Under Offer North Quintfall Forest, Caithness, KW1 4UD


An attractive, compact commercial forest planted in the early 1980s, with detailed active planning permission with the unique opportunity to build two exclusive detached properties. The Forest is now in production, with approval for further felling to provide tax-free timber revenue. Sporting rights, including sole fishing rights included.

185.2 hectares (457.5 acres)

Freehold for sale
Guide Price: Offers over £290,000
Wick 6 miles

North Quintfall Forest is a sizeable area of commercial forest located close to the A99 trunk road, with impressive views southwest over the Caithness countryside. The property benefits from active detailed planning permission for two detached residential houses, and will appeal to those seeking to invest in commercial forestry with the potential to create two spectacular family homes. At the same time, purchasers may take enjoyment from the ongoing management of the forest as it is felled and it regenerates, and the challenging deer stalking and game bird opportunities it may afford.

Location and Directions (see location map)
North Quintfall is situated approximately 6 miles north of Wick, lying just to the east of the A99 Wick to John O'Groats road. Travelling form Wick, follow the A99 to John O'Groats for approximately 4 miles. Turn left on the A99 at the turning west, signposted Lyth. Continue along this unclassified road for approximately 2 miles and the access road to North Quintfall is on your right. Continue along this track for approximately half a mile to the entrance to North Quintfall, to the left.

Access and Timber Markets
The 2 miles of public road from North Quintfall to the A99 trunk road is identified as a consultation route for timber haulage on the Timber Transport Forum’s Agreed Routes Map.

North Quintfall is only 15 miles from timber shipping facilities at the Port of Scrabster and 6 miles from the Port of Wick. Timber is currently freighted in bulk quantities from Scrabster and Wick for export to Europe and the various timber markets in the UK. From Wick there is trunk road access to wider timber markets via the A99 and A9. Local markets for timber are located at Dingwall, Inverness and the wood energy mill at Invergordon.

There is a heritable and irredeemable servitude right of access for forestry purposes, between points A-B on the Sale Plan. Within the property forest roads extent to approximately 1.1 miles providing access to the north and south of the forest. In addition there are extensive open rides giving excellent opportunities for walking, riding and quad-biking providing access to enjoy the varied flora and fauna throughout the forest.

Offers in excess of £290,000 are invited.

The Forest
North Quintfall was planted over the years 1980-82 and extends to 185.2 hectares, of which 111.2 hectares or thereby are presently stocked with commercial conifer crops. The forest is predominantly stocked with Lodgepole pine (95.3 hectares), with area of pure Sitka spruce extending to 14.4 hectares and 1.5 hectares of mixed conifers.

A first phase of felling has taken place under the current Forest Plan, and Felling Licence 030/11/12. Due to subsequent natural regeneration, the Forest Plan has been updated by the current owners to reflect this, and it is now proposed to regenerate with Sitka spruce and Lodgepole pine where it occurs, as well as create smaller areas of native broadleaves adjacent to the residential house plots. 27.39 hectares is identified as open ground for biodiversity.

A full Yield Class survey was not conducted. Prospective purchasers should make their own assessment of growth rates, however the average yield class for Lodgepole pine is estimated at yield class 6-8 with the Sitka spruce being between yield class 10-16.

Copies of the Forest Plan and Compartment data are available from the selling agents.

Planning Permission
There is active detailed planning permission for two homes under planning approvals, reference 11/4596/FUL and 11/4598/FUL. Plot A on the sale plan, known as Ahearn, has planning permission for a significant five-bedroom, one and a half storey home and outbuilding. Low voltage underground electricity cables have been extended to this plot from the adjacent 11Kv overhead line. The mains water supply runs along the public road with a hydrant adjacent to point A on the Sale Plan. The approved plans provide for a generous master bedroom, including dressing room and shower en-suite, with a further four sizeable bedrooms and a bathroom, ample kitchen with dining area, and separate utility room. A large lounge (extending to the width of the property) leads onto the stairs to a gallery, dedicated games room and private office. A separate access leads from the office to the garden.

Plot B has permission for the construction of a substantial three-bedroom bungalow comprising master bedroom with dressing room and shower en-suite, and two further en-suite bedrooms. The rear door has an open plan entrance to a utility / boot room. Next to the utility room is a generous kitchen, which leads into a large open plan dining area and lounge, with French windows and open fire. An office / study is accessed via the hall. This planning permission also allows for a large double garage with space for a biomass boiler.

Floor plans and elevation plans are available at:

There are two static caravans, which benefit from planning permission, on site.

North Quintfall benefits from an Approved Long Term Forest Plan, Case reference, 4717483. As described above, the first phase of felling has been executed and early natural regeneration of Sitka spruce and Lodgepole pine is emerging across areas of the site. This is now the current owner’s preferred method of re-establishment of these areas. Under the Forest Plan there is further approval for felling of 40.65 hectares of crops in the period 2020 to 2024. Details of the Forest Plan are available from the selling agents.
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