SOLD: Marthas Wood £39,000 Freehold


Marthas Wood boasts a large supply of good strong timber with excellent access off the main road. The terrain is flat and the woodland has been well thinned in the past, creating a light and airy feel. The understory is mainly shrubby blaeberry bushes that provide the perfect habitat for the capercaille that are resident in wider Baddengorm forest as well as the Scottish wood ant and red squirrels.

It is important to retain the habitats of these wonderful creatures and as such we ask prospective woodland owners to adhere to the covenant and to commit to best practice in regard to ensuring that the cappercaille of Baddengorm flourish for many generations to come.

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.

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.


The ancient Caledonian forest once dominated the Scottish landscape, rich in diverse species this habitat thrived for millenia. The Scots pine was one of the more dominant species and is the predominant species at Baddengorm, along with rowan, willow, juniper, birch and yew: all drip with lichen in the clean air. The once mighty forest has shrunk to less than 16,000 hectares, resulting in the catastrophic decline in related species. The challenge for the next generation will be to redress this imbalance.


The forest of Baddengorm is home to the largest population of capercaille in Scotland: you might be lucky to see one but they are notoriously elusive creatures.

The capercaillie is a spectacular large woodland grouse of old world boreal and temperate forests. It is notable for its communal displays at ‘leks’ in spring, where males gather to attract a mate.

The RSPB have been leading a reintroduction project, to avoid the extinction of the capercaille by building partnerships with local landowners, establishing best practice regarding the protection of habitat.

The capercaille were originally hunted to extinction in Scotland, however there is a huge population in Finland that were successfully introduced back to Scotland, though this re-introduction is sadly under threat.


The feature of this woodland is undoubtedly the wildlife and although the capercaille may be elusive the Scottish wood ants are very much present and worthy of study.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to the wood is very good and can be navigated by any type of vehicle though care should be taken when the weather is poor. At the ridestope entrance there is plenty of room for timber stacking or vehicle manoeuvring.

Rights and covenants

Sporting rights are included with the sale.


The timber here grows strong and true and would be perfect for a wide variety of carpentry projects.

Local area and history

Marthas Wood is part of Baddengorm Forest and is situated close to the attractive highland village of Carrbridge in the Cairngorm National Park, which is well known for its mountain ranges, outdoor pursuits and diverse native wildlife. Carrbridge's most famous landmark is the old packhorse bridge, from which the village is named. The bridge, built in 1717,is the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands. Ancient Caledonian Pine Woodland sites are nearby to the north and to the south at the popular Rothiemurchus estate. Aviemore, the Spey and Speyside Way are all within 10 miles. The city of Inverness is about 30 minutes to the north.

Wood maps

Wood map


Boundaries are marked by orange painted post tops.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 26
  • Grid ref: NH 894 236
  • Nearest post code: PH23 3AU
  • GPS coordinates: 57.29, -3.83615

Location map


Marthas Wood is situated approximately 1½ miles to the north west of Carrbridge village between Aviemore and Inverness.

Travelling on the A9 turn off onto the A938 heading east towards Carrbridge.

  • Pass under the railway bridge and after about 1 mile you will see a "Woodlands For Sale" sign on your left and adjacent padlocked double metal gates.
  • Please park here to the side of the gates.
  • Turn right through the gate and walk for about 250m taking the second track on the left.
  • The wood is 100m on the left.

Travelling on the A95 turn off onto the A938 heading west towards Carrbridge.

  • Continue on the A938 passing by Carrbridge and after about 1½ miles you will see a "Woodlands For Sale" sign on your right and adjacent padlocked double metal gates.
  • Please park here to the side of the gates and walk down the forest track towards the wood as detailed above.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of two woodland books

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.

Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on their mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.

Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.

These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

A woodland of easily managed size, in a stunning Highlands location.

Managed by Torquil Varty and Rachel Bower

Telephone: 01307 467393

Telephone: 07803 903 203

Email: [email protected]