Gight Wood

One of the last remnants of ancient woodland in Aberdeenshire, on the banks of the River Ythan. A particularly good area to see bluebells and red squirrels.

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Otter (c) Steve Gardner

Why visit?

  • Bluebells and other wildflowers
  • Red squirrels
  • Woodland walk
  • Hazel woodland

Best time to visit?

  • Apr to Aug for wildflowers
  • Summer months for red squirrels
  • May to Sep for hazelwoods
  • Anytime for walking

Visit for:

  • Mammals
  • Scenery
  • Wildflowers
  • Woodlands
  • Birdwatching


Gight Woods are situated in a remote location on steep land sloping down to the River Ythan, about 27 miles north of Aberdeen, two miles upstream of Methlick and three miles east of Fyvie, lying off the B9005. Access to the reserve can be gained from the Forestry Commission car-park at this location.

Getting onto the reserve

Follow the Forestry Commission track to its conclusion, go through the gate and cross a field to the access point. There is a waymarked circular footpath around the reserve, which includes a few steep climbs.

Getting round this reserve

The circular footpath is not wheelchair accessible.


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