SOLD: Boyton Wood £79,500 Freehold


This is a fantastic woodland with great potential, situated close to the village of Maud, on what was formerly the Brucklay Estate. This once extensive estate, has now been dissolved and sold on to various new owners.

The woodland is is divided roughly into about 3 acres of meadow and about 4.5 acres of Sitka and larch plantation, with a fringe of deciduous trees. The meadow is well fenced with a holding pen just before the main body of the meadow, for separation of animals if required. The land here is very fertile and will produce good pasture when managed effectively. The South Ugie Water bounds the meadow; the Title runs up to the water though the fence is set back from it.

It is unusual to get such a sizeable area of meadow with woodland and it opens up opportunities for countless activities such as camping, vegetable growing or animal husbandry.

The woodland sits as a spur heading north east from the meadow and is mainly Sitka spruce, with a lovely stand of larch that could provide some quality building timber. The woods would benefit from thinning either across the whole or by creating clearings that will allow light into the forest floor, thereby increasing the biodiversity of the woodland. The neighbouring plantation has a management plan that involves felling for firewood and allowing natural regeneration to repopulate the wood. This has proven to be by far the most sensitive and efficient way of turning plantations into natural woodland.

This is a real treat of a wood and early viewing is recommended.

There are no covenants attached to this woodland.

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 main body of the woodland is maturing Sitka spruce, with a smaller stand of larch that will provide good timber for firewood or construction purposes. The southern fringe of woodland is mainly birch and alder.


The surrounding area is well wooded and will be a haven for all manner of small mammals, the stream will naturally attract wildlife and insects, a corner stone of the food chain, to its banks.


The South Ugie Water runs past the south west boundary of the woodland providing a good source of water for animals and for humans, as well as having potential for micro power generation (subject to the required permits).

Access, tracks and footpaths

A few paths have been created through the conifer from earlier thinning activities, with an open grassy strip on the eastern boundary allowing easier access for viewing purposes. There is scope to open up the wood by sensitive low limbing, to in effect raise the canopy above head height.

Rights and covenants

All sporting rights are sold with the woodland.


With its large area of meadowland the options for this woodland are varied with scope for keeping animals as well as additional tree planting or the perfect spot for siting a polytunnel. The meadow area has been well fenced for immediate use.

Local area and history

Boyton Wood is historically part of the old Brucklay Castle & Estate grounds, that covered a swathe of the South Ugie Water valley in the old county of Buchanshire. Maud village, with its good local facilities, including a shop and hotel pub, are within about 2 miles walk of Boyton Wood, via quiet roads or the nearby Formantine and Buchan Way. The larger village of Mintlaw and the coastal town of Peterhead are within 5 and 12 miles east respectively. New Deer village is a few miles west and Ellon, Turriff and Fraserburgh towns are within about 20 mins drive. The City of Aberdeen is about 30 miles and 45 mins drive to the south.

Wood maps

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

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 30
  • Grid ref: NJ 912 493
  • Nearest post code: AB42 4QN
  • GPS coordinates: 57.534, -2.14764

Location map


  • From Maud head out on Castle Road for about 2 miles and take the second right off this road.
  • Drive slowly down this track for about 600 metres and the woodland is on the right just over a bridge.
  • Post code directions will take you to a house just beyond the turn off to the track. If this is the case double back and take the first left.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

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.

A lovely mixed, maturing woodland and meadow, located close to the village of Maud, Aberdeenshire, on the old Brucklay Estate

Managed by Torquil Varty and Rachel Bower

Telephone: 01307 467393

Telephone: 07803 903 203

Email: [email protected]