Bunloit Estate sits in a highly prominent position overlooking one of the most iconic features of Scotland – Loch Ness, situated in the centre of the Scottish Highlands. Carved out over Millennia, this uniquely dramatic landscape is one of the most famous locations in Europe. Not to mention the famous "Loch Ness Monster sightings" it is one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the British Isles.
Just to the north of the estate sit the historically interesting ruins of Urquhart castle, dating back to the time of the Picts and St Columba. In the more recent past, Bunloit was once part of Balmacaan Estate, which extended to the west coast, being one of the largest mixed sporting estates in the Highlands.
In 1946 Bunloit Farm was separated from Balmacaan Estate and Bunloit Estate was formed round it.
Lot 2 – CREAG BALLACH & UPPER LENIE WOODLAND
(159.78 Ha / 394.81 Acres)
There is an attractive mix of commercial conifer and a significant area of ancient semi natural native woodland scattered through Lot 2, which provides the potential for timber sales revenue and an abundant supply of fuel wood. The commercial conifer plantation amounts to 25.32 hectares/62.56 acres was planted in 1989 and is managed under a Long Term Forest Plan (LTFP), along with the mixed woodland. Thinning could be considered within the woodland and felling longer term.
A section of Lot 2 is registered Common Grazing land, extending to about 47.36 hectares/117.02 acres, situated at the northern end of the estate and known as Strone Grazings. The estate is entitled to a one seventh share of the grazing. Two areas have been apportioned by the Crofters Commission between the Estate and adjoining neighbours. These apportioned areas have been fenced off, but the estate retains the sporting rights. Shown on the sale plan and extending to a total area of 32.18 hectares/ 79.51 acres.
The sporting rights are included with each lot and enjoyed by the owners in hand. The mix of different land uses and habitats on the estate encourages a great range of game and wildlife species. Red, Roe and Sika deer are all present on the estate and wild Boar (feral) are now becoming more abundant, having escaped from nearby farms, and enjoying the highly favourable habitat, along with red squirrels, badger, pine marten and numerous species of birds.
Two of the lochans on the estate (Lot 1) have been stocked with brown trout and riparian rights for fishing on Loch Ness are also included with Lot 1.
There is scope to create a game shoot and wild fowling on the estate, given the undulating land scape and presence of ponds or simply to enhance the habitat for the benefit of the wildlife for nature conservation.
Situated just to the south of Drumnadrochit, the estate benefits from vehicular access to all of the local amenities nearby and is within easy commuting distance of the city of Inverness. The Drumnadrochit area is famous for its association with Loch Ness and is an excellent point from which to explore the Highlands, with its unspoilt hillsides providing a haven for plants, wildlife and excellent rural sporting opportunities. The village of Drumnadrochit has good local shops catering for daily needs and highly acclaimed primary and secondary schools as well as a new medical centre.
Transport links are improving to the Highlands with the ongoing duelling of the A9 trunk road, new Inverness city bypass and expansion of the airport, now providing regular flights to London and the continent.
The estate is also within easy reach of several world class Golf courses, excellent beaches, skiing, mountain biking, sailing and surrounded by the most stunning scenery and wildlife habitat to be found in the UK
The property is shown on the location and sale plans and can be found on OS Sheet 1:50,000 Number 26. The entrance to the estate is located at Grid Reference NH 503260.
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