SOLD: Red Elder Wood £39,000 Freehold


Perhaps unsurprisingly, the woodland has been named Red Elder due to the explosion of red elder that have sprouted within the open area of the wood. Its berries are a popular source of food for birds and are attractive to butterflies. It is seen as a medicinal plant used in the treatment of coughs and colds, although seek advice first as parts of the elder can be poisonous if eaten raw. Berries need to be cooked and then can be eaten safely.

This delightful smaller woodland appears to have it all: a majestic stand of mature beech looking down on an a lower area, also dominated by tall pines, with plenty of open areas ready for planting. A number of windblown trees have been cut and stacked, ready to contribute to someones firewood supply. The woodland is dissected by an old dry stone wall that provides a great habitat for small mammals that will be living within. The wood is generally very open, allowing easy access with no defined paths through the wood. There is however a path at the edge of the wood next to Quinach Burn, though this skirts the outer edge of the woodland and is not intrusive. This smaller wood is a real gem and will be a great backdrop for young and old to expore the joys of woodland ownership.

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.


Beech trees may live up to 350 years and can provide an important habitat. Due to its dense canopy, rarer plant species are associated with beech woodland, such as box, coralroot bittercress and a variety of orchids, including red helleborine. Beech woodland provides an important habitat for many butterflies, particularly in open glades and along woodland rides.


The 70 acres or so of woodland at Millbank, are teeming with wildlife; a rich diversity of landscape and a good mixture of trees correspondingly increasing the habitat diversity.


There is a stream that follows the northern boundary that will draw all manner of wildlife to the woods.

Access, tracks and footpaths

A well stoned access track directly up to the wood providing great accessibility for all types of vehicle.

Rights and covenants

All sporting rights are included in the sale of the woodland.


Woodlands are known to increase personal happiness, primarily by providing the backdrop to get out and engage with nature. Time spent in the woods is valuable to young and old whether it’s den making, camping, dog walking or bird watching, it all adds to a sense of well being in an increasingly chaotic world.

Local area and history

The surrounding area is steeped in history with the close proximity of Castle Fraser and Cluny Castle, both fine examples of 16th century architecture, though the core of Castle Fraser dates back to the 1450s. Craigievar Castle in nearby Alford, a pink castle supposedly the inspiration for Walt Disney, is another local attraction as well as the Loch of Skene: the loch supports concentrations of wildfowl in autumn and winter in particular greylag geese, goldeneye ducks and pink-footed geese.

Wood maps

Wood map


Boundaries are marked by turquoise 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 655 116
  • Nearest post code: AB51 7SA
  • GPS coordinates: 57.1939, -2.57124

Location map


From Aberdeen:

  • Take the A944 in the direction of Alford.
  • Just just after the hamlet of Ordhead keep going past a woodlands for sale sign,
  • Continue through Millbank untill you reach a layby on the lefthand side with a telephone box..Please pull in and park here Opposite the layby on the other side of the road is the entrance to the woods. Please take care when crossing the road.
  • Continue for 50m and there is a locked wooden gate marking the entrance.
  • Follow the main track, bearing left at the first bend, to the ride-stop entrance to Red Elder Wood on the left.

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.

An awe inspiring mature beech woodland, between Aberdeen and the Cairngorm National Park.

Managed by Torquil Varty and Rachel Bower

Telephone: 01307 467393

Telephone: 07803 903 203

Email: [email protected]