Farming family’s park grows

Gwen and Andy Peddie, and their daughter Kirsty
Gwen and Andy Peddie, and their daughter Kirsty

A farming family who have established Scotland’s newest holiday park believe their business has the potential generate hundreds of thousands of pounds for the East Neuk economy.

Gwen and Andy Peddie, and their daughter Kirsty, have enjoyed two highly successful summer seasons since setting up Silverdyke Caravan Park in Cellardyke.

After spending a decade turning their business idea into reality, they are determined to make it work – not just for themselves, but for the wider community.

Gwen said: “We started planning our caravan park when we heard that the nearby Anstruther Holiday Camp was closing.

“It was a big undertaking, and took a lot of time, money and effort, but it’s certainly been worthwhile.”

The family invested £750,000 to create Silverdyke Caravan Park. It took 10 years to obtain planning permission, and a further 12 months to transform what was once a bare field into the new holiday park, which opened for business on October 1, 2012.

Gwen added: “Silverdyke Park has permission for 130 holiday homes and lodges and 31 fully serviced touring pitches.

“Once fully operational we should generate £750,000 into the local economy.

“We have had two fantastic summers and are very happy with all the positive Tripadvisor and Facebook comments.

“Customers enjoy our beautiful coastal location and all that Anstruther and Cellardyke have to offer.

“Local restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and other businesses have had increased turnovers as a result of the park opening.”