Rough Haugh Wood, Midmar, near Torphins, Aberdeenshire. 6.74 wild acres of undisturbed woodland habitat for £21,000 (freehold) [#A895]
A truly beautiful and secluded spot with scattered hardwoods, vehicular access and stream frontage in North Deeside.
OS Landranger map: Sheet 38.
National Grid Ref:
- Access point (A): NJ 665 069.
- Woodland entrance (B): NJ 661 071.
- Centre of wood: NJ 660 072.
Nearest postcode: AB51 7NN.
This postcode will take you to the local area but may not take you to the woodland. You will need to use the location plan and directions as well.
Rough Haugh lies in a secluded location at the end of a private track midway between two of Scotland’s most famous salmon rivers; the Don and the Dee. The wood occupies gentle northwest-facing slopes, running down to a burn (stream) on the northern boundary, beyond which are framed views over fields and woods to the Pitfichie hills. Aberdeen is 40 minutes to the east and the Cairngorms are a similar distance to the west. Banchory and other Royal Deeside villages are about 20 minutes south. The immediate vicinity is a largely undiscovered haven.
This wood is a precious corner of wilderness which has been allowed to evolve over the last ten years or so when livestock was excluded. The result is a visually diverse species-rich habitat of wild beauty. Scattered mature trees like birch, rowan and ash are dotted across the landscape, consolidated by a small number of ten-year old planted hardwoods. Willow and alder frequent the damper flushes. Hawthorn, gorse, hazel and other shrubs have erupted in random clumps around which is an abundant ground flora including grasses, rushes, sedges, bog myrtle and orchids.
Invertebrates love this habitat and the wood was alive with insects when we visited including butterflies, crickets, bees and dragonflies. This in turn is a rich hunting ground for a wide range of woodland and grassland birds. We saw (or heard) a range of songsters, woodcock, curlew, geese and buzzards (amongst many others). I suspect there will be dippers patrolling the fast moving burn adjacent whilst roe deer frequent the glades, retiring to sheltered thickets by day. This description is necessarily a mere snapshot. Quiet watching will be amply rewarded.
Despite its tranquillity, Rough Haugh is easily reached via a recently-upgraded hard track enabling vehicular access through to a small area of hardstanding just inside the woodland gate.
This wood will appeal to anyone with an inch of ecological interest or merely with a desire to retire to a place where nature still seems to reign.
If It Were Mine
The small area of planted trees should be released from their tubes. Before doing anything else I would get an ecological survey to ensure that subsequent management was wholly appropriate for this valuable habitat island. And I would definitely camp there!
To View This Woodland
Residential Planning Permission
You are extremely unlikely to get residential planning permission for this woodland.
Directions & Access
- From Aberdeen head west on the A944, then fork left onto the B9119 just before Westhill, following this road for 6½ miles to Echt.
- Continue west on the B9119 for a further 4.9 miles and then after crossing a stone bridge on a right hand bend, fork right onto a minor county road signed for Comers.
- Follow this road through some S bends for 2/3 mile until you come to a right-angled bend in the road, with a hard track straight ahead of you (point A on the plan).
- Please park here keeping clear of all tracks and gateways. Walk down the hard track ahead of you for 500 metres to its end (B on the plan).
- The entrance to Rough Haugh is the metal field gate on your right.
- The northwest boundary (CD) is either the burn (stream) or the old wall adjacent to it.
- The east boundary (BD) is marked by red-topped posts.
- The south boundary (BC) is the stock fence on the north side of the track.
The sporting rights are included. They are not let.
Rights Of Way
There is right of access to the property over the route AB on the plan with maintenance according to use.
As is usual in Scotland, all boundary fencing is mutually shared with adjacent proprietors.
Some native trees were planted in 2005 under SFGS contract 031900646. The trees are now well established and all grants have been paid, but an incoming owner will be required to sign a Transfer of Obligations Form and a Successor’s Form, undertaking to maintain the small planted areas as woodland. For more information please contact Woods4sale
There are some restrictive covenants to protect the woodland and the environment. Please click on the button below to view these.
How To Buy
A visit to the woodland is essential before you confirm that you wish to buy it. We reserve the right to refuse to sell any woodland to purchasers who have not been to see it first.
This property is being sold on a Fixed Price basis. Once you have decided that you want to buy a woodland, you need to confirm this with us as soon as possible. Our policy is not to negotiate on price. The advertised price is the sales price. However, once you have written to us confirming that you want to buy a woodland, we will take the woodland off the market and we will not accept any other offer.
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Maps & Plans
Plans, areas and particulars are for reference only. They have been carefully checked by us but we cannot guarantee their accuracy and they do not form a part of any contract. Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves, and we will give as much help as possible with all information we have available.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.