Riddlings Wood £65,000 Freehold


Riddlings Wood nestles in the midst of a larger woodland that is bounded by open moorland to the west. Consisting of around 75% planted spruce, the wood is suitable for conservation, recreation and small-scale forestry activities. Offsetting the densely packed conifers, a more open area with patches of heather and well-spaced native broadleaf trees is located along the southern fringe. This attractive space gives ecological variety and habitat diversity, as well as an open aspect to bring in views of the hills beyond the valley.

The main A714 highway down the valley is not a major route and although making the wood easily accessible from the north or the south, it means that the valley, in general, is quiet and peaceful.

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 wood is a historic woodland that is currently planted with Sitka spruce. This popular and useful timber tree is widespread throughout Scotland and thrives in upland locations.

The woodland floor is a verdant carpet of mosses and ferns with clumps of purple heather located in the open glades. Come late summer and autumn, a large variety of fungal fruiting bodies burst through the rich leaf litter.

To the south, an open area is populated with self-seeded birch and willow with patches of purple heather poking through the rough grass mat.


Numerous well-marked trails indicate the presence of transient roe deer and badger, well known for habitual use of historic pathways. The dense Sitka foliage provides a welcome refuge for a population of the arboreal red squirrel. Recently, sightings of the even more reclusive pine marten give the woodland added significance in the fight to ensure the survival of these highly endangered species.


A good stone hardstanding would be an excellent location for a timber stacking area and will in general facilitate the management of the wood. A rustic bench has been thoughtfully placed to take advantage of the stunning views over the surrounding environs.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to the Riddlings Wood is via a well made historic forestry track through the main body of the wider woodland, up to the ride stop entrance to the wood. A full right of access over this track to the wood is in place.

Within the wood, access paths have been formed to enable exploration throughout and right to the heart of the woodland.

Rights and covenants

The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale.


The quiet isolation of this location 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 makes 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 firings. Once a firing cycle was complete the riddlings were collected and used as road ballast.

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

Wood map


The boundaries of Riddlings Wood are indicated by purple painted-top posts and occasional purple paint marks on trunks along the trackside.

Find this wood


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 76
  • Grid ref: NX 200 900
  • Nearest post code: KA26 0TB
  • GPS coordinates: 55.1716, -4.82681

Location map


Riddlings 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, (Riddlings Wood coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box. This will take you to the turning 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 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 600m as shown on the map.
  • Riddlings Wood entrance is on the left with a clearly marked ridestop.

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.

A youthful and vigorous spruce woodland, located in rural South Ayrshire overlooking the beautiful and secluded Stinchar valley.

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