I stayed at Pillars of Hercules Bankings Field for one night in September and very much enjoyed the site.
You can camp in the Orchard or Bankings Field, and the cost for my tent and myself was £8. You can park your car next your tent in Bankings, but if you camp in the Orchard you park next the Pillars of Hercules restaurant and shop which is just a two minute walk away. The shop and café are very busy all day, but the campsite was quiet when I was there, only two other campers in the Bankings field, which is bounded by hedges and looks over farmland and hills. The site is very basic with just a water point in the field and it's a short walk back to the only toilets at the shop. There is one shower for ladies and one for gents and the loos are also used by the café visitors, and there's a washing up point for campers.
It's pretty dark walking along from the site to the loos - the darkness is nice as it's part of camping in the country - but a few lights to help point the way to the loos in the middle of the night would have been handy. Bankings was very quiet, which I enjoyed and bonfires are allowed (you can buy firewood for £5 a bag or pick up fallen wood). I got a great view of the stars sitting up late with a nice camp fire - lovely!
Pillars of Hercules is an organic restaurant and shop which stocks a good range of foods, also fruit and vegetables grown on the farm. There are lovely walks, including a farm trail round the crops, polytunnels and hen run. Falkland is a 20 minute walk away, and it's a short drive to Strathmiglo where there is a Co-op. There are no specific facilities for children, but there's masses of space for outdoor fun.
I enjoyed my stay and would camp here again - in particular I enjoyed the rurality and quietness.
We have just got back from 5 nights at this lovely site. We stayed in the Orchard field and as we visited out of season for Scotland we were fortunate to have the field to ourselves for our stay!
The 2 camping fields (the Orchard and the Bankings) are part of an organic farm and cafe. The Orchard field is quite secluded and has a lovely fire pit which we made the most of for camp fires almost every night. The only downside is that you cannot park in the orchard alongside your tent, but there is a car park close by. The Bankings field is slightly further away from the facilities but is a larger field and you can park alongside your tent in this field. This field also has lovely views but is more exposed to the elements!
The Facilities were lovely and clean and modern. There is one shower in both the male and female toilet blocks, but despite this we did not have to queue for the shower once during our stay. The water for the shower and washing up area was always hot.
The Farm and Cafe are lovely, there is a farm trail that you can follow to see the whole site. We had lunch in the cafe on one of the days and the food was fantastic. It is all organically produced and vegetarian. The farm shop is well stocked, and although it is a bit dearer than supermarket prices, everything stocked is organic so you would expect to pay more! The Cafe and Farm shop are obviously very well known amongst the locals as it was busy every day!
This site is about 30 mins from St Andrews which is a lovely town and definitely worth a visit! The nearest village is Falkland which can be walked to through the woods from the site (the path is properly laid and it is a lovely walk)
If you are after a supermarket then the nearest ones are in Glenrothes. There is also a chip shop etc on the way out of Glenrothes should you fancy a quick tea!
We would definitely recommend this site, we visited with our 3 year old son and our dog and we all had a lovely time.
Just back from 8 nights camping here and can wholeheartedly recommend it. I usually camp with loads of 'stuff' including a huge fridge and EHU. We were combining this trip with husbands work trip and chose this site as it was near. I thought we would stay a couple of nights as I didn't think we would manage 'basic' but we absolutely loved the place.
The toilets and shower (my benchmark for good site) were lovely, always clean and there was always soap, loo roll and hot water. There was an electric socket in there. It was shared with vegetarian cafe on site which was always busy but this was never a problem and I didn't end up in a queue.
There was a room for washing dishes where there was a good supply of hot water, washing up liquid and again it was always clean.
The tent was pitched in the orchard and was idyllic. It didn't have a campsite feel to it and was not busy. There were areas for campfires and there were picnic tables to use. Recycling facilities were available. Staff were friendly and helpful. The farm shop sold meat, provisions and freshly baked bread. Obviously not your usual supermarket prices but not extortionate. We had the fresh bread, milk and lots of veg and we cooked veg meals mostly. Meat was organic and expensive as is usually the case.
Two minute walk to Falkland Estate for walking, cycling and about a 20-30 minute walk through forest to Falkland where there are numerous cafes and pubs and a few craft/gift shops. There was one village shop for newspapers, basic provisions and it did sell wine/beer but not excellent choice, just usual 'corner shop' type goods. It was handy though. We ate in The Bruce and enjoyed it but sorry can't remember cost. There is a National trust place; Falkland Palace in the village. There are numerous walks from the village (5 min drive, or walk through estate). The East and West Lomond hills, Tyndall Bruce Monument, and a waterfall walk (Maspie Den), where you can walk behind the water, are just some of the walks we did.
We also did a few walks on the Fife Coastal path, visited St Andrews and went into Dundee twice. Cupar is the nearest town (I think) but apart from having an Indian meal there one night we only drove through there on our trips out. There were some supermarkets there and in Glenrothes(s) but we didn't use these.
Pillars has facebook page. There was no children's play area, just a sandpit as far as I was aware. Hence I have not given rating for child friendliness.
As you can tell I have nothing but praise for the campsite and the area.
Just returned from a weekend at this lovely little campsite near Falkland in Fife. There are two areas for camping; a field and an orchard. We were in the orchard. This is a great little campsite IF you like your camping plain and simple. Which I do.
The new toilet block is complete. The ladies and the gents each have a shower for the use of campers. One of the push button ones. But the water is lovely and hot. From the woodfired boiler. And the toilets were clean. The toilets are also used by people visiting the organic shop and cafe.
No play areas except those provided by being surrounded by woodland. Campfires allowed. Yeah!. And dogs allowed (must be kept on a lead)
I would certainly recommend this campsite. If you like rough camping you'll find it luxurious, if you like pampered camping you might feel that you're having to rough it!
Had a great weekend up here. Lovely leafy location. They accept campervans but no big coachbuilt flimsies or caravans due to access restrictions. No hook ups either as they are trying to be eco-friendly. Falkland is a 20 minute walk or quick cycle away. Cars can be unloaded at campsite and then have to be parked up a short distance away. Fires are also allowed in the existing fire pits. Composting toilets a good experience. Great for the kids due to woods to explore and play in. All in all a nice peaceful site. Will use again.
We had an idyllic time camping in the orchard of this organic farm. There's also an organic cafe and shop. Little birds (finches, robins etc) hop round the outside tables for crumbs.
The site has a choice of flushing or composting toilets. The shower looked quite basic. A new toilet and shower block was being built while we were there.
The farm is part of the Falkland estate in the Howe of Fife. Many times we have zoomed up the M90 to Perthshire not knowing what a lovely part of the world we were missing.
The farm is on a Sustrans route to St Andrews and footpaths abound. It's about a mile through the woods to the picturesque village of Falkland with pubs, shops and Falkland Palace, an NTS property.
In terms of children's facilities, well there's a sandpit, but ours were quite happy just pottering around the orchard or the woods or the farm.
We had dry weather, which probably helps, but this was our first proper campsite and it was my idea of just perfect. It's only an hour from Edinburgh so I'm slightly loathe to review this amazing place in case its full up next time we want to go.
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