SOLD: Leathan Wood £85,500 Freehold
- near Kinloch Rannoch, Pitlochry, Perthshire
- over 6½ acres
- Northern Scotland
Fern and grassy floor in open Scots Pine
Open spruce area
Birch and mixed broadleaves along access track
Dunalastair Water and Schiehallion from higher up the hillside
Internal track down to deer gate entrance
Boulder next to start of access track
Entrance to the wood
Track up to the cabin
Parking area in front of cabin
Secure door and windows
Hut base cut into the landscape
Plenty of firewood
View from above
Deer fence compound
View back to the cabin
Tall straight timber
Green forest floor
Looking up into the canopy
Vibrant colourful woodland
Description: Leathan Wood has a wonderful location in the heart of the majestic central Highlands amongst mountain glens and lochs, and is situated on the lower south-eastern slopes of the corbett, Beinn a' Chuallaich. The woodland rises mostly on a gentle gradient from 275m along its quiet road frontage to 300m (above sea level) at its highest point in the western corner.
The pattern of the wood is broadly characterised by open Scots pine and birch areas to the east and west, with denser Sitka spruce in the middle, through which a tumbling small burn (as shown on the map) descends. At the centre of the wood, and where the water from the burn spreads in a basin effect when in spate, there is scope for a small wildlife pond. A separate runnel of water crosses the eastern corner of the wood.
Glacial rocks, ferns, grasses and heather adorn the woodland floor which harbours an array of insect life and other interesting fauna. A level parking and occasional camping area has been laid amidst these natural surroundings for optimum light, peace and privacy and it is here that the cabin is situated. From here there is a private trail across the breadth of the wood passing over the burn, by a central glade and then along a thinned ride to the western reaches of the wood. There are some outstanding views from the southwest corner across to Dunalastair Water and Schiehallion.
The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands.
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.
It's a mixture of mature Scots pine and spruce planted about 40 years ago with some native broadleaves, mainly birch, rowan and willow, either planted in 1985 or naturally regenerating in the lighter open spaces.
There is an abundance of wildlife at Dunalastair from red squirrels, pine martens, deer and a variety of birds attracted to the relative isolation of the woods.
The striking feature of Leathan Wood is the fabulous cabin sitting centrally within the wood. The cabin has floor and roof insullation, roof shingles, guttering and rodent mesh protection for underfloor dead space. The windows are double glazed, the floor has been varnished and all windows and doors have secure shutters for when the cabin is not in use. There is a modern wood burner fitted with an abundant supply of firewood. In addition, a short walk away and separate from the cabin, is a compost toilet set on a concrete base.
A large area next to the cabin has been deer fenced that will act as a secure area for dogs or for tree planting. Planning permission is for occasional use and cannot be converted to residential accomodation. A substantial investment has been made by the current owner in preparing the ground for siting of the hut , upgrading the access track and installing the hut to a high standard and this is reflected in the price.
Access, tracks and footpaths
Access: Is off the large open area just off the B847, this can be used for general parking. There is a full right of access over a private track heading along the outside of the deer fence to Leathan Wood entrance where a fully upgraded stone track leads 200m into the centre of the wood where the cabin is situated.
Rights and covenants
Sporting Rights: These are fully owned and included with the land.
The cabin is the perfect base for exploring a wonderful part of Scotland and for showing children a more simple lifestyle.
Local area and history
Surrounding area: Leathan Wood is part of the old Creag Dhubh Forestry Estate which is situated just above Dunalastair Water on the lower south-eastern slopes of corbett Beinn a' Chuallaich. The surrounding area is renowned for its natural highland beauty including the ancient Caledonian Pine woods (Black Woods of Rannoch), series of Lochs (Rannoch and Tummel), cascading rivers (Tummel and Garry) and classic conical shaped munro (Schiehallion). Outdoor pursuits from hill-walking to mountaineering, boating (for sailing or fishing) to rafting are very popular. Local wildlife includes grouse, red deer, red squirrels, pine martens, capercaillie, cross-bill and various birds of prey. There are also many interesting fungi, insects, birds, lichens and other plants indicating a healthy and diverse ecosystem and making the area something of a mecca for conservationists and biologists. Creag Dhubh is a wonderful spot in which to relax, feel the senses come alive and take in some of the purest air and most beautiful scenery in Scotland.
Boundaries are clearly indicated with blue markings on free-standing or fence posts, and some trees.
Find this wood
This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.
- OS Landranger: OS No. 42
- Grid ref: NN 703 604
- Nearest post code: PH16 5PD
- GPS coordinates: 56.7183, -4.11865
Leathan Wood lies about 18 miles west of Pitlochry.
- It's generally simpler to use the A9 rather than travel cross country.
- Travelling northwards or southwards on the A9, the recommended route would be to turn off onto the B847 at Calvine, near Bruar.
- Alternative scenic routes from the south include along Loch Tummel or via Aberfeldy; or from the north would be via the Dalnacardoch to Trinafour single track road.
- Taking the recommended route head generally west on the B847 passing through Trinafour. Continue south on the B847 and pass the road signposted for Tummel Bridge on your left.
- Stay on the B847 signposted to Kinloch Rannoch and after about 2¼ miles you will see a "Woodlands For Sale" sign, pull into the large parking area on the right. Please park here at either end of the tarmac strip adjacent to the road. (Works are being carried out here at present with heaps of stone ready for spreading.)
- Follow the access track on your left past the large brown rock down to the opening in the deer fence by the "Leathan Wood" sign.
Satnav the postcode PH16 5PD is for the point shown by the red dot on the location maps. Coordinates for the open parking area are N56:43:08 W4:06:57.
For Directions From Bing Maps CLICK HERE enter your own postcode, (Leathan Wood coordinates are already entered) and click blue "Go" box. This will take you to the large open area. (It may be necessary to add Pitlochry as an intermediate destination if Bing directs you via Aberfeldy).
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.