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Woodland Gardens Caravan & Camping is a Small Caravan Park in Fife, Scotland. Exclusively for adults, it has a relaxed and quiet feel to it. The owners are friendly and helpful, creating that nice balance between respecting your privacy and being available when needed.
It is an excellent base to go exploring from, with panoramic views to the Firth of Forth, the site is an ideal centre for golfing, walking or relaxing in and around East Fife and beyond.
Ideally suited for adult tourers and campers seeking peace and quiet in a beautiful rural setting.
Tents, Motorhomes, Tourers,
Holiday Homes & Glamping Pods
- Free WiFi
- Level pitches all with electric hook-up (10 amps)
- There are only two tent pitches
- Dogs welcome. (First 2 dogs free of charge)
- Excellent toilet facilities
- Ladies and Gents Showers
- Dish washing area
- Clothes Washing and Drying Facilities.
- Recreation Room contains: 50″ Television, Pool Table, Tourist Information, Free Book Exchange Library, Board Games and Puzzles & Comfortable Leather Sofa.
- Fridge/Freezer with ice maker.
- Dogs to be kept on a lead or tethered, exercised and toileted off site.
- Groups of Pitches Separated by hedges & fences
- Covered Dishwashing Area
- Ladies Toilets – Wash-Hand Basins, Dressing Table, Hair Dryer & Straightener Plug Point
- Gents Toilets Wash Hand Basins, Gents vanity Shower Cubicle
Woodland Gardens is located in Fife, Scotland. It can be found located off of the A915 Kirkcaldy to St Andrews road. About half way between the town of Leven and the village of Upper Largo, there is a B road and the campsite is clearly signposted from the main road.
Fife coastal Path is less that 1 mile away, it is a long-distance footpath that runs from Kincardine to Newburgh along the coastline of Fife. This special walk will take you to beautiful beaches, quaint fishing villages, historic monuments, breath-taking scenery and Nature reserves for starters and all within 116 miles.
Largo House. If you like your stunning but painfully derelict houses, then Largo House is worth a visit and it’s only about 1.2 miles away via the road. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland has suggested that the design is copied from Colin Campbell’s Shawfield of 1712 in Glasgow. Largo housed Polish soldiers during WWII, and then the Polish Military Geographical Institute until 1946.
The town of Leven is about 3.5 miles from the campsite, in the direction of Kirkcaldy. Things to keep you occupied in Leven: –
- Leven Beach. The beach has a promenade, which is a section of the Fife Coast Path.
- Letham Glen. Is a popular public park with tranquil woodland, child’s play area and outdoor gym.
- Silverburn Park is a perfect spot for nature lovers and a peaceful pit stop for those enjoying the Fife Coastal Path. Walled Garden, Cafe, Toilets, Bike Rentals & a new campsite.
- For those of you who appreciate church architecture, Saint Margaret’s Episcopal Church is worth a visit.
We headed in the opposite direction, along the Fife Coastal Path. We got as far as Anstruther and here’s what can be found withing walking distance from the campsite.
Dumbarnie Links Nature Reserve. Is an important habitat for rare plants and invertebrates. Nearly 2,000 species, including 1,200 insects and a wide variety of shore and sea birds, have been recorded here.
Elie Chain Walk. The route follows eight chains, which run vertically or horizontally. Over the course of the walk there are rocks, cliff tops and caves. For further information, we would recommend an informative blog by James Carron
Elie is a picturesque seaside resort. The harbour, established in the 16th century, is a popular with yachts and small pleasure craft while the surrounding bay is popular with windsurfers and bathers.
Ruby Bay is a quiet and sheltered sandy beach with easy access to a range of facilities. Backed by dunes, with views over the Firth of Forth. Elie Ness Lighthouse, a Category C Listed Building, is within an easy walk from the beach.
A little further on around the shore line, you will come across Lady Janet Anstruther’s Tower, built in 1770 for Lady Janet Anstruther.
Just outside the town of St Monans, you will walk passed the crumbling, but very impressing ruins of Newark Castle.
