Balmaghie Bank, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway. A most attractive south-facing bank of broadleaves set in tranquil countryside. 4.56 acres freehold for £38,000 [#A1691]
Mature full-canopy hardwoods with a gorgeous outlook.
Dumfries and Galloway
DG7 2PD (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
Access point (X): ///twinkling.rider.scarred
Centre of wood: ///wiping.daydream.crypt
Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 84
Access point (X): NX 722 624
Centre of wood: NX 718 624
Balmaghie Bank lies in open countryside three miles to the west of Castle Douglas (Scotland’s renowned food town). The A75 Carlisle to Stranraer trunk route is two miles by road. This connects with the M6 at Gretna Green and the M74 (via the A701) at Moffat. Both are about an hour by car.
As its name suggests Balmaghie Bank lies on sloping ground with steeper ground at the upper west end giving way to modest inclines elsewhere. Apart from the east boundary, the wood is surrounded by open fields affording wide views over the Dee valley to the southeast and The Galloway Hills to the northwest.
The wood supports a robust mix of mature hardwoods dominated by beech supplemented by oak, sycamore and ash. The southern edge is adorned with a few large horse chestnut (flowering during our visit). As former amenity woods attached to the Balmaghie Estate, the stems are well-spaced with full canopies which admit plenty of light to a woodland floor of grasses, ferns and bluebells. There is a light understorey of naturally regenerated hardwoods and the occasional Norway spruce, along with scattered hawthorn and blackthorn.
The lack of entangling vegetation means most of the wood is readily accessible on foot. This also makes for easy watching of the local wildlife. Roe and red deer graze the glades, and you may well catch a glimpse of badgers and foxes at dusk. Buzzards, kites, songsters and owls all find refuge here.
Balmaghie is an exceptionally pretty and inviting wood set amidst the soft and gentle rolling landscape of Galloway, with amenity writ large across its verdant slopes.
If It Were Mine
I’d spend every available minute in its tranquil glades! A deck sited to take advantage of the best outlook would provide a wonderful locus for quiet enjoyment.
One or two large fallen stems will provide plenty of firewood and I might be tempted to weave an unsurfaced track through the lower edge to assist with future stand management.
Please remember some management operations require approval and/or a licence.
To View This Woodland
You are welcome to view this woodland at any time during daylight hours. We do ask that you download a copy of these particulars and take them with you, mainly so you can correctly identify the boundaries and access points.
Residential Planning Permission
You are extremely unlikely to get residential planning permission for this woodland.
Directions & Access
- Heading west on the A75 continue for about 4 miles past Castle Douglas.
- Turn first right onto the minor road signed for Crossmichael.
- Continue on this road for about 2 miles until you see a wood adjacent to the road on your right.
- The field entrance gate (X on the plan) is about 30 metres after the end of this wood on the opposite (left) side of the road.
- Please park safely nearby and clear of all farm gateways.
- Walk across the field for about 200 metres to enter the wider woodland via the field gate with a woodland management sign on it (A).
- Walk up the woodland track for about 100 metres then turn left onto an unsurfaced track just before the pond.
- After 170 metres enter Balmaghie Bank at the line of orange-topped posts (B).
- The northeast boundary (BC) is marked by a line of orange-topped posts.
- The short northwest boundary (BF) is marked by a stone wall at the edge of the wood.
- Other boundaries (CDEF) are believed to be the field edge stock fences (or the stone walls where coincident with the fences).
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of way for agricultural and forestry purposes over the route XAB.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way with liability according to use.
Field boundary maintenance (CDEF) is shared equally with neighbours.
There are some restrictive covenants to protect the woodland and the environment. Please click on the button below to view these.
How To Buy
This woodland is being sold on a fixed price basis. We require the following information in writing before we mark a woodland as sold and take it off the market (please ensure you have funds in place before doing this):
- The name and price of the woodland
- Confirmation you have viewed the woodland
- Full name (including middle names), address, phone number and date of birth of all legal purchasers
- Confirmation of how you will fund the purchase
- The full contact details of your instructed solicitor (including name of company, contact name, email address, telephone number and full address)
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Maps & Plans
Plans, areas and particulars are for reference only. We cannot guarantee their accuracy and they do not form a part of any contract. Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves as to the condition of the land.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.