Tarly Wood £69,000 Freehold


This is a fantastic woodland of over 5 acres that sits in a really tranquil part of the world, despite being close to Loch Lomond; an accessible escape from city life. It is private with very few people passing by apart from other woodland owners.

The terrain is quite flat allowing easy access throughout the wood. Tarly Wood is predominantly comprised mainly of maturing birch but with some pine towards the north east boundary that is showing excellent growth. As is not uncommon in the west of Scotland, there is some rhododendron within the wood, a non-native species that readily colonises new woodland, arriving from the Victorian gardens where it was planted. At present it is at the easily manageable stage, though a new owner might consider rooting it out to stop further spread. It does make a good bonfire.

There is a wonderful atmosphere to the woods, especially when the light streams in through the trees, allowing life to flourish on the forest floor, a sign of a healthy woodland rich in biodiversity.

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.


Birch provides food and habitat for over 300 insect species, its gentle canopy allowing light to filter through to the forest floor encouraging grasses, mosses, wood anemones and a variety of wild flowers. It is no surprise that birds flourish in this environment with plenty of cover and food to eat.


These woods are a particular haven for woodcock, a wonderful but quite shy bird that you are likely to wonder across by chance: it is a large bulky wading bird with short legs, and a very long straight tapering bill. It is largely nocturnal and in spring and summer male woodcocks perform a display flight known as roding. At dusk, and just before dawn, they take to the air and patrol over large areas of their forest and heathland homes, calling in a series of grunts and squeaks, competing with other males to attract females.


The main feature of this woodland is the maturity of the birch within, providing a sustainable source of domestic firewood for the aspiring coppicer, though any coppice will need protection from deer who are common visitors to the wood.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access is very good with an area of hardstanding for parking or timber stacking. There are no defined paths within the wood but it is open enough to traverse easily.

Rights and covenants

All sporting and mineral rights are sold with the woodland


Tarly Wood is a great place to set up camp , to observe the wildlife and to take forays into woodland crafts or to plant more trees.

Local area and history

The surrounding area of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs gained much popularity with the publication of Sir Walter Scott's 1810 poem 'The Lady of the Lake'. The poem gives a roll call of Trossachs place names, the lady herself being found on Loch Katrine. Scott followed up with his 1817 historical novel Rob Roy, romanticising the outlaw cattle thief Raibert Ruadh born by Loch Katrine and buried at nearby Balquhidder.

Stirling, with its beautiful castle, is just a 30 minute drive away with direct links from there across to Edinburgh.

Wood maps

Wood map


Boundaries are marked by orange painted post tops

Find this wood


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 56
  • Grid ref: NS 440 845
  • Nearest post code: G83 8SA
  • GPS coordinates: 56.0283, -4.50376

Location map


From Glasgow:

  • Take the A82 north.
  • Turn right onto the A811 in the direction of Drymen.
  • At the village of Gartocham turn right onto School Road.
  • Turn left onto Auchincarroch Road.
  • Turn left onto Finnery Road.
  • The entrance will be on your left. There is a small woodlands for sale sign attached to the fence. On the other side of the driveway is the nameplate Greystonelea.
  • Go through the pedestrian gate and the wood is in front of you on the right hand side.
  • If you miss the entrance you will reach Finnery House on your left. Turn round and retrace your steps.
  • Go through the pedestrian gate and follow the internal track until you reach the woodland on your right hand side

Sat nav will get you to Finnery Road but will not get you to the entance to the woods.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

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 lovely birch woodland close to Glasgow and Stirling with excellent access, within the Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

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Managed by Torquil Varty and Rachel Bower

Telephone: 01307 467393

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