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Tillycairn Wood, Aberdeenshire - About 5 acres, £45,000

Tillycairn Wood

Tillycairn Wood is a wonderful little woodland set within the forest at Millbank, that in turn is connected to the larger 'Scare Wood', currently owned by the Forestry Commission. At about 5 acres it is an ideal size for someone embarking on woodland ownership as a new venture.

Access to the wood is exceptionally good, with the tracks having been recently substantially strengthened with excellent stone from within the woodland and will be largely maintenance free for many years to come.

Tillycairn is located at the end of one of these tracks and is suitable for all types of vehicle, please park near the entrance to the main wood when viewing being sure to keep the gateway clear at all times.

The wood is comprised of two distinct areas: the lower section, part of Minister's Moss, is a good mix of birch, rowan and alder. Within this area there is further diversity; damp areas and pools collecting water and there are a number of different sphagnum mosses creating a rich and varied ecosystem that is the base of the food chain for much wildlife. In the wider world, there are over 380 different types of sphagnum moss. Sadly though, this traditional wetland habitat has shrunk globally with land being mainly drained for agriculture. It is however, an invaluable habitat for many species, as well as being an efficient carbon store, integral to limiting the rise of global warming. Enlargement of some of the pool areas would create ideal conditions for more water plant species such as iris or marsh marigold and their colourful blooms favoured by insects such as dragon flies. A modest burn runs gently through Tillycairn and is an attractive draw to both four and two legged animals alike; perhaps the inspiration for bridge construction?

In contrast, the higher section of woodland is dry and home to some fine mature pines and would be the natural place for siting a woodland shelter and fire and if required, or for a spot of wild camping in the long hot summertime. The ease of access on foot is good with a vibrant understory of bilberry, providing late summer forage for birdlife stocking up reserves for winter.

There is plenty of scope for small scale harvesting of timber to keep log fires burning or for some creative carpentry.

Given the convenience of easy access from Aberdeen, these woods have attracted a great deal of interest and attention and early viewing is advised.

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.

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.

  • Price: £45,000 Freehold
  • Location: Millbank, near Sauchen, Aberdeenshire
  • Size: About 5 acres for sale


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torquilandrachel Torquil Varty and Rachel Bower
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OS Landranger: OS No 38
Grid ref: NS 657 110
Nearest post code: AB51 7SA



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