Sunday, December 27, 2015

Holiday cottage near Edinburgh - Location and view

View of Forth  rail bridge
from holiday cottage, 10 miles north of Edinburgh

Take a train from Inverkeithing one mile away and 
over the19th century historic Forth Rail bridge.
Very good park and ride for bus and train.

                                            Fife Cycle path  Just a few paces from your door,  then  to Inverkeithing, it's harbour, and as far as you want to cycle or walk.
2 miles east is St. David's Bay, Dalgety Bay,

 a couple of miles on is Aberdour beach.

Restaurants - 2 miles Nandos, Mexican, Chinese buffet, Pizza hut, burgers, Kentucky chicken,
Supermarket 2 miles to Tesco .
 Inverkeithing 1 mile  shops, pub, post office, phone box, bank, take away food, doctor, dentist, etc.
Hospital 3 miles away off Halbeath road.
Nearby childrens' activity park, swimming baths, Deep Sea world, etc.
Scots mill Hillend by Inverkeithing - the ruins can be seen from the front of the holiday cottage.
Loch Leven (cycle path and boat ride).
Towns and sightseeing 30 miles to Perth and Stirling.
Lovely places to visit like Dollar Glen, Aberfeldy, Crieff, Kinross, Culross and
Great for touring Lochs and Glens, whisky distilleries and fishing villages.
Historic cities and castles, Linlithgow palace, Blair Atholl, Falkland palace (King James),
Dunfermline Abbey (Robert the Bruce and Queen Margaret. Andrew Carnegie's birthplace.

Highland Fling. Kilts. Clans. Tartans. Fair Isle Shetland

                                                                     Highland Fling

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Holidaymaker suitability


We are family friendly, single occupant friendly, cyclist friendly, tourist friendly, etc.
Just ask if you want any special help/more local advice for your holiday,
i.e. if you are a single female and want a bit of extra security
or someone to call on if needed.

Nationalities that have enjoyed a holiday at our cottage:-
German,  Scottish, Welsh, English, American,
 Canadian, South African, Australian, New Zealanders, 
 French,  Irish  and more.

Some who have stayed at the cottage:-
David Drummond, musical director. (Featured on the BBC electric proms 5.11.10,
with Robert Plant, directing the London Oriana choir)

Lyn Paul and the cast of blood brothers playing at the Alhambra in Dunfermline.
A masterchef finalist.
Pilot from Bournemouth.
Maltese pig farmer.
American millionaire.
Edinburgh festival goers.
Recording artists.
T.V. reporter.
Racing drivers at Knockhill circuit.
Most of all...lovely families!

Campsite:- Will Self - writer.

Wood burning stove.

Logs for the woodburning stoves

Cutting up dead trees for the fires at the cottages and camp.
We've been coppicing and taking firewood out of the various parts of the woods since 1971.

A lot of it is elm, hanging around dead for maybe thirty years.
There's a little oak, plenty of sycamore and ash.

What I really like is that we're cleaning up the land and getting free heat at the same time.

Seasoned wood :-
 We have store places under cover, so it's worth cutting up green wood like elder and cherry, expecting to not to use it until  the next year.

First 2 tubs of wood are free (also firelighters and starter sticks for each day.)
More logs and coal  in your fuel bunker or tub-trugs at reception
Or phone / leave a note on your 'flag' gate and we'll deliver.

Your log burning stove will either
1) give you localised heat with doors open (take care with sparks/logs rolling out) or
2) Heat radiators after you put enough fuel on to make a raging fire and keep doors closed.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Food. Farm shop Dunfermline - Bankhead

10 miles from holiday cottage on the A985 to Kincardine
Check for seasonal opening

 multi coloured small turnips

3 coloured carrots
and golden beetroot

 red and green curly kale

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Dunfermline Cafe and Arts

6 miles from holiday cottage

 Cafe - lovely coffee, chocolate and cake.
Brunch and lunch.
Good service.
Pleasant, relaxing atmosphere.

 The original firemans pole
The fire engines have moved elsewhere.

Arts and crafts display

 Clean toilets

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Food - Restaurant. South Queensferry - Forth bridges. Hawes Inn

historic pub serves food and real ale.

4 miles from the holiday cottage

Historic Forth Rail bridge
You can see this from the holiday cottage front windows.

2 companies operate boat trips on the Forth.
This one is Maid of the Forth, you can get off at Inchcolm Island,
 have a picnic and catch one of the sailings back when you are ready.
maid of the forth boat tour
An informative commentary about the sea life.

Forth boat tours

                                                              Hawes Inn garden

                                                                     Lifeboat station

Edinburgh bus tour Walk tour. Tram

From airport (or Ingleston)  to city centre 

                                                           Edinburgh open top bus tours
                                             A great way to acclimatise and learn about a city

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Glasgow - Clyde side motor museum. Peoples palace

One hour from  holiday cottage near Edinburgh
via Kincardine bridge

to S.S.E.C

The Hydro

 Multi storey car park

Peoples palace and winter gardens

Friday, August 7, 2015

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Edinburgh Scottish parliament tour, Royal mile

Designed by Enrich Mirralles
Oak strips

                                               Chairs in debating chamber (looking like heads)


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Holiday cottage near Edinburgh - Conservatory build for No. 1


See other blog post "Conservatory details"


 Re painting outside walls at conservatory entrances

Farrow and Ball "India yellow"


Floorboards cleaned and ready for sanding


Floor board delivery

Start of recycled floorboards 


Wood staining (stockholm tar, boiled linseed oil, pure turpentine 1:4:4 )


Undercoat, ready for Farrow and Ball "String"

Recycled floorboards from a Jute mill in Dundee

 (nails being removed)


 Pipes connected, logs burning...smoke

Stove and hearth preparation

Recycled barn door handles

Some recycled doors being used

and guttering

1st side window

More recycled pine beams
for side and doorway

Interlocking plastic roofing

Lead detail


Larch Rafters


ordered up


Forth valley concrete -  mix in vehicle as required

Mike Taylor Building Services

Ready for base



Repurposed windows stored ready

Found in woodpile
of ash, elm and oak:-

Pine blocks for conservatory