SOLD: Solas Wood £49,000 Freehold


Solas is defined as peace, joy and happiness in the Gaelic language, which will undoubtedly be a very apt description for any future owner. Solas Wood is a wonderful woodland, of a good size that will entrance and delight in equal measure. Access is very good with a recently strengthened forest track, laid with good stone, that will be maintenance free for many years.

All the woods at Grotaig are a real ecological oasis, rich in flora and fauna, with each new season providing a wide and varied abundance. Whether it be monster ceps or delicate orchids, there really is something for everyone here.

The variable topography within Solas Wood, helps to create the impression that it is a much larger wood. It is sandwiched between an upper and a lower track and though the main entrance is sited on the upper track, reasonable access can be made from the lower track too.

The trees are mainly birch and these could provide a good source of firewood to keep the home fires burning. In addition, there are a number of areas that could be easily planted with additional species to further broaden the diversity of the woodland. Oak, being the cornerstone of woodland diversity, would be a very positive addition, but native berry bearing species would provide foraging for Autumn birdlife. The open areas are well established heather and provide a draw for invertebrates, perhaps unfortunately at the bottom of the food chain?

Conveniently there are many places to site a discrete woodland shelter if required; a little hobbit hut would not look out of place in this magical place. Once the woods fully wake up after winter, a visit to Grotaig is an uplifting place to spend an afternoon walking around. The pottery and coffee shop is an excellent diversion on the way out.

Surrounding Area

Solas Wood is nestled between Drumnadrochit and Invermoriston and 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 land around would have been part of the hunting grounds of this once grand castle. For the hardy walker or mountain biker, the Great Glen Way passes very close to the woods and is an excellent cross country route.

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.

Wood maps

Wood map


Boundaries are marked by turquoise painted post tops.

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 26
  • Grid ref: NH 486 229
  • Nearest post code: IV63 6XH
  • GPS coordinates: 57.2724, -4.51136

Location map


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 650m, just after the sharp little climb continue for 200m, the woodland is on your right 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 stunning Highland birch woodland, set loftily above Loch Ness.

Managed by Torquil Varty and Rachel Bower

Telephone: 01307 467393

Telephone: 07803 903 203

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