Auchmuir Farm is situated about 3 miles to the south west of the village of Leslie, some 9 miles north of Kirkcaldy and approximately 30 miles north of Edinburgh. The farm is well located benefitting from easy access from the …
Auchmuir Farm is situated about 3 miles to the south west of the village of Leslie, some 9 miles north of Kirkcaldy and approximately 30 miles north of Edinburgh. The farm is well located benefitting from easy access from the surrounding villages and good access onto main A-class roads providing swift access to the M90.
The nearby town of Kirkcaldy provides excellent
communication with a mainline railway station and the area is served by a number of main road networks leading to the major cities of Scotland. Edinburgh is situated about 30 miles to the south and Perth is 28 miles to the north west and the farm is within half an hour of Dunfermline to the north west.
From Edinburgh Airport there are regular shuttle flights to London and departures to various European countries. Dundee is 25 miles to the north and also has its own airport which serves London, Birmingham and Belfast. The area is home to an array of wildlife and for the outdoor enthusiast offers access to a wide range of recreational pursuits including walking, cycling, riding, golf with many highly regarded golf courses within easy reach including Lundin Links, Elie, Ladybank, and many fines courses in St Andrews where the Old Course plays regular host to the British Open. Challenging
shooting and fishing may be taken locally in addition there is The Fife Hunt, the most northerly pack of fox hounds in the UK, with many opportunities for riding with pony clubs for the younger enthusiasts.
The attractive villages of Fife’s quaint East Neuk such as Anstruther, Pittenweem, Elie and Crail are just a short distance to the south east and Fife’s beautiful coastline includes several excellent sandy beaches such as Tentsmuir, St Andrews and Elie, all within an hour’s drive of the farm.
The nearest primary school is Leslie Primary School with secondary schooling at Glenwood High School in Glenrothes. The area is well catered for in terms of private schooling with St Leonards in St Andrews, the High School of Dundee and Dollar Academy. There is a further range of exceptional private schools close to Perth including Strathallan, Kilgraston and Craigclowan with Glenalmond College to the west of Perth.
Traditionally this area of Fife is known for its fertile land capable of producing high yields of an extensive range of crops. The surrounding area is well supplied with agricultural merchants and machinery dealers and there is an excellent livestock market at Stirling Agricultural Centre which is just over an hour’s drive from the holding.
Auchmuir Farm is an excellent mixed farming
unit extending to approximately 203.67 Ha (503.27 Acres) and is situated in one of the fertile heartlands of rural Fife. The land is split into three blocks divided by the minor public road and there is good access to the fields from a network of farm tracks or directly from the public roads.
Auchmuir Farmhouse is an attractive farmhouse of stone construction under a pitched slate roof over two storeys with a single storey extension under a slate roof to the rear and is located to the east of the principal farm steading. The farmhouse sits within private garden grounds which are mostly laid to lawn and enclosed by a stone wall.
The farm is equipped with an excellent range of modern and traditional farm buildings which are situated adjacent to the farmhouse and are easily accessed from the farm drive. The best of the arable land on the farm is well suited to growing a wider range of crops principally cereals but would be suitable for potatoes, field beans and other vegetable root crops. The remainder of the holding is made up of good silage ground and pasture land. There are areas of woodland and shelter belts interspersed throughout the property which provide
excellent shelter and amenity to the holding.
The land has been principally classified as a mix of Grade 3.1, Grade 3.2, Grade 4.1 with some Grade 5.1 by the James Hutton Institute. The land at Auchmuir is generally gently undulating and of a varying aspect rising from 110m at the River Leven to the north of the holding to 180m above sea level on the southern boundary. The fields are of a practical size and layout for their existing use.
The farming system at Auchmuir is centred on a mixed arable livestock farming enterprise. The farmland rotation has been based around the arable crops of Malting Barley, Spring Oats and Wheat with temporary grassland, and the land has been complemented by regular applications of farmyard manure generated from the livestock enterprise comprising around 100 sucklers plus followers.