CLOSING DATE SET FOR 12.00NOON ON TUESDAY 28 AUGUST 2018.
A rare opportunity to acquire a highly attractive and productive commercial forest with charming cottage in a spectacular setting south of Inverness. Sporting rights included. Freehold for sale as a whole.
459.0 ha (1,134 acres)
Offers over £1,250,000.
Leiterchullin is situated between Loch Ness and Strathnairn and enjoys commanding views over Loch Duntelchaig, Loch A Choire and north to Ben Wyvis and beyond. The forest is conveniently located, being within a 20 minute drive from Inverness yet boasting a spectacular and secluded setting.
The Property is shown on the Location Plan and Sale Plan within these particulars and can be found on OS sheet 1: 50,000 number 26, grid reference NH 630 310.
From Inverness, travel south on the A9 for 7 miles, turning west onto the B851 through Farr towards East Croachy. Just before East Croachy, take a right turn, signposted to the RSPB Loch Ruthven Nature Reserve. After approximately 1.5 miles there is a forest access road on the right-hand side, which leads to the forest, as shown at point A on the Sale Plan. There is a servitude right of access for all purposes over route A - B, leading to the entrance to the property.
The forest is conveniently located for the well-established timber markets on the Moray Firth. The A = the minor public road serving Leiterchullin is classed as a consultation route for timber traffic and is a proven route for haulage, with considerable volumes of timber having been transported in recent years.
Leiterchullin benefits from a well established forest road which traverses the estate (coloured pink on the Sale Plan). This forest road serves the entire forest and no further road construction is necessary, although some road maintenance will be required.
There is also a right of vehicular access to Leiterchullin cottage from the entrance at the fish ladder at the head of Loch Duntelchaig.
The commercial forest was originally established between 1971 and 1985 with a significant percentage of high yielding Sitka spruce. Other species include Douglas fir, Lodgepole pine, Scots pine and Japanese larch. There are attractive areas of native woodland above the shores of Loch Duntelchaig. A matrix of open ground within the forest links to more extensive open hill ground which affords spectacular panoramic views.
A Long-Term Forest Plan has been approved by The Forestry Commission which permits phased felling of mature crops over a ten-year period. The Forest Plan allows for the immediate felling of up to 45 hectares of predominantly Sitka spruce.
Harvesting of approximately 29ha has been carried out under the present Forest Plan and this land has been fully restocked. The forest is currently FSC certified under the UPM Tilhill Resource Managers Scheme, which improves the options available for marketing timber.
B = and compartment schedule.
Leiterchullin Cottage is a traditional dwelling of stone and slate construction comprising a kitchen, living room and bathroom on the ground floor, with two bedrooms and additional bathroom on the upper floor. With approximately 6 acres of land laid to grass in front of the house, it is fortunate in having panoramic views across Loch Duntelchaig. The cottage has its own water supply, recently upgraded to comply with current standards. Electricity is supplied by diesel generators housed in the outbuildings. A generous garden with outbuildings comprising a garage and woodstore is an additional feature. The cottage has solid fuel central heating run by a multi-fuel stove. Drainage is to a septic tank.
Leiterchullin Cottage provides a stunning location to create a larger family home, subject to the necessary consents.
Sporting rights are included and are currently let on an annual basis, mainly for deer control purposes.
Cull records are available on request.
Red, Sika and Roe deer are present within the forest and on the hill ground, providing excellent deer management opportunities both within the forest and on the open hill. The small hill loch, Dubh-lochan, provides some relaxed, and challenging, brown trout fishing.
The boundary to the northeast is stock fenced where it adjoins agricultural land. The western boundary is also partially stock fenced. To the south, where adjoining neighbouring forest property, the boundary has been deer fenced. Maintenance is shared with neighbouring proprietors to prevent livestock ingress.
Mineral rights are included except as reserved by Statute or in terms of the Title.
Wayleaves and third-party rights
The property will be sold with the benefit of, and subject to, all existing rights and burdens with titles.
There are no grant schemes in place. For further information on current grants available please visit the FCS and Scottish Government websites:
Forestry Commission Scotland
The Highland Council
Dingwall IV15 9XB
Tel: 0300 067 6950
Highland Conservancy Headquarters
Inverness IV3 5NX
Tel: 01349 886606
Viewing is possible at any time during daylight hours so long as potential purchasers are in possession of a set of these sale particulars. Please contact the Selling Agents in advance of your visit to arrange a viewing and to obtain the access gate padlock combination codes as the gates are currently locked. For your own personal safety please be aware of potential hazards within the forest when viewing.
Prospective purchasers should formally note their interest to the Selling Agents in order that they may be notified of any closing date.
Offers in Scottish legal form should be submitted to the selling agents at their Inverness office.
Elm House, Cradlehall Business Park
Inverness, IV2 5GH
Tel: 01463 796050
40 North Castle Street
Edinburgh, EH2 3BN
Tel: 0131 625 6625