SOLD: Eddard Wood £49,000 Freehold
- Gartocharn, Drymen, Stirlingshire
- just over 6 acres
- Northern Scotland
entrance with hardstanding
path through the wood
sign of deer
Autumn is here
middle of the wood
view across the field
snaky birch tree
For some people location is everything and in this instance Finnery Woodlands is situated in arguably one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland, within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Although the park was only formed in 2002, people have been flocking to the area for hundreds of years.
Loch Lomond has the largest surface area of any lake or loch in the British Isles, 24 miles long, 5 miles wide and 600 feet deep: nearly 30 square miles. The varied terrain is the territory of ash, rowan, oak and birch along with 25% by species of Britain's wild plants. There are about 200 species of birds that fly around the loch and surrounding area as well as three species of wild deer, pine marten and wild cats, to name but a few. In late summer the woods are alive with butterflies and dragonflies, indicating the positive health and general diversity of the woodland.
Eddard Wood and its surrounding woodland are very quiet and peaceful and are a perfect bolthole for peace and solitude. The original plantation was felled some time ago and nature has been left to do its remarkable regeneration. The result is quite stunning: birch proliferates along side rowan and willow as well as the odd western hemlock, an attractive pine with soft needles. Queen Victoria regarded this tree so highly she requested that its name was changed to Tsuga Albertiana in honour of her husband Albert.
The understory too is remarkably diverse, with a mix of sphagnum and other mosses, blaeberries, wild flowers and an increasing number of rhododendron. The rhododendron, though giving a magnificent floral display in early summer, is considered a pest, but is still at a point where it is easily controlled and disposed of. It is believed some rhododendron was introduced in the 1750's from Portugal and Spain to provide ground cover on estates for game birds, though the Victorian era also promoted its planting from the Himalayas. It has flourished throughout the west of Britain. One of the positives of having this ground cover is that there is a really vibrant mix of animal life that enjoys the seclusion and the woods being renowned as a haven for the increasingly rare woodcock.
There will be scope to engage in sustainable extraction of firewood over many years as one thins and shapes the wood for future generations.
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.
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.
Boundaries are clearly marked with blue painted free standing posts on two sides and by a stock fence on its northern and eastern boundaries.
Find this wood
This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.
- OS Landranger: OS No. 56
- Grid ref: NS 443 847
- Nearest post code: G83 8SA
- GPS coordinates: 56.0285, -4.50378
- 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.
- Continue up this driveway for 500m and the woods are on your right.
- If you miss the entrance you will reach Finnery House on your left. Turn round and retrace your steps.
Sat nav will get you to Finnery Road but will not get you to the entance to the woods.
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.