SOLD: Bothans Wood £45,000 Freehold


Bothans Wood lies on the periphery of the much larger Bolton Muir Woods. Indications are that this area has been woodland since ancient times and although trees have historically been cyclically harvested, the basic structure and nature of the land has been retained. This is a vital factor in the ongoing health and vitality of all the resident species, both plant and animal. Magnificent Scots pines reach skyward but are well spaced; enough to allow easy access throughout. A large variety of ferns, grasses and flowers give seasonal variety, with young birch and aspen filling the understorey niche. From the ridestop, the land is level southwards, changing to a gentle slope that gives both privacy and a view over the surrounding farmland. A drainage channel flowing westward forms the southern boundary and provides a change in habitat from the woods above.

A viewing of the wood is a pleasurable experience; please allow yourself a generous amount of time to fully explore the wood throughout.

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 main body of the wood is comprised of Scots pines planted in the mid-'30s, these have been well thinned allowing them plenty of room to achieve considerable stature. The well-spaced canopy has allowed in successive generations of birch and a variety of self-seeded saplings give a crosssection of species present throughout the whole wood. Unusually in this area, several large aspens are present, the young shoots springing from their roots forming thickets along the watercourse.


Roe deer, badgers and foxes, resident in the larger wood are regular transient visitors. The boundary watercourse gives a welcome breeding habitat for frogs, newts and toads.


A cleared path leads across a small footbridge to the open glades within the wood, in addition, a rustic bench has been created; an excellent spot to view the surrounding wood.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access: is off the B6355 and then along the firm stone track which is easily accessible by most cars.

A hardstanding vehicle and timber stacking area lie just behind the ride stop entrance.

Rights and covenants

Sporting rights: these are owned and included with the land.


Quiet and peaceful Bothans Wood is an ideal place to escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

An ideal venue in which to spend time with friends and family, engage in a conservation project, watch the wildlife or harvesting a supply of timber for the stove.

Local area and history

The wood takes its name from the settlement of Bothans which was demolished by the first Marquis Of Tweedale and subsequently replaced by the current village of Gifford which housed workers on the estate. This picturesque village is well served by B+Bs, two pubs and a variety of local businesses.

The land slopes gently to the south and the Lammamuir hills with their excellent walking and cycle tracks are a tantalising glimpse upon the horizon. At various points throughout the wood, there is a pleasant aspect over the surrounding undulating farmland.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries of the wood are marked by blue painted top fence posts.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 66
  • Grid ref: NT 501 680
  • Nearest post code: EH41 4JS
  • GPS coordinates: 55.9029, -2.79838

Location map


  • Bothans Wood is about 25 miles east of Edinburgh and about 35 miles west of Berwick on Tweed.

For Directions From Bing Maps CLICK HERE enter your own postcode (Bothans Wood entrance coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box.

For Satnav; the postcode EH41 6JS is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map.

Or use our directions:

From Edinburgh and the west;

  • From the city bypass (A720) take the A68 towards Jedburgh.
  • Pass Dalkeith and turn left at the war memorial taking the A6093 towards Haddington.
  • Go through the village of Pencaitland and turn right at the crossroads signposted Gifford B6355
  • Continue through East Saltoun for about 1.7 miles, Bolton Muir Woods will appear on the right.
  • At the crossroads tun right onto the B6368 towards Petersmuir + Humbie.
  • Continue along the wood to the main double gated entrance on the left.
  • Park safely in the entrance way and continue on foot through the side gate.
  • Bothans Wood entrance is clearly marked on the right.

From Berwick on Tweed and the east;

  • From the A1 take the A6105 signposted Duns and Chirnside.
  • Pass through Chirnside and fork right onto the B6355 towards Cranshaws.
  • Pass Whiteadder resevoir, through Gifford and continue on the B6355 towards Pencaitland.
  • After about 2 miles the main entrance to Bolton Muir Woods will appear on the left.
  • Continue along the wood to the crossroads, turn left on to the B6355 towards Petersmuir + Humbie.
  • Continue along the wood to the main double gated entrance on the left.
  • Park safely in the entrance way and continue on foot through the side gate.
  • Bothans Wood entrance is clearly marked on the right.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of two woodland books

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.

An attractive mixed habitat of Scots pine woodland, located in rural East Lothian.

Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: davidandsarah@woodlands.co.uk