Gight Wood

Gight Wood, on the slopes of the River Ythan, is one of the last remnants of ancient woodland in Aberdeenshire. This broadleaved woodland of hazel, oak and rowan supports badgers, red squirrels, brown hares and foxes.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Wildflowers
  • Woodland walk
  • Hazel woodland

Best time to visit?

  • Apr to Aug for wildflowers
  • May to Sep for hazelwoods
  • Anytime for walking

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • wildflowers
  • scenery
  • mammals

Other information

A path leads through the woodland and up a few steep climbs to a viewpoint. Bluebells can be seen in early summer.


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How to get there


Gight Woods are situated in a remote location on steep land sloping down to the River Ythan, about 27 miles north of Aberdeen, 2 miles upstream of Methlick and 3 miles east of Fyvie, lying off the B9005. Access to the reserve can be gained from the Forestry Commission car park at this location.

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Getting onto the reserve

From the car park, follow the Forestry Commission track to its conclusion, go through the gate and cross a field to the access point (please note that livestock are sometimes present in the field). There is a waymarked footpath around the reserve, which includes a few steep climbs. Please note the section of path on the south side of the river Ythan is not owned or managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Access restrictions

The footpath is not wheelchair accessible.

Nearest town
Ellon (13 mi / 20.9 km)
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About Gight Wood

Links & downloads

Reserve map


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