For sale Brawlbin Forest, Near Thurso, Caithness, KW14 7YH

Freehold
£755,000
Extensive commercial woodland
with potential for immediate
timber income.

Freehold for sale as a whole

Thurso 8 miles, Inverness 108 miles
(all distances approximate)
439.48 hectares (1,085.96 acres)
(area according to title)

Introduction

Brawlbin Forest is a substantial and
productive commercial forest located
on the west side of Loch Calder near
Thurso, with stunning easterly views
over the Loch. Situated at low elevation
in an attractive Caithness landscape,
the property will appeal to investors
interested in the benefits of commercial
forestry, while taking enjoyment from
the continued development of a forest
of significant scale. The forest will also
interest those with a particular interest
in deer stalking and wildlife.

Location and Directions

Brawlbin Forest is located about 8 miles
southwest of Thurso and 7 miles west
of the A9 leading towards Inverness.
From Inverness take the A9 north for
101 miles to Banniskirk turning left at
the signpost to Halkirk. Continue for
approximately 2 miles, passing through
Halkirk and then turning left, signposted
to Calder. Continue on this road for
approximately 3.5 miles turning right
at the signpost to Broubster/Shebster.
Follow this road for 1.5 miles (passing
Brawlbin Mains) and the entrance to the
property is on the right.

The grid reference of the approximate
centre of the property is ND056601,
which can be found on OS Landranger
sheet 11.

Access

The forest benefits from access
from both the north and south of the
woodland.

To the south, the main access is directly
from the public road at grid reference
ND051584 where a forest road (at
point A on the Sale Plan) extends
approximately 300m into the property.

There is also a minor access using a
servitude right of access from the public
road to the west of Brawlbin Mains
(marked brown on the Sale Plan).

From the north, access is taken over a
shared track with Forsie Farm (shown
brown on the Sale Plan), from the public
road at grid reference ND062636. This
route is currently best suited for use by
four-wheel drive vehicles, as is the short
section of unimproved forest road into
the forest from this point.

Description

Brawlbin rises from an altitude of 70m
adjacent to the shores of Loch Calder
reservoir to a high point of 145m,
providing panoramic views across the
surrounding countryside. The forest
lies to the north of the Brawlbin Road
and offers a mixture of commercial
woodland and amenity ground with
sporting potential. Brawlbin Forest was
planted in two phases, in the early 1970s
and in the 1990s. Older sections of the
forest provide an opportunity for felling
and restructuring in the short term,
while those areas planted in the 1990s
provide a significant area of growing
timber to provide longer term timber
income.

Commercial crops comprise
approximately 245ha of Sitka spruce
planted in mixture with other conifers
between 1990 and 1993. Older crops
are dominated by approximately 91ha
of Lodgepole pine planted in 1971, in
parts affected by windthrow. There is
approximately 85ha of open ground,
and the remaining 16ha or thereby
comprising pure stands of larch and
mixed broadleaves.

BRAWLBIN FOREST
NEAR THURSO,
CAITHNESS

OFFERS OVER £755,000

There is considerable amenity and conservation value at Brawlbin, with Loch Calder to the east being designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its Greylag goose and Whooper swan populations. Open ground around Lorg an Fhamhair and elsewhere throughout the forest offers sporting interest and views across Loch Calder.

For detailed information please contact Bidwells for a stock map and full crop data.

Please note, all signage will be removed and does not form part of the sale.

Management

The woodland presently forms part of a wider Land Management Plan.

Copies of the Land Management Plan extracts are available on request.

There are no current grant schemes in place over the property. Information on the Scottish Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and grant scheme availability can be accessed through the following websites:

www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland and www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Rural/SRDP
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