SOLD: Urqhart Wood £49,000 Freehold
- Grotaig, Drumnadrochit, Invernessshire
- about 5 acres
- Northern Scotland
Wild boar skull
A riot of colour
Top of an ant nest
The woods at Grotaig are a real treasure trove for those looking to find a place to escape to; its rolling landscape and ecological diversity providing the perfect tonic to a chaotic world. There is a sense of calm as nature goes about its business with seasonal shifts providing entertainment for the keen observer.
The woods are predominantly birch with the odd western hemlock drifting in from the adjoining plantation, along with pioneering rowan and willow, though there is plenty of scope to add diversity to the tree stock with additional planting.
This woodland will tick many boxes providing a combination of breathtaking views, a wide variety of wildflowers and mosses and a good supply of mature birch that will help to feed a burner. The Scottish wood ant is worthy of further research: these are remarkable creatures and if you are lucky to be about in June, usually on a warm humid day, huge numbers of winged reproductive males and queens leave the nest en masse and engage in a mating ritual known as the ‘nuptial flight’.
These remarkable woods are well worth a trip out to and if the pottery is open then you are in luck, they sell cake!
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 woods have a light, open canopy: a pioneer species providing the perfect conditions for grasses, mosses, wood anemones, bluebells, wood sorrel and violets to grow.
Silver birch provides food and habitat for more than 300 insect species – the leaves attracting aphids which provide food for ladybirds and other species further up the food chain. The leaves are also a food plant for the caterpillars of many moths, including the angle-shades, buff tip, pebble hook-tip, and Kentish glory. Birch trees are particularly associated with specific fungi, including fly agaric, woolly milk cap, birch milk cap, birch brittlegill, birch knight, chanterelle and the birch polypore (razor strop). A walk around these woods in late summer would showcase the sheer variety of mushroom and fungi on display.
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.
The woodland 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 and are a real feature of this woodland best taken in whilst sitting on the bench.
Access, tracks and footpaths
The good access tracks have been recently maintained with stone quarried from within the woods.
Rights and covenants
All sporting rights come with the woodland.
These woods are a great base for exploring the highlands and would be the perfect spot to make as your base camp.
Local area and history
Urqhart Wood is nestled between Drumnadrochit and Invermoriston, at one time the main woodland track connected the two settlements as a drover road. 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 woods would have been part of the hunting grounds of this once grand castle.
To the south is Fort Augustus, further still Fort William and the great Nevis range and the delights of the West Coast.
Boundaries are marked by purple 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 489 232
- Nearest post code: IV63 6XH
- GPS coordinates: 57.2748, -4.50769
- 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, the woodland is on your right hand side.
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.