SOLD: Barabell Wood £79,000 Freehold


Barabell Wood is one of the larger woodlands at this very popular location, with an enchanting mix of open grass areas, mature birch that will accommodate any firewood needs and a large raised plateau area, home to a mix of younger birch and swifter growing pine. The balanced mix of tree species and differing habitats creates an enchanting woodland. Not uncommon amongst varied and diverse woodland, and within the wider woodland here, non-native rhododendron is growing within the understory, though it's very much at a manageable stage. Rhododendron working 'parties' are an opportunity to involve wider interest in tackling this 'friendly' but ultimately non-native species!

Though there are some relics of pheasant pens and a shooting range within the wood, reminiscent of its previous incarnation, there has been no shooting on site since the woodland came in to our ownership and this has allowed the wildlife to thrive. This wood is well worth exploring and early viewing is reccommended as it will be popular.

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.


Silver birch provides food and habitat for more than 300 insect species – the leaves attracting aphids, the in turn provide food for ladybirds and other species further up the food chain. The leaves are also a food plant for the caterpillars of many moths, including the angle-shades, buff tip, pebble hook-tip, and Kentish glory.

Birch trees are particularly associated with specific fungi, including fly agaric, woolly milk cap, birch milk cap, birch brittlegill, birch knight, chanterelle and the birch polypore (razor strop).


These woods are a particular haven for woodcock, a wonderful but quite shy bird that you are likely to wonder across by chance: it is a large bulky wading bird with short legs, and a very long straight tapering bill. It is largely nocturnal and in spring and summer male woodcocks perform a display flight known as roding. At dusk, and just before dawn, they take to the air and patrol over large areas of their forest and heathland homes, calling in a series of grunts and squeaks, competing with other males to attract females.


The lovely open grassy area would be perfect for summer camping, with an existing structure that could easily be converted for use as a tool store. It was used previously as a shelter for shooting practice.

Access, tracks and footpaths

There is a good stone track leading up to the wood with an area of hardstanding for off track parking or for use as a timber stack. The woodland is open enough to traverse easily without any defined paths.

Rights and covenants

All sporting and mineral rights are sold with the woodland.


The list of things to do in a woodland is as long as your imagination! In the first instance observation is the key, whether through trail cams or as simple as spending time in the woodland. Each woodland beats to its own rhythm and the enjoyment is to figure this out . Good luck!

Local area and history

The surrounding area of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs gained much popularity with the publication of Sir Walter Scott's 1810 poem 'The Lady of the Lake'. The poem gives a roll call of Trossachs place names, the lady herself being found on Loch Katrine. Scott followed up with his 1817 historical novel Rob Roy, romanticising the outlaw cattle thief Raibert Ruadh born by Loch Katrine and buried at nearby Balquhidder.

Stirling, with its beautiful castle, is just a 30 minute drive away with direct links from there across to Edinburgh.

Wood maps

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

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 56
  • Grid ref: NS 441 846
  • Nearest post code: G83 8SA
  • GPS coordinates: 56.0283, -4.50247

Location map


From Glasgow:

  • Take the A82 north.
  • Turn right onto the A811 in the direction of Drymen.
  • At the village of Gartocham turn right onto School Road.
  • Turn left onto Auchincarroch Road.
  • Turn left onto Finnery Road.
  • The entrance will be on your left. There is a small woodlands for sale sign attached to the fence. On the other side of the driveway is the nameplate Greystonelea.
  • Continue up this driveway for 500m and the woods are on your right.
  • If you miss the entrance you will reach Finnery House on your left. Turn round and retrace your steps.
  • Go through the pedestrian gate and follow the internal track until you reach the woodland on your right hand side

Sat nav will get you to Finnery Road but will not get you to the entance to the woods.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

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.

A larger mixed species woodland, close to Loch Lomond within the Trossachs National Park and within easy reach of Glasgow.

Managed by Torquil Varty and Rachel Bower

Telephone: 01307 467393

Telephone: 07803 903 203

Email: [email protected]