SOLD: Lime Kiln Wood £85,000 Freehold


Lime Kiln Wood has an excellent location atop the valley brow above the River Stinchar. Composed of a healthy stand of maturing spruce, with its lower reaches set to native broadleaf, it benefits from commanding views across the valley and into the hills beyond. This a quiet and peaceful location is readily accessible from the north and south, either by highway or rail.

Historic forest tracks from former harvesting operations have taken advantage of level ridges running the length of the wood. These natural ridges, well greened over, are an excellent platform from which to carry out a variety of activities within the woodland.

A small, free-flowing, permanent burn runs along the southern boundary and is a delightful and potentially useful asset.

A visit to the wood is recommended and well worth the trip to this secluded and little-visited corner of Scotland. Please allow yourself a good timeframe for your visit; it is a pleasure not to be conducted in haste.

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 upper section of the wood which bounds the moorland of Aldons Hill, is densely planted Sitka spruce. This popular species is well known throughout the country as an excellent timber source, renowned for its ability to thrive in upland conditions. Further into the wood mother nature has been allowed free reign, resulting in a wide range of diverse native regeneration. A band of hazel coppice runs parallel to the railway boundary giving way to dense birch and ash thickets. Scattered throughout these thickets, holly, yew, hawthorn are the species that will in time form the woodland understorey, with oak and beech set to become the giants of the future. A level open area is fringed by several quite large beech trees whose progeny can be seen, self-seeded throughout the wood as a whole.


The many tracks within the wood serve as clear highways for the variety of animals transient through or resident within the arboreal environment.

Both the endangered red squirrel and the secretive pine martin have been spotted recently and can, with patience, be captured on a well-sited trail camera. More common but nonetheless exciting to view, roe deer and badger can easily be seen at dawn or dusk as they forage throughout the wood.

The large breadth of habitat types gives home to a correspondingly broad variety of birdlife. Smaller birds such as wrens, robins, great and blue tits take advantage of the excellent cover at mid-level whilst ground favouring pheasants and woodcock are concealed below. The rattle of an industrious woodpecker is commonly heard accompanied by argumentative corvids; jays and magpies.


The wood has a small spur off the main track leading to an excellent hard standing at the centre of a level area with a magnificent aspect of the surrounding environs. Tucked away under the spruce a substantial bench invites rest and reflection on the surrounding beauty.

A wee burn flows from a culvert under the track and dives into a small but spectacular gorge that sits just inside the woods southern boundary.

Access, tracks and footpaths

A well made forestry track that leads up from the highway at the Pinmore Episcopal Chapel is easily navigable by most cars. Within the wood, recently cut pathways facilitate access throughout the wood and down to the old forestry track which runs roughly north south.

Rights and covenants

The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale.


The quiet isolation is ideal for a woodland hideaway to come and relax and engage with the local wildlife. For the energetic, nearby walks and the tranquil unspoilt environment make the area perfect for the nature lover and general outdoor enthusiast. A walk up Knockdolian Hill provides panoramic land and sea views across to Arran, the Ailsa Craig and The Mull of Kintyre.

Local area and history

Hidden within nearby woods lie three generations of Lime Kilns. A small outcrop of limestone at nearby High Aldons was quarried and processed within these kilns. The resulting burnt lime was then transported by horse cart along the moor edge track to the railway where it was transhipped into waiting wagons. A return load of coal was then loaded and taken to the waiting kilns for the next fireings.

Surrounding Area: 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. Nearby Pinwherry and Barrhill villages have local services whilst Colmonell and Dailly have forestry mills/suppliers. Ayr, Stranraer and Newton Stewart are within 30 miles.

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. 76
  • Grid ref: NX 202 902
  • Nearest post code: KA26 0TB
  • GPS coordinates: 55.1736, -4.8247

Location map


Lime Kiln Wood is located 8 miles south of Girvan between the hamlet of Pinmore and the village of Pinwherry off the A714.

Click Here For Directions From Bing maps, enter your own postcode, (Lime Kiln Wood coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box. This will take you to the turning off the A714. It's easily printed.

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 wee church.
  • or Travelling north from Barrhill on the A714 pass the junction for the B734 on your left.
  • Continue for just over 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 wee church.
  • Then passing under the railway bridge 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 800m as shown on the map.
  • At the top the track opens up to a large turning area, continue across this and over a wee burn.After a further 50m, the entrance to the wood is on the right via a well-marked ridestop.
  • Satnav coordinates; N 55 : 09 : 38 W 4 : 49 : 44 ( 55.160618 ) ( -4.828851 )

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of our woodland book

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.

An interesting and varied woodland, with spruce plantation wand large areas of historic native broadleaf.

Located in S Ayrshire with majestic views over the River Stinchar valley.

Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: [email protected]