SOLD: Valan Wood £35,000 Freehold


The name Valan is taken from the the Scottish Gaelic form of the Latin, Valentinus, meaning healthy and strong; indicative perhaps of the vigorous growth shown by this young and productive woodland.

The main body of the wood consists of spruce conifers, providing a secluded and valuable habitat for red squirrels. Valan wood is in a region of Scotland that is on the front line of action to save this iconic native species. Click here for more information:

www.woodlands.co.uk/blog/flora-and-fauna/red-squirrels-in-scotland/ .

Around the periphery of the wood there are two sections of deciduous trees and these, as well as the coniferous species, have shown good levels of growth over the preceding sixteen years since planting. They comprise mainly of oak, alder, birch and rowan or mountain ash, with unusually half a dozen cotoneasters, an attractive shrub related to both hawthorn and rowan, providing a valuable source of nectar to bees in the June Gap.

There is an old pheasant pen at the south eastern end of the wood and the adjacent track that forms the southern boundary has been cleared and is wide enough for a vehicle. From here, there is a good internal path that leads to a private clearing and this could be further enlarged to provide not only more interest but, more importantly, a greater area of differing habitat. Alternatively, many smaller, similar clearings could be created to increase the diversity of species that would welcome the light being brought down to the woodland floor. A further benefit of enlarging the clearings would be a sustainable source of that most ancient of fuels, firewood.

This clearing would offer a perfect secluded camping spot for the woodland worker and is enhanced by a bench to rest at.

Surrounding area

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 whisky producing area of Speyside, whilst the north east coastline provides atmospheric empty beaches and historic fishing villages.

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

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 865 189
  • Nearest post code: AB21 0BX
  • GPS coordinates: 57.2606, -2.22377

Location map


Valan 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: N57:15:39 Lon: W2:13:44

  • Valan 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. 400m along the access track to Valan 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 our woodland book

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 young conifer woodland, set in a peaceful rural location yet within easy reach of Aberdeen.

Managed by Torquil Varty and Rachel Bower

Telephone: 01307 467393

Telephone: 07803 903 203

Email: [email protected]