Gight Woods

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, brown hares and foxes. It is a particularly good area for spotting red squirrels.

A path leads through the woodland, up a few steep climbs, past swathes of bluebells to a viewpoint.

Why visit?

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

Best time to visit?
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  • Apr to Aug for wildflowers
  • Summer 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, 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.