline.

Moving more to the north east, away from the plateau area, the gorse and broom make excellent cover for wildlife and ground dwelling or nesting birds. The whole effect is a rare woodland of quite exceptional diversity, atmosphere and is truly worth exploring.

Surrounding area:

Quarry Den Wood is located close to Fordell Firs, a well-known Scout camp, and to Fordell Castle, a restored 16th Century tower house. Dunfermline is within ten minutes drive and Edinburgh is within thirty minutes: Quarry Den would make a great and easily accessible bolthole from city life. Fife, bounded to the north by the Firth of Tay and to the south by the Firth of Forth, is a natural peninsula whose political boundaries have changed little over the ages. Legend has it that the Pictish realm was divided into seven sub-kingdoms or provinces, one of which went on to become Fife.

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.

  • Price: £49,000 Freehold
  • Location: Pitadro Craigs, Dunfermline, Fife
  • Size: Over 5 ¼ acres for sale


Boundaries are indicated by orange markers on posts and by a stone wall.

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torquilandrachel Torquil Varty and Rachel Bower
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OS Landranger: OS No 66
Grid ref: NT 140 860
Nearest post code: KY11 7EX



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