SOLD: Gemmel Wood £46,000 Freehold


Gemmel Wood is an appealing woodland with direct road frontage and a mixture of trees mainly comprising young conifers and birch regeneration to the west and older conifers and broadleaves to the east. There is scope to create a flourishing woodland habitat and replace the majority of maturing Sitka and Norway Spruce with native species over time.

For a number of years the woodland has been used by a local forest school, creating interesting shelters and communal areas for story telling around the fire pit and bush kitchens for hungry mouths. These woods are the perfect antidote to a chaotic world and would suit someone looking to set up a similar project. It is great to see the creativity that has been happening here over the years and the owner hopes that it will inspire a new generation to take the woodland forward.

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.


Thornton Woodlands: which Gemmel Wood is part of, are situated in idyllic, historic and very peaceful rural surroundings. The trees are a diverse mixture of species and ages and have been sympathetically managed. Currently, mature Scots pine, young spruce and birch are dominant, but there are significant areas of mixed broadleaves including oak and alder and Norway spruce.


Red squirrels, woodpeckers, pheasant, deer, wild hare and various fungi inhabit the woods. There are grants for encouraging capercaille.


The woods have been worked over the years, clearing the lower branches of the conifer with additional thinning to allow light onto the forest floor with a number of wood stacks ready for the burner.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access: is taken from the B974 through a shared single gate entrance and then along a hardstanding shared private access track over which there is a right of access for all purposes.

Rights and covenants

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

Mineral Rights: These are owned and included with the land except where reserved by statute.


There is plenty of good timber within Gemmel Wood that will provide a sustainable supply of firewood or stock of timber for construction projects.

Local area and history

Nearby are the tourist villages of Edzell, with its hidden "rocks of solitude" walk along the North Esk river, and Fettercairn with its working distillery. Slightly further afield are Glamis Castle and Lunan Bay beach and the fishing town of Montrose. Dundee and Aberdeen are each approximately 35 mins drive.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries of the woodland are indicated with orange markings on freestanding or fencing posts.

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 45
  • Grid ref: NO 664 705
  • Nearest post code: AB30 1PT
  • GPS coordinates: 56.8255, -2.55076

Location map


  • Travelling along the A90 dual carriageway, take the turn off for the B974 heading towards Fettercairn.
  • Continue past the old Sauchieburn Hotel and after approximately 500 metres you will find the start of Gemmel Wood just after Douglas Cottage on your right.
  • A further 100 metres along you will see the first "Woodland For Sale" sign fixed on to a metal gate.
  • Please park here where you will see the orange marked posts on the right of the shared internal access track marking the northern boundary of Gemmel Wood.

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

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 well looked after woodland set in beautiful rolling countryside between Aberdeen and Dundee.

Managed by Torquil Varty and Rachel Bower

Telephone: 01307 467393

Telephone: 07803 903 203

Email: [email protected]