Richorn Wood £148,000 Freehold


Richorn Wood is an exciting and rare opportunity to acquire a small but beautiful woodland, complete with planning permission for five timber cabins.

The wood itself is a complete gem, mostly comprised of statuesque broadleafs and an array of ground flora that suggests an ancient heritage. Situated alongside the popular tourist route of the A710 which follows a designated scenic route around the Galloway coastline. Well located in the heart of Dumfries & Galloway visitor area, the wood with its scenic outlook over the Water of Urr, possesses all the attributes required for a successful holiday retreat. Just across the way lies the larger forest of Dalbeattie which is the venue for one of the renowned 7Stanes mountain bike trails.

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 has an unusual selection of native broadleafs; sycamore, birch and oak are very familiar but it is quite unusual to see a sweet chestnut this far north in the UK. Whilst most of the trees are of medium age there are some impressively large oak trees together with two or three majestic conifers. A roadside willow is the only example of this species with beech and holly also putting in an appearance.

The woodland floor is a carpet of mosses, ferns and a wide variety of woodland wildflowers. Bluebells, stitchwort, champion and ground elder are all slow colonisers thus their profusion in the wood indicates its ancient standing.


Well trodden paths throughout the wood are a certain indication of the presence of the foraging forays of roe deer and badger. The damp dense foliage and rocky nooks are a hunting ground for native amphibians. The wonderfully iconic red squirrel still maintains a foothold in the locality and efforts are in place to ensure its survival.


The main feature of this woodland is the planning consent for the building of five log cabins. A plan of the layout is included in the photograph section and full details of the permission can be made available after viewing.

The permission extends to the installation of full service facilities for the cabins. Although the capacity of the land is for five cabins it would be possible to build less if desired.

It should be noted that the planning permission for the cabins is specifically for holiday use only and not for permanent residence.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Vehicular access into the wood is via a very well made farm track to the south of the wood. A full right of access is in place between points A and B as marked on the detailed map. An overgrown but historic track then leads up a shallow bank and into the heart of the wood.

Rights and covenants

The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale.

A full right of access exists over the track marked in green on the detail map from point A to point B.


Mountain biking is the obvious choice that springs to mind with the 7 Stanes facility a mere cockstride away. Not too far off is the beautiful galloway coast with its secluded beaches and numerous historic buildings.

The first access to the sea, at Kippford Harbour, is only five minutes down the road with a wide range of boating activities available. A further five minutes drive sees the stunning beaches at Rockliffe with great opportunities for walking and beachcombing.

However! No need to stray afar, the wood is a wonderful place to be, stay close by and take some time out to sit and watch nature's activities unfurl.

Local area and history

Nearby Dalbeattie is known as the Granite Town of South West Scotland and sits in the Urr Valley, about 15 miles from Dumfries.

Dalbeattie was established in the 1790s as a planned town beside the water-power of the Dalbeattie Burn and thrived on granite that was extracted from local quarries and exported across the country.

The town makes an ideal base for exploring the Colvend Coast and the region’s castles and gardens. Around Dalbeattie, there are plenty of country walks and great opportunities for golfing, fishing and mountain biking, with the internationally famous 7stanes Mountain Bike Trail in Dalbeattie Forest.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries of the wood are as shown on the detail map.

Find this wood


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 84
  • Grid ref: NX 835 590
  • Nearest post code: DG5 4QU
  • GPS coordinates: 54.913, -3.81878

Location map


  • Richorn Wood is about 1.5 miles south of Dalbeattie which itself is 14 miles southwest of Dumfries.

For Directions From Bing Maps CLICK HERE enter your own postcode (Richorn Wood entrance coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box.

For Satnav; the postcode NG5 4QU is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map and coordinates are:N54:54:46 and W3:49:07

Or use our directions:

  • From the centre of Dalbeattie take the A710 south signposted Solway Coast.
  • As you leave the town limits you will pass Dalbeattie Forest Town Wood on the left.
  • Continue for another 0.6 miles until you see the brown sign for 7stanes Dalbeattie. Richorn Wood is now on the right.
  • Please park safely on the verge near to the for sale sign or in the 7 Stanes pay and display car par and continue into the wood on foot.

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

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.

A mature mixed broadleaf woodland set in the beautiful vale of the Urr Water, nearby Dalbeattie. The wood comes complete with planning permission in place for five timber log cabins.

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Managed by David and Sarah Alty

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