Skilmafilly, 14.96 acres of stand-alone restock ground in open countryside north of Aberdeen for £15,500 (freehold) [#A787]
A recently-felled property ready for restocking with commanding views about 15 minutes from Ellon in rural Aberdeenshire.
OS Landranger map: Sheet 30.
National Grid Ref:
- Access (southwest corner): NJ 897 392
- Cente of wood: NJ 899 392.
Nearest postcode (entrance): AB41 8TN.
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.
Skilmafilly lies in open countryside about 6 miles northwest of Ellon. Aberdeen is about 45 minutes by car to the south. The property lies on level and gently south-facing slopes surrounded by farmland to all compass points, with commanding views over open countryside towards the characteristic summit of Bennachie.
The larger part of Skilmafilly was cleared of its previous conifer crop about 2 years ago under a Forestry Commission felling licence. A belt of protective larch was retained on the western edge and a small group of spruce at the north east corner. The rest of the wood is now open and ready for restocking. Existing natural regeneration is sparse being composed of a few Sitka spruce and the occasional elder bush.
There is an obligation to restock this site. The current restock prescription is for an almost equal mix of Sitka spruce and mixed broadleaves along with minor elements of larch, Douglas fir and patches of open ground. This would deliver an interesting combination of commercial and conservation interests, but an incoming owner could easily vary the prescription to suit their own ends subject to Forestry Commission approval.
Skilmafilly fronts an unrestricted minor public road and has the benefit of an extensive hard-standing area (for car or timber lorry) backed by a useful timber-stacking area, making for easy access and future management of the remaining timber.
Restock sites offer some of the most affordable land in Britain. This one does so in a lovely rural location along with the opportunity to design and shape both landscape and habitat through development of the successor woodland.
If It Were Mine
My immediate aim would be to boost my log store by gathering some of the not inconsiderable timber residues left on the woodland floor from the previous felling. Thereafter Skilmafilly offers a pretty open canvas. Being of a conservationist mind I would be tempted to modify the restock prescription to one dominated by native broadleaves supplemented by a variety of fruit-bearing shrubs, so as to create a rich habitat ‘island’ in this lovely open landscape.
To View This Woodland
Residential Planning Permission
You are extremely unlikely to get residential planning permission for this woodland.
Directions & Access
From Aberdeen follow the A948 by-passing Ellon. Keep north on the A948 for a further 2½ miles then turn sharp left onto a minor county road signed for Drumwhindle.
After 2 miles fork left onto the road signed for Cairnorrie. Continue for ½ mile to a small cross-roads. Go straight over and after ½ mile turn right uphill (no signage). Skilmafilly wood is on your right after 400 metres.
Please park in the large hard-standing area at the southwest corner of the wood.
Apart from the cottage gardens at the northwest and southeast corners of the wood, the north, east and south boundaries are all defined by old stone dykes adjacent to fields. The west boundary is the verge of the public road.
The sporting rights are included and are not let.
The mineral rights are included except as reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
There are no public rights of way within the wood, but in line with Scottish legislation the public are entitled to access the woodland subject to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
There are no specific liabilities, so the usual provision applies of sharing stock fence costs 50/50 with agricultural neighbours.
Third Party Rights:
A disposition dating from 1920 grants some third party rights. Please click on the link if you wish to view the full text in this Land Registry document.
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
Aerial photo taken before recent felling.
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.