Bothwell Wood £69,000 Freehold


This level and open woodland is predominantly given over to towering Scots pine with a small area of spruce. Natural regeneration of the main stock means that successive generations of trees are already following in their parental footsteps. The open nature of the trees, with the canopy a good height overhead, gives the wood a pleasant airy feel with plenty of light reaching the forest floor. A springy carpet of lowland heather is a very attractive and unusual feature; its bloom of delicate purple flowers an added bonus. Bramble and rosehip form some dense patches for the forager and a large variety of woodland flowers brighten the verges with their seasonal blooms.

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.


Towering in the wood, the Scots pine is a truly stunning tree. It is one of only three native conifers, and our only native pine. Further into the wood the pines give way to planted spruce and a scattering of native broadleafs including birch, willow and the occasional oak.

Along the minor highway, an ancient beech hedge has been left to grow out and forms a perfect backdrop to the wood.


The larger Bolton Muir, of which Bothwell is a part, is a wooded island in a sea of agriculture and as such is vital habitat and resource for local wildlife. Roe deer and badger are nocturnal foragers, with squirrel and hare evident diurnally. Small holes neatly piercing the moss and heather indicate the homes of stoats and weasels, whilst a rustling in grassy clumps is a sure sign of vole activity.

Without fail a large variety of tits and finches can be seen foraging through the canopy. A distant hammering sound is a sure sign of a woodpecker boring for invertebrates. A wheeling buzzard is often glimpsed high above the canopy, whereas a startled burst of flapping and a streak of brown is often the only sight of a woodcock exiting in haste.


The main feature of this wood are the previously mentioned beautiful Scots pine. A woodland bench has been installed to invite repose, together with a good hardstanding which would be an excellent stacking and drying area for timber while managing the wood.

Access, tracks and footpaths

There are two access routes into this wood. The first being via a single gated entrance at the Gifford/Haddington crossroad; this opens onto a well-made stone track leading to the ridestop entrance to the wood. The second is via the main woodland, double gated entrance, located around 700m eastwards towards Gifford. From there the track runs back, parallel to the B6355, arriving at the same ridestop entrance marked Bothwell Wood.

Rights and covenants

The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale.


Ideally suited for conservation and increasing biodiversity through gentle management, the wood is also a foragers paradise. Brambles and raspberry abound and in autumn a large variety of fungi sprout from the moss-covered leaf litter.

Small scale thinning would easily provide a sustainable domestic fuel source whilst an overnight stopover would give an opportunity to view the nocturnal habits of the local wildlife.

Local area and history

Bothwell Castle, from which the wood takes its name, was a late 16 or 17-century townhouse in Haddington, which featured a fortified tower and doo'cote. It was demolished in 1955 to make way for a small public park. It was very common in this area for estates to be in possession of a doo'cot. This was a special building particularly designed to house doves or pigeons. These birds were an important food source in the Middle Ages and were kept for their eggs, meat, and also dung for the vegetable garden. Several historic examples can be found locally.

To the south lie the Lammamuir hills which contain several excellent walking and cycling trails. The Pencaitland Railway Walk which starts in Gifford offers wonderful views of parts of East Lothian that are inaccessible by car. The trees and hedgerows along the route offer shelter to a great diversity of wildlife and many rare wild flowers are established along the embankments.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries of the wood are marked by purple painted-topped posts on three sides and by the B6355 on the fourth.

Find this wood


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 66
  • Grid ref: NT 502 683
  • Nearest post code: EH41 4JT
  • GPS coordinates: 55.9052, -2.79678

Location map


  • Bothwell Wood is about 25 miles east of Edinburgh and about 35 miles west of Berwick on Tweed.

For Directions From Bing Maps CLICK HERE enter your own postcode (Bothwell Wood entrance coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box.

For Satnav; the postcode EH41 6JT is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map.

Or use our directions:

From Edinburgh and the west;

  • From the city bypass (A720) take the A68 towards Jedburgh.
  • Pass Dalkeith and turn left at the war memorial taking the A6093 towards Haddington.
  • Go through the village of Pencaitland and turn right at the crossroads signposted Gifford B6355
  • Continue through East Saltoun for about 1.7 miles, Bolton Muir Woods will appear on the right.
  • The entrance to the wood is on the right just after the crossroads with the B6368, just beyond the Woodlands.co.uk sign.
  • Park safely in the entranceway and continue on foot through the side gate.
  • Bothwell Wood entrance is clearly marked on the left.
  • From Berwick on Tweed and the east; From the A1 take the A6105 signposted Duns and Chirnside. Pass through Chirnside and fork right onto the B6355 towards Cranshaws.
  • Pass Whiteadder reservoir, through Gifford and continue on the B6355 towards Pencaitland. After about 2 miles the main entrance to Bolton Muir Woods will appear on the left.
  • Continue for about half a mile to the single gated entrance on the left just before the crossroads with the B6368
  • Park safely in the entranceway and continue on foot through the side gate.
  • Bothwell Wood entrance is clearly marked 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

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 lovely predominantly Scots pine woodland with good access, conveniently located within an hours drive from Edinburgh.

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