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Valan Wood, Aberdeenshire - About 3 ¾ acres, £29,000

Valan Wood

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.

  • Price: £29,000 Freehold
  • Location: Newmacher, Aberdeenshire
  • Size: About 3 ¾ acres for sale


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Local manager

torquilandrachel Torquil Varty and Rachel Bower
07803 903 203 or 01307 467393

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OS Landranger: OS No 38
Grid ref: NJ 865 189
Nearest post code: AB21 0BX



Valan Wood is located 25 minutes NW of Aberdeen

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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


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