SOLD: Cardine Wood £39,000 Freehold


There is something about a Scots pine forest that will be forever Scottish; a talisman of the ancient forests. Of course, the ancient forests would have looked markedly different from the modern day plantation woodlands. The timber here grows tall and straight, making it easier to fell and convert into sawn timber, essential for so many things. A 700 year old Scots pine would spread its gnarly branches far and wide, more reminiscent of a Lebanese cedar tree. There are a few specimen trees dotted around the wider woodland that have this feel, though not quite yet 700 years old. The woods here are peaceful and will reveal their many delights and secrets over time.

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 Scots pine was the mainstay of the Caledonian forest and is home to rare species such as the creeping lady’s tresses and lesser twayblade orchids; the Scottish wood ant and Rannoch looper; and the capercaillie, crested tit and Scottish crossbill. Mammals include red squirrel, pine marten and Scottish wildcat.

With a well positioned webcam, it would be interesting to see if these species visit the woods.


Cardine wood is a tranquil delight set within the wandering larger forest of Baddengorm, home to the largest population of capercaille in Scotland: you maybe have to be lucky to see one as 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 woods have a vibrant understory, thick with blaeberries providing the perfect habitat for red squirrels and deer and the elusive capercaille.

Access, tracks and footpaths

The internal access tracks have been recently maintained and scraped off, the woods have been well thinned making specific footpaths unnecessary.

Rights and covenants

Sporting Rights: These are owned and included with the land.


The woods are the perfect base for summer camps though a shepherds hut with a burner maybe more the thing in the winter months.

Local area and history

Cardine Wood is part of Baddengorm Wood and is situated close to the attractive highland village of Carrbridge in the Cairngorm National Park, well known for its mountain ranges, outdoor pursuits and diverse native wildlife. 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 as well as the bustling Victorian town of Nairn.

Wood maps

Wood map


Boundaries are marked by blue 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. 36
  • Grid ref: NH 893 238
  • Nearest post code: PH23 3AU
  • GPS coordinates: 57.2914, -3.83781

Location map


Cardine 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 100m then turn left.
  • The wood is 200m straight on.

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 wonderfully light Scots pine woodland, close to Aviemore and in the Cairngorms National Park

Managed by Torquil Varty and Rachel Bower

Telephone: 01307 467393

Telephone: 07803 903 203

Email: [email protected]