Largs Wood, Straiton, South Ayrshire, Scotland. 2.97 acres of mature mixed streamside woodland [#A590]
Widely spaced mature conifers atop mixed hardwoods and shrubs with river frontage, near the picture-postcard village of Straiton, in southwest Scotland.
OS Landranger map: Sheet 70.
National Grid Ref:
- Centre of wood: NS 388 052.
- Entrance: NS 390 052.
Nearest postcode: KA19 7NJ.
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.
Straiton is a charming hamlet dating back to the 1760s in rural southwest Scotland. It lies midway between Maybole and Dalmellington (being 7 miles from both), and is just over an hour’s drive from Glasgow. Ayr and nearby Prestwick airport are just over half an hour to the northwest.
Largs Wood occupies an attractive site just to the east of the village looking north across the Lambdoughty Burn to rolling farmland. The burn is in fact a small meandering river at this point that effectively defines the north boundary of the wood for nearly 200 metres.
The upper wood is composed of a small area of level and gently sloping ground near the roadside which then descends via a couple of gulleys and spurs to streamside terraces. The larger part of the wood supports a mature mixed stand of full-crowned larch interspersed with Douglas fir and Norway spruce of similar vintage. The wider spacing admits a degree of sun giving the wood an open feeling which penetrates to a light under-storey of sycamore, ash and rowan plus the occasional large beech overhanging the stream. Other species on site include alder, birch and lime. The shrub layer is principally composed of hazel, hawthorn, elder and blackthorn.
The woodland floor is largely clear of entangling vegetation except for some bracken at the east end and some dense regeneration by the stream near the footbridge. Elsewhere it is principally ferns and soft grasses along with a rich ground flora of woodland associates such as bluebells, wood sorrel and dog’s mercury. Not surprisingly this habitat is attractive to a range of woodland birds from wrens to tawny owls and the presence of the stream also brings in other species such as dippers and wagtails.
Down by the streamside itself there are a couple of good sized terraces, one of which is well populated by trees. The other is more of a grassy glade beneath widely spaced conifers and is an obvious locus for woodland camping and recreation. The sound-scape of both is dominated by the calls of birds, the rippling of water and the rustle of leaves. Fallen deadwood will provide a near endless supply of logs for the campfire and there is also the prospect of harvesting your own wood-fuel.
This is a compact wood which enjoys a high degree of privacy. There is allocated parking for one vehicle on the hard-standing area at the entrance, but owners could also consider developing a private access into the wood from the road itself.
Secluded but accessible mature woodland with water frontage does not come to the market very often. Compact ones with a ticket price of less than £25,000 are even rarer. In our experience such properties generally sell quickly.
Note. Adjacent woodland to the east may be available to the purchaser of Largs Wood. Please contact Woods4Sale for more details.
To View This Woodland
Residential Planning Permission
You are extremely unlikely to get residential planning permission for this woodland.
Directions & Access
The small village of Straiton is a seventy minute drive south of Glasgow, located midway between Maybole and Dalmellington at the junction of the B7045 and the B741.
From the centre of Straiton (opposite the Black Bull Hotel), head north taking the B741 Dalmellington Road. Continue on this road for exactly 0.6 miles at which point you will see an area of hard-standing on your left, just before the road loops round a grazing field. Park here and walk through the gap in the wall (A on plan). Turn left and you are in Largs Wood.
The wood is best viewed by following the path west from the picnic table at A.
The west boundary (BC) is the field edge fence.
The north boundary (CDEF) is the line of a derelict fence just back from the water’s edge, except for DE where it is the bank of the stream itself.
The east boundary (FA) runs briefly along the south bank of the river to the footbridge, and then up a line of blue-topped posts to A.
The south boundary (AB) is the edge of the public road.
The sporting rights are included. They are not let.
The mineral rights are included except where reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
A right is granted to park a single vehicle at any time on the hard-standing at A subject to maintenance according to use.
The maintenance of field-edge boundaries BC and CDEF are believed to be shared equally with adjacent owners. The fence BC was in good condition when we visited. There is currently no effective fence over CDEF.
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.