SOLD: Wivven Wood £49,000 Freehold


Wivven Wood is a remarkably diverse woodland; a fine mix of mature trees, well spaced with a vibrant understory. It sits within the heart of Millbank Woods, a block of woodland of about 80 acres which itself sits next to a larger block of woodland, commonly known as Scare Wood, that is presently owned by the Forestry Commission. Mature pine trees create a sense of grandeur, security and shelter, while younger birch creates privacy and seclusion at ground level. Wandering through the trees leads to the discovery of numerous pleasant glades and the bilberry that is prolific creates a verdant green back drop as well as a plentiful supply of berries in late summer.

This wonderful backdrop will provide great inspiration for the budding woodland owner both as a source of sustainable firewood and as a place to just come and spend time in. Time spent in contemplation of a woodland, is time very well spent. A forestry hut would be a very useful addition and easily accommodated within Wivven Wood The linked video below gives a very good insight to the general feel of these beautiful woodlands.

An important aspect of woodland ownership is the sense of community that can develop within a woodland through shared experiences and sometimes, shared labour. The woods at Millbank will prove to be no exception as more and more woodlanders take the first steps into new ventures. An excellent hard stone track has been renewed with the exceptional granite found within the woodland.

Wivven Wood is a woodland for all seasons, whether it be wild flowers in spring and summer, mushrooms in late summer and autumn or firewood harvesting in winter, there will always be something of interest to do. At over 7 acres this is a good sized woodland with a real sense of scale and early viewing is recommended.

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.

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

Wood map


Boundaries are marked by blue painted post tops.

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 658 114
  • Nearest post code: AB51 7SA
  • GPS coordinates: 57.193, -2.5674

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 on the lefthand side with a telephone box. Opposite the layby on the other side of the road is the entrance to the woods
  • Continue for 50m and there is a locked wooden gate marking the entrance. Please park here and walk into the wood.
  • Follow the main track, bearing right at the first bend, continue all the way until you reach a fork in the track.Take the left fork and Wivven Wood is on your left hand side.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of two woodland books

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 spectacular mature woodland set along the eastern approaches to the Cairngorms National Park.

Managed by Torquil Varty and Rachel Bower

Telephone: 01307 467393

Telephone: 07803 903 203

Email: [email protected]