Gight Wood Reserve - Scottish Wildlife Trust

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On the steep south facing slopes of the Ythan River, Gight Wood is one of the least disturbed areas of lowland woodland remaining in Aberdeenshire, with many native deciduous trees.

A key feature of the landscape is the ruin of Gight Castle once home to Lord Bryon’s mother and abandoned since the late 1700s.


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.

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