The name Gallaran is taken from the Gaelic for 'woodland or wild angelica' and the woods at Balbeg are indeed heavenly: wild flowers and herbs flourish on its varied terrain.
The road from Drumnadrochit rises steeply as one leaves the village, passing stands of commercial woodland and small farms, with the peak of Meall Fuar-mhonaidh a focal point in the distance. Initial parking to view the woodland is conveniently located at the end of this road and is also a parking spot for those joining the Great Glen Way. Follow the track over the burn toward the pottery and cafe before turning to the right along the recently improved track.
This track has been strengthened at the beginning of the year, with considerable amounts of stone making it extremely durable and access is very easy and reliable for all types of vehicle; as well as being a very pleasant walk when going to view the wood. Continue along the track with peak of Meall Fuar-mhonaidh coming into view to the north west, until the ridestop entrance, a handy vehicle space or timber stacking area comes into view on the left, after the track junction also on the left.
Gallaran Wood is predominantly mature birch with some mighty specimens, though in some spots there are some fine mature oaks as well as rowan and willow. The going underfoot is easy and dry as the ground is well drained by the relatively easy slope. The understorey too, is alive and vibrant.
These woods are very much unspoilt and have benefitted from being in private and sensitive hands for a long period. Numerous colonies of formica aquilonia, the scottish wood ant that is classed as under threat and is on the Scottish biodiversity list, are dotted about. The abundance of bilberries makes the landscape somewhat of a haven for all types of fauna: in the greater area of woodland at Grotaig there is even evidence of wild boar. Birdlife too is diverse with buzzards, numerous song birds and even the elusive jay having been seen.
Gallaran Wood has a very special feel indeed and is set on two distinct levels; the higher level boasts fantastic views down to Loch Ness and also up and across the plateau. There is a bench here to sit and soak up the Highland atmosphere.
The lower and larger section of woodland has plenty of open areas, perfect for camping or the siting of a small hut. A sustainable harvest of firewood could be taken for domestic use or just for keeping the camp fire burning. Whoever becomes custodian of this wood will soon discover what a rare gem it is and early viewing on a sunny day is strongly recommended. remember to sample the cakes at the cafe!
Gallaran Wood is nestled between Drumnadrochit and Invermoriston, at one time the main woodland track connected the two settlements. 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 red 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 488 232
Nearest post code: IV63 6XH
Boundaries are marked by red 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.