St Monans. This pretty fishing village has a lot to offer, here are some highlights: –
- Windmill and Salt Pans. Salt has been a valuable commodity through much of history
- St Monans Harbour has been a fishing port since at least the 1200’s and is full of charm.
- The Welly Boot Garden. An eccentric idea that attracts a lot of visitors.
Next up is Pittenweem and a must see is St. Fillan’s Cave. According to legend, a 7th century Irish missionary named St. Fillan hid out in this small cave as he tried to convert the local Picts to Christianity.
The coastal towns just keep coming and next up is Anstruther, which also has lots to offer. Beaches, picturesque harbour, ancient monuments and museums but, for us it has to be the Wee Chippy. Read more about our visit to this famous chip shop below in the ‘Read about our Trip’ section.
This was as far as we walked from the campsite, about 11 miles but it has to be said that this section of the Fife Coastal Path didn’t disappoint and we will definitely be returning to this area.
There are only two tent pitches, back to back with each pitch having its own picnic table and EHU. The lack of views from the tent area and the position of the tent pitches, which are surrounded by the campsite facilities, glamping pods, recreation area and campervans could create a claustrophobic feel but it doesn’t. Instead, you feel chilled out by its quaintness and style.
The quaintness and style from a small campsite can lead to conversations such as ‘This would be a great way to retire’. ‘Why don’t we think about getting somewhere like this? We love camping and we could create our own special place.’ It’s only when you start drilling down to what it would actually be involved, that you come to the conclusion ‘Actually it seems a great idea but in reality, it’s not as simple as that’.
The coastal town of Leven is only a short drive away and you are also close to St Andrews, (we have included a link from fellow blogger ‘The Chaotic Scot’ for more information) but this was going to be a walking break for us and we knew that the Fife Coastal Path was only a short walk from the campsite. This coastal path links the Forth and Tay Estuaries and is over 114 miles long. You will walk through picturesque fishing villages, golden beaches, attractive woods and nature reserves. You are never far away from the main bus route, allowing you to be flexible with your start and stop destinations.
We decided to turn left out the campsite and walk the 11 miles to Anstruther along the Coastal Path. This is a well maintained and clearly signposted path. Each new corner gives you something else to stop and look at, including several oil rigs not far off the coast. Coastal ruins and grand buildings are a regular sight. Including, Lady Janet Anstruther’s Tower, Ardross Castle and Newark Castle.
Our first stop was St Monans, a fishing village with an ancient history. A village called Inverie existed here as far back as the 800s. In about 875 St Monanus or St. Monan was buried at a shrine here and the village was renamed St Monans.
One odd site that we stumbled across was the welly boot garden at St Monans. Clearly a lot of time and effort had been put to creative use. It’s one of those finds that leaves you asking more questions about its origin and its creator. What we did know though, was it just added to the joy of our coastal walk.
Next was Pittenweem, still an active port and has a fish market every morning. We took a walk around the harbour wall, giving us plenty of photo opportunities and giving us a perfect view of the village. After a short coffee break, it was time to move on again, heading for Anstruther.
A welcoming flag met us as we walked into Anstruther with the Isle of May National Nature Reserve in the background and by now, we were getting hungry. Perfect timing! As we were keen to try out the famous chips from The Wee Chippy. On reaching the counter to place our order, there wasn’t any sense of ‘specialness’ about this chip shop. It looked and smelled like dozens of other chip shops we’ve been in over the years. When the chips finally arrived, we made our way to an outside table, sat down and both gave our chips an inquisitive look. To try and work out what it was that made them special. Thus far, our chips were keeping their secret. For as far as we could tell, they were just ordinary looking chips! Finally, the taste test and that’s when it all changed. Crispy, salty, non-greasy and with a fluffy centre. These chips were perfect!
We would definitely recommend this stretch of the coastal path as there is plenty of photo opportunities and occasions when you just want to stand and take in what you are seeing. Woodland Gardens Caravan & Camping is a great place to stay and if you do decide to stop at Anstruther, you MUST visit The Wee Chippy, where you will be treated to the best chips you have ever tasted!