SOLD: Brade Wood £38,500 Freehold


Brade Wood is a rich and diverse, L-shaped broadleaf woodland, nestling on the south bank of the River Ayr, including a 60m stretch of riverbank. The land rises gently upwards from the river and above the track. There are flatter broader areas for parking and occasional camping just off, and either side of, the track running through the middle of the wood. Formerly part of the Gadgirth Estate, the land has been worked and tended in previous years creating a mature woodland habitat where beech, elm, willow, oak, hazel and ash trees are predominant. Located in rural surroundings, with fields to the south and north, and woodland to the east and west of Brade Wood.

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.


The wood is a broadleaf woodland with a good mixture of native hardwoods including beech, elm, willow, ash and oak. Smaller understorey species such as hazel, holly and hawthorn make for a well balanced woodland with a variety of habitat.

Underfoot is a diverse mix of well established of woodland flora including woodrush, wild garlic and early in the season, snowdrops.

A rich carpet of mosses and ferns give year round greenery and is often pierced by brightly coloured fungi such as scarlet elf cap.


The diverse habitat is home to a wide variety of birds and animals. The once rare otter is sometimes seen locally as it fishes up and down the length of the river.

Fish species include salmon, sea trout, brown trout, grayling, eel, stickleback, minnow and stone loach.


Brade Wood feature a length of river frontage with good access points suitable both for angling and river sport.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access: There are full rights of access over a shared track leading off the B742 through adjoining woods to the entrance of Brade Wood, and also over the included section of track, in favour of neighbouring Gadbank Wood to the east.

Rights and covenants

Fishing and sporting rights: The fishing rights to the river Ayr are included for all species of fish except for salmon and sea trout. However there is the opportunity of joining Ayr River Angling Club AYRAC who have access to the river bank and own the salmon and sea trout rights.

Mineral Rights: These are owned and included with the land except where reserved by statute.


There are areas of riverbank suitable for launching small boats or canoes to add to the enjoyment of the woodland.

Angling is an obvious choice of activity with this wood, unusually, having frontage onto the River Ayr. More on River Ayr fishing at http://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/parks/parksandpublic/rivers/riverayr.htm and http://www.trout-salmon-fishing.com/scotland-river-ayr.htm

Local area and history

Visible from the wood is the picturesque Enterkine Viaduct located on the historic Ayr to Killoch freight railway line. Nearby is the first ‘source to sea’ walking route in Scotland; the River Ayr Way

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. 70
  • Grid ref: NS 414 227
  • Nearest post code: KA6 5AJ
  • GPS coordinates: 55.4726, -4.513

Location map


Located within 5 miles of both Annbank and Mossblown, and within 10 milesof the coastal town of Ayr.

Satnav: the postcode DG8 0DW is for the point shown by the red dot on the location maps. Satnav coordinates are: 55.4727, -4.5120



Click Here for Directions From Bing Mapsenter your own postcode, (Brade Wood coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box. This will take you to the main entrance gate.

Our Directions:

  • Heading south from Annbank village on the B742 continue for a couple of miles until you reach the Gadgirth Bridge over the River Ayr.
  • Crossing over the bridge you will find the gated entrance to the access track to Brade Wood immediately on your left.
  • Please park in front, and to the side, of the gate and walk through the woods on the access track for approximately 60 metres where you will find the turquoise marked entrance to Brade Wood straight ahead.

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.

Enchanting mature broadleaf woodland in a scenic location on the bank of the River Ayr, river access and fishing rights included.

Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: [email protected]