Visit an organic farm

Pillars of Hercules, Fife

Bruce Bennett set up Pillars of Hercules farm in 1983 at a time when organic farming was seen as a somewhat Utopian and uneconomic pastime. However the farm has steadily grown over the years and is now in a rapidly expanding marketplace. The farm, together with its shop and café are well worth a visit.

Poultry and fruit

Bruce farms six hectares in total, much of this for grazing 240 free-range organic chickens. The fertility building clover crop is grazed by turkeys in late summer. The orchard was planted about eight years ago and is now producing a good crop of apples and plums, and is an excellent habitat for the chickens to forage.

Vegetables

The farm grows a wide range of vegetables and herbs, specialising in mixed salad packs, supplying box schemes, shops and wholesalers around Scotland. A dedicated staff of two full-time workers plus a variety of part-time, seasonal and volunteer (WWOOF) workers support all this activity. Nine polytunnels are invaluable for producing early and late crops of salads and other vegetables.

Pillars of Hercules farm shop and café

Starting from small beginnings as a lean-to shed selling just a small selection of vegetables and eggs, the shop has expanded considerably. It now includes not only the full range of fruit and vegetables, but also a wide variety of wholefoods, bread, dairy products, meat, eggs, snacks and ecological household products. The café, where you can sit on the veranda and watch the ebb and flow of farm life pass you by, serves a menu of simple healthy meals and snacks, tea coffee and cakes, all homemade. Last orders are at 5.00 pm.

Why 'Pillars of Hercules' 

The name goes back a long time. It seems to refer to stones that were next to the house where they used to rest coffins on the way up to an old burial ground at Kilgour Farm further up the road. According to Greek mythology, the Pillars of Hercules were the limits of the known world. This could explain why the farm’s salads are described as being 'out of this world'.  

Arranging a visit   

The shop is open every day, 09:00am to 6:00pm, and the café is open 10:00 am to 5:00. Groups by appointment only please.  

How to get there   

By road: From Falkland, take the A912 towards Strathmiglo. Look out for the farm shop signs and turn left onto the minor road.
By foot: From Falkland, head west through the village, along West Port, out through the estate gates, past the duck pond and follow the signs to Pillars of Hercules.  
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website         

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