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SOLD: Lagan Wood £65,000 Freehold

Description

This woodland is really most impressive, located close to the entrance of the larger woodland known as Grotaig: the topography particularly sets this one apart! The entrance way leads on to a light and open area, with well spaced mature birch trees pleasantly dotted about. The ground fauna is mainly grass and thick moss interspersed with bilberry shrubs, that provide a good source of food for all manner of woodland creatures. Walking about this woodland is delightful.

As with the majority of the woods at Grotaig, there are a number of Scottish wood ant nests and care must be taken not to disturb these fantastic creatures that, while dormant in winter, will stir into life in spring.

The woodland rises up to give great views back across the wider landscape and it is just over this rise that great oaks predominate with views across to Loch Ness in the distance.

These are wonderful woods full of diversity well worth a trip out to view, there is sign of wild pig activity within the woodland though they are notoriously elusive creatures and you will be unlikely to see them whilst visiting the woods.

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.

Trees

The trees are predominantly mature birch with the odd rowan and half a dozen or so majestic oaks hugging the slope; perfectly placed to produce acorns for future generations of trees. Oak trees, the corner stone of diversity in a woodland, are renowned for their log lifespan: the Bowthorpe Oak in Lincolnshire is thought to be a thousand years old.

Wildlife

The wildlife is rich and varied with many ant nests dotted about the woodland, dormant in winter but then come alive in spring. Deer and wild pigs are known to visit, though the latter are hard to spot and are traditionally very elusive creatures, usually visiting under the cover of darkness. A well placed trail cam might help spot these elusive creatures.

Features

This woodland has views down to Loch Ness from the high plateau, a fair trek to walk down to but certainly achievable in half a day.

Access, tracks and footpaths

There is a good stone access track leading up to the woodland with an area of hardstanding suitable for turning a vehicle.

Rights and covenants

All sporting rights are sold with the woodland.

Activities

This woodland will allow any prospective owner the space to express their creativity in any number of activities from shelter building to outdoor cooking to firewood production to mushroom identification. The list is as long as your imagination.

Local area and history

Lagan Wood is nestled between Drumnadrochit and Invermoriston; at one time the main woodland track connected the two settlements as a droving 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 east is the bustling city of Inverness and the nearby Black Isle, a popular tourist destination as well as good area for 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 west is Fort Augustus, further still Fort William and the great Nevis range and the delights of the West Coast.

Wood maps

Wood map

Boundaries

Boundaries are marked by blue painted post tops on three sides and a deer fence on the southern boundary.

Find this wood

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

Location

  • OS Landranger: OS No. 26
  • Grid ref: NH 489 233
  • Nearest post code: IV63 6XH
  • GPS coordinates: 57.2755, -4.50647

Location map

Directions

From Inverness:

  • Follow the A82 in the direction of Fort William
  • Contnue to Drumnadrochit and pass through the village.
  • Take the second right after the garage signposted to Bunloit.
  • The road rises steeply. Continue till the end of the road. Approx. 4 miles.
  • You will see a number of hand painted signs for the Pottery, this is also your destination.
  • At the end of the road there is parking for the great glen way. Please park here and continue on foot. It will take about 25 minutes to walk from here along a good forest track.
  • From this parking area bear right and continue westwards along the track which bends round and over a vehicle bridge.
  • Into a small collection of dwellings and on your left is the Pottery. Please take the track opposite the pottery, continue past a house and other huts on the right hand side.
  • Keep straight ahead and emerge from the shelter of the trees until you see the woodlands for sale sign by the five bar gate.
  • Continue on the recently re-surfaced woodland track for about 150m, just after the little climb, the woodland is on your left hand side.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of two woodland books

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 fantastic birch and oak woodland sitting high above Loch Ness and close to Inverness.

Managed by Torquil Varty and Rachel Bower

Telephone: 01307 467393

Telephone: 07803 903 203

Email: [email protected]