This really is a glorious woodland set high above Loch Ness but offering seclusion and privacy, it lies under the gaze of Meall Fuar-mhonaidh, a peak that dominates the skyline offering views down the Great Glen towards Ben Nevis range and the Monadhliath mountains.
The internal track has been recently upgraded providing excellent access into the woods. Birch dominates these woodlands with rowan, willow and oak. The forest floor is carpeted in blaeberries, providing ample harvest in September for small animals and birds and occasionally the odd hungry human. Woodcock can be heard as well as numerous other birds and sika deer are present too as well as an elusive number of wild boar. Care should be taken if the elusive boar are seen.
There are no specific trails through Paragon Wood, the natural spacing of trees make it very easy to explore. Toward the centre of the wood is a cosy hollow that feels almost meadow like. This would be the perfect spot to set up camp or to position a woodland shelter or even to plant up with some interesting hardwood species, adding further to the complex tapestry the wood already possesses.
Throughout the woods there are numerous anthills of formica aquilonia, the Scottish wood ant found only in the highlands of Scotland. Wood ants are known to be ‘key-stone’ species in the ecosystems of which they are a part, playing a vital role in maintaining the delicate balance between organisms in the ecosystem. They are currently declared as an ' at risk ' species and as such all care should be taken to preserve their habitat.
Samuel Coleridge once wrote of this area in the 1800's ‘O never, never let me forget the beautiful birch stems, like silver tarnished’.
Paragon 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.
To the south is the iconic Loch Ness containing more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined. Fort Augustus is nearby and further still Fort William and the great Nevis range with the delights of the West Coast or Skye relatively accessible.
Please visit the local pottery, as well as fine works of art they do the best and probably only coffee and cake for miles around; the perfect treat after an afternoon walking 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.
Paragon wood is marked by orange painted posts.
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 486 512
Nearest post code: IV63 6XH
Paragon wood is marked by orange painted posts.
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.