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Cottie Wood - SOLD, South Ayrshire - About 12 acres, £59,000

Cottie Wood - SOLD

Located in the Stinchar Valley amidst hills and farmland, Cottie Wood is delightfully varied in character with a picturesque and energetic stream. Natural clearings exist within the mixed broadleaf and conifer woodland, both juvenile and established; oak, birch, beech and ash are plentiful.

Cottie Wood has an unusual aspect in that it is located from the top of the Daljarrock Forest to almost the bottom, giving an extremely varied environment that is uncommon within just one wood. To the west and above the wood, open rough pasture leads a walker up to Aldons Hill; from here there is a good view down over Cottie Wood and across the valley. From the top boundary in the westerly corner, where the wood meets upland grazing, is a hard-surfaced track area with abundant level space for a forestry shelter, shed or store. Also here is a bench with terrific views over the valley and from where the enthusiastic burn begins it steepening descent to the River Stinchar.

Nestled into the twists and shade of the stream bed are many ferns, mosses, fungi and wild flowers such as primrose. The trails made by visiting red and roe deer show their routes to drinking spots. Woodcock may be put up as the wood is explored and there is evidence of the activities of the nocturnal badger and the lucky visitor may catch a glimpse of the enigmatic red squirrel. Bird life is in abundance within the wood with buzzards wheeling and mewing overhead, finches and blue tits chattering among the lower trees and jays moving carefully through the woodland.

Although the burn is a prominent feature of the wood, it is complimented by the languid, black pools of the wetland area on its south western bank. This is in contrast to the hillside above the ruined croft where there are numerous natural clearings in the firs and the trees thin to allow bell heather to flourish. The heather when in flower, colours the slopes wonderfully and attracts numerous pollinators seeking its nectar. In addition to this food source is abundant, but not invasive, gorse and also the twining and climbing wild honey suckle. All of this is enchantingly secreted into a south easterly facing fold in the picturesque landscape. Many nearby walks and the tranquil unspoilt environment make the area perfect for nature and general outdoor enthusiasts.

Access: External access is via a hard surfaced, private track leading off the A714, over which there is a shared all-purpose vehicular right of access, shown green on the maps. The wood benefits from a private, surfaced access track to the ruined croft where there is ample parking and flat areas and a second hard surfaced track and flat area near the top of the wood with a bench. Internal access is provided by a new stone track leading into the wood with pathways leading to the heart of the woodland.

Nearby are the villages of Pinwherry and Barrhill with local services and Public House. Within the grounds of Pinwherry House stand the ruins of Pinwherry Castle dating back to around the end of 16th century.

A walk up Knockdolian Hill provides panoramic land and sea views and the new long-distance walking route - The Carrick Way - is scheduled to open very shortly. The huge Galloway and Carrick Forests can be found further to the east and an early spring wildlife festival takes place in neighbouring Dumfries & Galloway every year. The coastal town of Girvan and shingle beaches at Woodland and Ballantrae Bay, are within 10 miles to the West. Ayr, Stranraer and Newton Stewart are within 30 miles, and the quiet Girvan-Stranraer Railway runs along the very bottom of the Daljarrock Forest.

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: £59,000 Freehold
  • Location: Near Pinwherry, Girvan, South Ayrshire
  • Size: About 12 acres for sale


The boundaries of Cottie Wood are indicated by blue painted posts and occasional blue paint on trunks.

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OS Landranger: OS No 76
Grid ref: NX 201 897
Nearest post code: KA26 0TB



Cottie Wood is located 8 miles south of Girvan between the hamlet of Pinmore and village of Pinwherry off the A714. Satnav/GPS; the postcode KA26 0TB is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map.

• Travelling south from Girvan on the A714 pass the junction for the B734 (signposted Barr) on your left.

•Continue for about 200m, turn up the private track immediately by the church.


Travelling north from Barrhill on the A714 pass the junction for the B734 on your left and cross the river.

•Continue for about 1 mile passing a "Woodlands for sale" sign on the left. Continue under the railway bridge for a further 100m.

•Immediately after the house on the left is a track on the left taking you between the house and the church.

• Then passing under the railway viaduct for about 140m you will find the "Woodlands For Sale" sign and entrance/parking on the right hand side.

•Please park here away from the gate and follow the access track up for about 300m. Cottie Wood is on the left.

•Satnav coordinates; N 55 : 09 : 38 W 4 : 49 : 44 ( 55.160618 ) ( -4.828851 )


The boundaries of Cottie Wood are indicated by blue painted posts and occasional blue paint on trunks.

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