SOLD: Doric Wood £39,000 Freehold


Doric Wood, at just over 4 acres, is a very manageable size for someone taking their first dip into woodland ownership. This young woodland is well on its way to becoming a very fine wood of enormous diversity. With access to a substantial hard area at the shared entrance, that is suitable for use as a timber stacking area or as secure parking, vehicle access is excellent. The land slopes down to another clear area that could be used as an excellent camping spot. A circular trail has been cut through the undergrowth to give the visitor a chance to explore, further trail making would probably be high on the agenda of any future owner.

There is plenty of scope for thinning and extracting timber for firewood for personal use: any birch that is cut would need to be kept dry as it rots quickly if left out in the elements.

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.


As a 'pioneer species', birch is the most common tree to re-establish itself within new woodland in Britain. In the natural world, pioneer species really come into their own and can give rise to a self seeded woodland after landscape changing forest fires, destructive flooding, or more commonly in Britain, after the destructive force of the clear-felling of some forestry practices. The policy of clear-felling is a blunt instrument with little regard to the long term effects on soil structure and wildlife. However in the right conditions, with the right seed bank, what follows in its wake can become a real haven for wildlife; as can be seen in Doric Wood and the other small woodlands at Broadley.


The scope of wildlife within a woodland can be directly linked to its ecological diversity and how much human interference there is. On both counts Doric Wood scores highly and is a haven for creatures small and large. Although the undergrowth is vibrant and dense in places, there are many animal trails criss-crossing the woodland.


A sturdy bench has been installed in the wood for those wanting to sit and watch awhile.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access is very good off the public road with a large area of hardstanding is available for timber stacking or parking. A circular walk has been cut through the wood, however there is plenty of scope for opening up additional paths.

Rights and covenants

Sporting rights are included with the sale of the wood.


Self seeded woodlands are a bushcrafters paradise with a huge amount of variety within a small area; a flood of light on to the forest floor stirs the dormant seed-bank, allowing seeds dropped by birds or blown by the wind to flourish. Doric Wood could be a perfect outdoor classroom for young and old.

Local area and history

The Moray coast is a hidden gem of Scotland that has so far remained amongst the roads less travelled. From quaint fishing villages such as Portsoy and Findochty to hidden bays dotted along the 50 mile coastal trail, this is a fantastic place to have a woodland base.

There are a number of castles to explore such as the ruined Duffus Castle , to the magical Findlater Castle set looking out to sea and a reminder of time gone by, to the more formal gardens of the 'pearl of the north', Ballindalloch Castle.

Further up the coast is Elgin, Findhorn, Nairn and Inverness, that benefits from great train and plane links, as well as being the closest you will get to 'urban' for quite some distance.

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. 28
  • Grid ref: NJ 392 620
  • Nearest post code: AB56 5HP
  • GPS coordinates: 57.6441, -3.02001

Location map


From Inverness:

  • Follow the A96 to Fochabers
  • Take the A98 towards Fraserburgh
  • Just before Buckie take a right turn signposted to Broadley.
  • Continue for 200m and the woodland is on your right.There is a metal gate with post and rail fencing.

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

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 young diverse woodland with great access on the Moray coast.

Managed by Torquil Varty and Rachel Bower

Telephone: 01307 467393

Telephone: 07803 903 203

Email: [email protected]