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Craigmarloch Wood, Renfrewshire - About 28 ½ acres, £124,000

Craigmarloch Wood

Located atop an extinct volcanic cone, Craigmarloch Wood is an impressive and imposing feature of the local landscape and benefits from commanding views of the area, out from within the tree line.

Entering the wood from the surrounding pasture, the visitor is plunged immediately into a world apart. A portal of upland oak and sycamore leads into the trees and to a surprising variety of landscapes and habitats. To the north-west the wood is quite level, sloping gently down towards the west. Here the native broadleaf are interspersed with hardy Scots pine. To the south-west the landscape quickly rises forming the circumvallation of an iron age hill fort. Here the trees are well spaced and traversing the slopes via well-established roe deer paths is easy. Moving on towards the east, again the wood is quite level and rainfall has collected forming some interesting marshland areas. Here stands of slender birch are swathed in mosses and lichens and sightings of some now quite rare birds have been recorded. Green woodpecker, lapwing and snipe share this hidden away space along with the elusive and secretive water rail.

Craigmarloch is considered a vital part of the local environment and ecosystem. A TPO is in place protecting the whole of the wood. Notwithstanding this, thinning licences have been granted relatively recently, allowing for management for the continued health of the trees and the ecosystems they support. The wood also has “Site of Importance for Nature Conservation” designation. Although this designation has no legal standing, it is a further indication of the high value placed on the natural state of this woodland. The wood is classified as semi-natural native woodland, and although touched by the hand of man, it is an echo back to the times when the whole area was forested: an arboreal island standing in a sea of pasture.

With bluebells forming huge swaths in Spring and the sound of woodland birds from the canopy, Craigmarloch can inspire the heart to relax and embrace nature. Lost in thoughts of ancient times, and awe at the effort it took to build the huge ramparts of the Ironage Hillfort, with the wonders of the man-made structures surrounded by the beauty of the natural habitats and the wild feeling, it is easy to get lost in time and the magic of the woods.

Local area; A largely rural area with scattered farmsteads and rough grazing. The nearby village of Kilmacolm is not without charm and boasts many fine Victorian and Edwardian residences. Built when the arrival of the railway enabled wealthy business people from Glasgow to easily commute. Long closed, the railway is now a popular cycle route (75) connecting Leith in east Edinburgh with Portavadie on the Cowall Peninsula in Argyll, via Glasgow and using the ferry between Gourock and Dunoon.

Sporting rights: These are owned and included with the land.

Access: A gateway leads off the A761, where there is a full right of way across the fields, following the dry stone way, to the woodland entrance. Although there is currently no vehicular access, the right of way permits the construction of a 4.5m track from point C on the Feature map to point A. An entrance to the wood can be made between point A and B. The right also allows for the marshy area along the way to be bypassed.

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: £124,000 Freehold
  • Location: Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire
  • Size: About 28 ½ acres for sale


The boundary of the wood is marked by a dry stone wall which encircles its circumference.

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OS Landranger: OS No 63
Grid ref: NS 344 718
Nearest post code: PA13 4SN



Craigmarloch Wood is located 2 miles north of Kilmacolm on the A761

Satnav: the postcode PA13 4SN is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map. Coordinates for gate on the track entrance. N55:91:43 W04:64:64

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The boundary of the wood is marked by a dry stone wall which encircles its circumference.

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