SOLD: Skene Wood £55,000 Freehold


The woods at Millbank are a delight for both young and old and Skene Wood is no exception. Set within the heart of the much wider woodland of 80 acres at Millbank, with majestic towering pines, interspersed with birch, beech, larch and rowan, Skene Wood has a flavour of everything, both coniferous and deciduous. While the trees are growing well, the understory is equally strong; a diverse kaleidoscope of fern and sorrel, with a multitude of wildflowers. Plenty of light penetrates to the ground making for a very green looking woodland floor, that in turn attracts a variety of flora and fauna.

These woods are well worth a wander through on a sunny day, in what is understandably proving to be a very popular woodland.

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 woodland boasts many fine mature conifer and deciduous trees, from Scots pine to beech, with holly, birch and larch to name but a few. A sign of how diversity creates a more resilient woodland.


The woods at Millbank are a haven for all wildlife, great and small; its proximity to the larger neighbouring wood known as Scare Wood provides a much larger area to roam. There are areas of semi wetland within the larger wood that further expands its biodiversity. A well placed trail cam is sure to record deer with the possibility of also snapping badgers and red squirrels.


It is the maturity of the trees that add to the majesty of this particular woodland, the trees are well spaced with good strong root systems.

Access, tracks and footpaths

The internal access track is strong and in good repair, providing easy access for all types of vehicle directly to the wood. The wood is open and airy and easy to traverse on foot.

Rights and covenants

All sporting rights are sold with the woodland.


The woods at Millbank would be the perfect place to set up camp for a few days to explore the wider woodland and as a perfect base for forays into Aberdeenshire and the Cairngorms.

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.. From here it is a short hop to the Cairngorm National Park, arguably the heart of Scotland in many ways.

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. 38
  • Grid ref: NJ 657 114
  • Nearest post code: AB51 7SA
  • GPS coordinates: 57.1927, -2.56834

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 until you reach a layby with a telephone box on the lefthand side. Please park here.
  • Opposite the layby on the other side of the road is a double metal gate and a short track leading to the entrance to the woods
  • Continue for 50m and there is a locked wooden gate marking the entrance to the main woodland.
  • Follow the main track, bearing right at the first junction and continue for about 200m. The wood is on your left .

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 fantastic mixed woodland of manageable size, within easy reach of Aberdeen.

Managed by Torquil Varty and Rachel Bower

Telephone: 01307 467393

Telephone: 07803 903 203

Email: [email protected]