SOLD: Nungate Wood £95,000 Freehold


Nungate wood is a stand-alone section of the much larger Bolton Muir woodlands separated by the B6368 which runs from Haddington to Humbie. Although a plantation wood, the land has been set to woodland since the 1800s if not earlier. Within the wood, several watercourses drain into a main channel that exits under the highway and this creates a variety of habitats, each colonised by its own specific flora and fauna. The open canopy allows views out of the wood and across the neighbouring agricultural land. This level landscape then rises gradually to the south and east gradually becoming the Lammamuir hills.

A viewing of the wood is definitely recommended; please allow yourself a generous amount of time to fully explore the wood throughout.

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.


Mainly Scots pine with their distinctive reddish-orange trunks; there is also a scattering of beech and spruce. A clear central area has been populated by a dance patch of self-seeded birch, interspersed by furze and bramble. Holly and hawthorn also present and have the makings of the all-important understorey.


A large variety of tits and finches are always present amongst the undergrowth, incessantly on the hunt for the next meal. A walk through the wood will often put up a startled woodcock, whilst high above the canopy a gentle mewing is the somewhat surprising call of the adult buzzard.

Deer sign exists a plenty with their habitual transitways criss crossing the woodland floor. In this area, the most common species is roe with its flash white tail, often the only glimpse of its escape from our presence.


A beech hedge screens the B6368 from the interior of the wood giving seclusion and privacy. Two small ponds with seasonal level fluctuations provide the ideal habitat for native amphibians. A rustic bench invites repose and a panorama of the woodland in front.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to the wood is easily achieved directly from the public highway.

Rights and covenants

The sporting rights for the land are owned and included in the sale.


Nungate Wood is an ideal place to get involved in a woodland of your very own. Whether your interest is in conservation, nature watching or maybe a sustainable source of firewood, this is an ideal location. An overnight camping stopover would be an excellent opportunity to spend time under the stars and immerse yourself in Mother Nature. The mossy carpet conceals many years of accumulated leaf litter which is aided in decomposition by the filaments of fungi whose fruiting bodies are a foragers delight.

Local area and history

The wood takes its name from the Old Nungate Bridge which was once the main route into the town of Haddington used by numerous invading armies. It is one of Scotland's oldest bridges dating back to the16th century.

Just visible from within the woods the Lammamuir hills with their excellent walking and cycle tracks are but a short distance away. The nearby historic market town of Gifford is well served by cafes, accommodation and a small general grocery store. This is also the location of Yester Castle, formerly known as Bothans House, whose grounds were added to the Lothian possessions of William the Lyon in the late eleven hundreds.

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. 66
  • Grid ref: NT 500 682
  • Nearest post code: EH41 4JS
  • GPS coordinates: 55.9045, -2.80042

Location map


  • Nungate 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 (Nungate Wood entrance coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box.

For Satnav; the postcode EH41 6JS 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.
  • At the crossroads turn right onto the B6368 towards Petersmuir + Humbie.
  • Continue along the wood to the main double gated entrance on the left.
  • Park safely in the entranceway and continue on foot through the clearly marked entrance on the opposite side of the road.

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 resevoir, 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 along the wood to the crossroads, turn left on to the B6355 towards Petersmuir + Humbie.
  • Continue along the wood to the main double gated entrance on the left.
  • Park safely in the entranceway and continue on foot through the clearly marked entrance on the opposite side of the road.

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 attractively open mixed plantation woodland located in rural East Lothian within easy reach of Edinburgh.

Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: [email protected]