SOLD: Sarroch Wood £55,000 Freehold


Sarroch Wood sits high above the picturesque Sinchar valley in a secluded rural location. As might be expected, the wood commands views down the valley and over the surrounding hills. A first impression may be an imposing block of spruce, but pressing through the trees reveals a surprising number of level clear areas dotted throughout the wood. The northern corner of the wood is a mix of young native self-seeded broadleafs transected by a small free-flowing burn that rises from high up on the fell.

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 northern reaches of the wood are more open and home to a stand of native birch trees with a scattering of willow along the burn.

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.


Birdlife large and small are resident within the wood, with squawking jays, industrious woodpeckers and secretive woodcock occupying the lower levels whilst magnificent buzzard ride the thermals above.

The dense foliage provides a haven for several endangered species including the native red squirrel and the reclusive pine marten. The more common mammals, roe deer and badger are still a delight to behold and well worth setting a trail camera to capture their nocturnal habits.


A good stone hardstanding would be an excellent location for a timber stacking area and will in general facilitate the management of the wood.

The small burn in the top corner is a useful asset and provides additional habitat and diversity to the wood. A recent discovery was a Great Diving beetle, buried deep in debris in a rocky pool, presumably waiting for spring to arrive to emerge into the open waters.

A rustic bench has been placed to take advantage of the stunning views over the surrounding environs.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to the Sarroch Wood is via a well made historic track through the main body of the wider woodland, up to the ride stop entrance for 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 right to the heart of the plantation.

Rights and covenants

The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale.


The large amount of growing timber could be sustainably harvested as a domestic wood fuel source, the hard standing area would facilitate the stacking of timber prior to removal. The densely packed Sitka gives a promise of a realistic return on the sale of timber in the not too distant future.

For the conservation-minded; selective thinning and planting, especially of understory species would improve biodiversity and encourage an even greater variety of wildlife to flourish.

An overnight camping stay is an attractive proposition, facilitating wildlife watching at the prime times of dusk and dawn.

Local area and history

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.

The local hills were once the home of wild, free-roaming horses. A Sarroch was a local term for a their foals.

A sharp-eyed observer will be able to spot local limekilns at High Aldons. The access track along the moor was originally built to bring coal in from the station at Pinmore with a return load of lime for export across the country.

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 201 901
  • Nearest post code: KA26 0TB
  • GPS coordinates: 55.1729, -4.82583

Location map


Sarroch 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, (Sarroch 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 800m as shown on the map.
  • Sarroch 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 fine young spruce woodland with an interesting block of natural regeneration, located above the Stinchar Valley in a secluded location in south-west Scotland.

Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: [email protected]