SOLD: Waterside Wood £49,500 Freehold


This is a unique woodland in a wonderful location, being situated on the shore of the River Ythan, a river that runs for about 60 km, rising at Wells of Ythan, down to the lower reach known as the Ythan Estuary. This is a Special Protection Area for conservation. Further along the shore from the woodland is Forvie Nature Reserve which hosts a large seal colony that can be viewed from the Newburgh shore line.

The woodland is thick spruce that will achieve a high yield of timber: there was some damage from Storm Arwen but was limited and mitigation work has taken place. As well as the woodland the land stretches on to incorporate a fenced off grassy paddock and an extensive area of shore line. The views out of the woodland are breathtakingly beautiful with the constant flow of birds up and down the river and the ebb and flow of the water, creating an atmosphere all of its own.

There is an access gate directly off the main road which originally was an access to a small disused waterpump house that pumped water up to the local cottages; an area of hardstanding here provides convenient off road parking. It is also possible to park on the wide verge further up, adjacent to the paddock.

The paddock could have many uses, both for animals or as a perfect camping spot for fishing expeditions, or as a place to plant more trees! It is not often we have woodlands next to river frontage and early viwing is recommended.

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 trees comprise mainly of thick maturing conifer with some sycamore towards the fringe and a few beech trees on the northern tip. The conifer could provide a good harvest and some income.


This is a fine place for bird watching as the estuary is the breeding ground of three tern species (common tern, little tern and Sandwich tern) as well as numerous other river birds.The mudflats of the estuary provide an important wintering ground for migratory birds such as wigeon, oystercatcher, golden plover, lapwing, dunlin, curlew and redshank, and around 15,000 geese may be seen on the estuary each spring. The nearby Forvie Nature Reserve hosts a population of protected breeding eider that spend the breeding season on the reserve, with many heading to the Tay estuary for the winter, although there is also a smaller population that remains year-round.


The wood sits next to the River Ythan providing fine views and potential for fishing.

Access, tracks and footpaths

There is a gate allowing access to what was a small pumphouse that used to pump water to the nearby cottages. There is a central track through the woodland though this could be easily extended.

Rights and covenants

All sporting rights are sold with the woodland and there are no covenants attached to the wood.


There is a small area of grassland adjacent to the plantation that would be perfect as a base for camping holidays.

Local area and history

The woodland is situated just out of the village of Newburgh and on the banks of the River Ythan. This is opposite Forvie Nature Reserve; the sands of Forvie are one of the largest areas of blown sand in Scotland and home to many rare species.

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: NK 002 274
  • Nearest post code: AB41 6AB
  • GPS coordinates: 57.3375, -1.99755

Location map


  • From Aberdeen take the A90 north towards Peterhead
  • Take the A975 towards Newburgh.
  • Go through the town and cross over the River Ythan
  • Approximately half a mile after the bridge the wood is on the left hand side.
  • Park either on the verge on the other side of the road or just before the wood next to the house. Please ensure no entranceways are blocked for the owner of the house.
  • Alternatively parking can be found on the verge just passed the wood on the 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

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.

A small woodland north of Aberdeen with beautiful water frontage on to the River Ythan.

Managed by Torquil Varty and Rachel Bower

Telephone: 01307 467393

Telephone: 07803 903 203

Email: [email protected]