The name Dobhran is of Gaelic origin and relates to otters and water, an apt name for a wood linked to the very pretty burn that bounds it on one side. Although no otters have been spotted to date, in this remote and idyllic setting it would not be surprising if they were. The presence of such an accessible and reliable source of fresh mountain water is incredibly valuable to both animals and humans alike.
There is a whimsical charm to the woods at Grotaig that would suit all the characters out of Kenneth Graham's 'Wind in the willows'. An abundance of wildlife is quickly evident, from deer to wild boar, insects to bird life; although there is plenty of visible sign of boar, these elusive creatures are hard to spot but should be viewed at a distance.
Definitely easier to spot are the multitude of Scottish wood ant nests that, although classed as 'under threat', are dotted about throughout the wood. Dormant in winter, they will spring to life through spring until high summer, when each nest can be home to 60,000 ants, all contributing to their whole community and indicative of the biodiversity of the area.
Nestling down in the sheltered fold of the valley, Dobhran Wood is made up predominantly of mature birch, a prime pioneer tree species. Silver birch is understood to improve soil quality for other plants to grow as its widely spread roots bring otherwise inaccessible nutrients into the tree, which are then recycled on to the soil surface when the tree sheds its leaves.
The open light canopy of a birch woodland allows lots of light through to encourage grasses and various mosses, sorrell and woodland flowers. By late summer the fungi arrive in various shapes and sizes really showing off the diversity of this wonderful woodland. The excellent vehicle access track and ease of movement on foot throughout Dobhran Wood is also worthy of note and its quiet corners would make lovely camp spots, perhaps next to the burn playing its melodic tune. For the more adventurous, nearby is the significant mountain of Meall Fuar-mhonaidh 699m, listed as 106th in the table of Grahams, mountains between 2,000-2,500 feet.
A bench has been installed to allow the weary wanderer time to sit and reflect: this beautiful woodland will be attractive to all generations and is very worthy of a wee walk around on a sunny day.
Dobhran Wood is nestled between Drumnadrochit and Invermoriston, at one time the main woodland track connected the two settlements as a drover road. It is perfectly located to explore nearby Glen Affric described as the most beautiful glen in Scotland and is home to one of the largest remnants of the ancient Caledonian Forest. To the north and west is the bustling city of Inverness and the nearby Black Isle, a popular tourist destination for people and dolphin watching.
Closer to home is the nearby Urquhart Castle fought over several times by English and Scottish forces: no doubt the woods would have been part of the hunting grounds of this once grand castle.
To the south is Fort Augustus, further still Fort William and the great Nevis range and the delights of the West Coast.
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.
Boundaries are marked by orange painted post tops.
You are welcome to visit this wood by yourself, but please ensure that you have a copy of these sales details with you - many of our woodlands do not have mobile phone reception or internet access so we recommend either printing the details or downloading them to your phone/tablet/laptop.
Do remember to also check that it is still available for sale. If you have seen the woodland and wish to be accompanied on a second more detailed visit please contact our local manager.
OS Landranger: OS No 26
Grid ref: NH 484 232
Nearest post code: IV63 6XH
Boundaries are marked by orange painted post tops.
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 his or her 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.
All woodlands are sold at a fixed price, and include free membership of the Small Woodland Owners Group and the Royal Forestry Society, as well as £300 towards paying for a course (or courses) to help with managing and enjoying your woodland.
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.