Baran Wood

Baran Wood, Bowershall, Dunfermline, Fife |

This smaller woodland is very attractive and will appeal to both young and old. Baran is a gaelic name meaning ‘noble warrior’, though is common in other languages and cultures. At about three and a half acres this is of a very manageable size for anyone starting out in woodland ownership. Baran sits within the wider woodland known as Balmule that really is a peaceful oasis of about 80 acres of deciduous forest.

It was originally farmland converted to woodland with plenty of drystone dykes forming boundaries between woods, providing an added ecosystem to the already diverse infrastructure.

The land is generally flat with plenty of room for camping or the siting of a woodland shelter.

In common with most parts of the UK, there are some signs of ash die back. General experience shows that thankfully there are trees proving to be resistant to the fungus and it is these important disease tolerant trees that will repopulate for future generations. Often overlooked, dead wood is a vital part of a balanced habitat and ecology and felling is not recommended unless trees are of a dangerous size; it is an important consideration too that ash is an exceptionally good firewood.


The woods at Balmule have proved to be very popular and for good reason as this deciduous woodland contains an envious list of tree species including chestnut, hornbeam, oak, ash, cherry, sycamore, holly to name but a few.


The wildlife is abundant, a discreetly placed webcam would be sure to pick up signs of deer and other small mammals.


The most prominent feature of this woodland is the diversity of tree species within it that in turn will attract a diversity of insects and birdlife.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access is good with two areas of hardstanding within the wood as well as a firm stone track allowing access with any type of vehicle.

Rights and covenants

Full sporting rights are sold with the woodland.

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.


A number of woods have been sold already providing an interesting community of friendly people getting on with a multitude of woodland activities.

Local area and history

Conall Wood is located within 15 minutes from Dunfermline, which up until the 17th Century was the royal capital of Scotland and centrally located for Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling. Fife, bounded to the north by the Firth of Tay, and to the south by the Firth of Forth, is a natural peninsula where 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.

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.

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