SOLD: Machar Wood £35,000 Freehold


The name Machar is steeped in the history of the area: St. Machar was a companion of St. Columba and established a church in Old Aberdeen around AD 580. According to a 14th-century account, God (or St Columba) told Machar to establish his church where a river bends in the shape of a bishop's crozier before entering the sea. The River Don makes this shape near the present cathedral site.

Machar Wood however is sited north of Aberdeen, among the rolling countryside and provides a peaceful haven although not too far from the bustle of city life.

The main body of the wood is young conifer that is starting to achieve a good height, is growing well and developing volume; will provide an abundance of firewood if thinning is embarked upon. There is a wide access track that follows a wayleave providing really excellent access to the rear of the woodland.

An unplanted area towards the rear or the wood would give great scope for the siting of a polytunnel, hut or to provide some small scale pasture. Alternatively more specific planting could be undertaken to increase the diversity of the woodland. Adjacent to this grassy area there is a section of deciduous planting with a good mix of oak, cherry and birch and within this area a bench has been installed to provide a good reason to sit and rest a while.

A number of pedestrian tracks have been cut through the conifer that is now at a point in its growth where it would be productive to thin. Thinning to create small clearings or glades will allow more light to reach the understory and this in turn will attract and help more ground flora and fauna to become established.

The woods at Lairshill have proved very popular and early viewing is reccommended.

Access: Access is off the minor public road and along a private hard grassy track with full rights of way.

Sporting rights: Are included.

Surrounding area: The villages of Newmachar and Hatton of Fintray are nearby, as is the Kirkhill Forest and Formartine and Buchan Way cycling/walking routes. Aberdeen is Scotland's third largest city profiting from a booming oil industry with property being very sought after. To the west is the fertile and attractive region of Deeside and beyond are the eastern fringes of the Cairngorm National Park. To the north is the world famous whisky producing area of Speyside, whilst the north east coastline provides atmospheric empty beaches and historic fishing villages such as Balmedie and Newburgh.

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.

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. 38
  • Grid ref: NJ 863 189
  • Nearest post code: AB21 0BX
  • GPS coordinates: 57.2611, -2.22765

Location map


Machar Wood is located 25 minutes NW of Aberdeen

For Directions From Bing Maps CLICK HERE,enter your own postcode, (wood location already entered) click blue "Go" box, this will take you to the entrance.

For Satnav: the postcode AB21 0PX is for the point shown by the red dot on the location maps. Satnav coordinates are Lat: N57:15:39Lon: W2:13:44

  • Machar Wood is located about 2 miles west from the village of Newmachar and about 11 miles northwest from Aberdeen city centre.
  • Travelling out from Aberdeen on the A96 take the A947 road north towards Newmachar/Oldmeldrum.
  • Proceed for about 5 miles passing Dyce and, 1 mile before reaching Newmachar, turn left onto the B979.
  • Proceed west for about 1 mile and then turn right at the sign directing towards Lairshill.
  • Continue northwest along this road for about 2 miles where you will see the "Woodlands For Sale" sign and double metal entrance gates on the right. Please park here safely off the road.
  • From inside the double gates walk approx. 20m along the access track to Machar Wood as shown on the detailed map.

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 quiet and productive woodland of established conifer and younger deciduous trees, within very easy reach of Aberdeen.

Managed by Torquil Varty and Rachel Bower

Telephone: 01307 467393

Telephone: 07803 903 203

Email: [email protected]