SOLD: Shellach Wood £69,000 Freehold


Shellach Wood sits right at the end of a lower track within the larger woodland at Grotaig and is a delightful secret in terms of its location, looking back at the rest of the woodland. There are two main areas of mature woodland; at the entrance around the hardstanding and on the western boundary.

The substantial area at the entrance would lend itself well for the siting of a woodland shelter, stacking timber or for managing vehicles. Shellach Wood is located at the furthest end of the woods at Grotaig and would suit someone looking for a project to enhance the tree cover out into the open area. The highlight of this wood is undoubtedly the long meandering stream running along the northern boundary, fringed with mature birch and with enough of a run to open up the possibility of a small hydro scheme to provide power, subject to necessary consents. There are some lovely spots for camping dens, interspersed between the mature birch trees, the type of setting where memories are made and stories are told.

There is a bench installed close to the main entrance that will give the chance to sit down, take stock and maybe dream awhile.

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.


There is open area with this woodland that would enable great scope for a planting project, with a good seed bank of mature birch and willow to allow for self seeding, however the introduction of a wide variety of other species such as alder, oak, Scots pine and hornbeam, as well as the more shrubby species of hazel, hawthorn, blackthorn and field maple will really add to the diversity of these wonderful woodlands.


The wildlife of Grotaig is abundant and has benefitted from only occasional human activity. Although there are signs of larger mammals within the woodland from deer to wild boar, it is the insect life that really proves how rich and healthy the woodlands are, from Scottish wood ants to a variety of butterflies sipping on the wildflowers.


There is a fast running stream on the northern boundary that may be suitable for some form of micro hydro power source.

Access, tracks and footpaths

The access track has recently been upgraded with and area of hardstanding within the woodland.

Rights and covenants

All sporting rights are held with the wood.


Dependant upon local planning consent, this would be the perfect location for a small hut for occasional use or for summer camping expeditions.

Local area and history

Shellach 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.

Wood maps

Wood map


Boundaries are marked by red 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 484 229
  • Nearest post code: IV63 6XH
  • GPS coordinates: 57.2723, -4.5147

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 track for 100m and turn right onto the lower track and follow to the end.

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 secluded woodland with fantastic mountain views, a tumbling highland burn and close to Inverness.

Managed by Torquil Varty and Rachel Bower

Telephone: 01307 467393

Telephone: 07803 903 203

Email: torquilandrachel@woodlands.co.uk