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Introduction to Garabal Estate
Garabal extends to approximately 1,767.4 hectares (4,367.3 acres) and offers the sporting enthusiast an opportunity to develop and capitalise on the inherent potential of the Estate as well as
enjoying the benefits of a maturing productive forest.
The Estate offers an attractive mixture of mainly afforested lower slopes running the length of its southern and eastern boundaries and open hill deer forest which dominates the northern two thirds of the Estate. There are also two elevated lochs, Lochan Srath Dubh-uisge and Lochan Beinn Damhain which offer truly wild trout and char fishing opportunities.
Altitude ranges from just over 20 metres above sea level at the eastern periphery of the Estate to 684 metres above sea level at the top of Beinn Damhain. Topography, as could be expected
in this wonderful Highland location, is moderately to steeply sloping through the afforested areas and across the open hill, providing a diverse and sometimes challenging hill and woodland stalking.
A range of wild feathered game is also present, including woodcock and a few grouse, which have primarily been shot on walked up days during the current owner's tenure. There is potential to
improve the wild game habitat through some strategic planting, thinning and clear felling alongside a new integrated forestry and sporting management policy.
Tree cover at Garabal was predominately planted in 1983 and is managed in accordance with a management plan which has been agreed with Forestry Commission Scotland. Harvesting of
sections of the commercially productive crops could provide a realisable income stream in the near future as the trees reach financial maturity.
History of Garabal
In the 12-14th Centuries, much of the land around Loch Lomond belonged to the Lennox family. The Earls of Lennox granted lands to other favoured families, which included the MacFarlanes, Colquhouns, Buchanans, Grahams and MacGregors. It is therefore likely that the MacFarlanes, a clan descended from Alwyn, Earl of Lennox whose youngest son received lands near Arrochar at the head of Loch Long, held the land at Garabal. The
MacFarlanes would likely also have owned much of
this area north of Arrochar until the mid-18th century.
Historical accounts suggest that the clan, like many of their contemporaries, regularly undertook night raids on their neighbour’s cattle, so much so that locally the moon was referred to as "MacFarlanes lantern”.
Garabal Hill is located immediately to the west of
Inverarnan, which has one of Scotland’s oldest licenced premises – the “Drovers Inn” – which is reported to have opened its doors in 1705. In the bygone era from which the pub derives its name, drovers would drive cattle down the side of Loch Lomond to the markets in the south. The most
famous being Rob Roy MacGregor who lived from 1671- 1734 and whose life has been immortalised in text and film.
Garabal Hill provides spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, including the internationally acclaimed Loch Lomond, recognised not only for its beauty, but also for its outdoor pursuits and water sports. Maol an t-Sratha,
which lies at the western periphery of the Estate, offers panoramic views of Loch Sloy to the southeast with Ben Vorlich beyond and Beinn Ime and Dubha to the south, Maol Meadhonach to the north and the rest of Garabal Estate as it spreads out beneath to the east.
Location, Travel and Directions
Garabal Estate lies on the eastern periphery of Argyll county. It is approximately 52 miles from Glasgow to the south, 95 miles from Edinburgh to the south east and 80 miles from Perth to the east.
Travelling on the A82 (from the north or south) turn west onto the A83 at Tarbet and follow this road for approximately 8 miles passing Arrochar and Ardgarten before climbing steadily to the Rest and Be Thankful Commemorative Stone. From here, continue on the A83 for approximately 1.25 miles and the access to Garabal is on your right after you have entered a long left hand bend and crossed a small bridge over the Kinglas water. If using satellite navigation, the National Grid Reference nn 2353 0960 should take you to the appropriate location.
If approaching from the west via the A83, after looping round the head of Loch Fyne, continue past Cairndow and beyond the A815 for Dunoon, following the signs for Arrochar until reaching a large parking area to the south at Butterbridge. The main access road to Garabal is located on the left immediately before you enter the right hand
bend. As mentioned above, if using satellite navigation, the National Grid Reference nn 2353 0960 should take you to the appropriate location.
An alternative light vehicle access is available on the eastern periphery of the Estate and taken directly from the A82, approximately 9 miles north of Tarbet and 1 mile north of Ardlui, if travelling from the south (on your left) and 7.5 miles south west of Crianlarach if travelling from the north
(on your right).
Garabal is also conveniently in close proximity to the West Highland Line railway with Ardlui station just 1.5 miles south of the above-mentioned eastern access point and from where regular train services to Glasgow or to the north can be boarded.
Ardlui pier and marina are adjacent to the station and provide easy access to Loch Lomond for sailors and water sports enthusiasts.
Garabal is reached by way of a private forestry quality track, over which the Estate has a servitude right of access. This runs through Glen Kinglas for approximately 2.8 miles from the A83 shown coloured green between points A, B and C on the sale plan and leads directly onto the Estate.
Internally, the Estate track network extends to
approximately 5 miles of good-quality forest road
servicing the majority of the commercial conifer
plantation, shown coloured green, together with another 2.5 miles of track shown coloured purple, which is primarily suitable for 4x4 vehicles and gives direct access for light vehicles from the A82 at Inverarnan shown as point D.
The quality of the vehicular access for harvesting, coupled with ease of access to the public road will assist in the efficient transfer of harvested timber to established regional and national timber markets, as well as benefitting the deer management, fishing, residential and general
amenity aspects of the Estate.
Substantial sections of the lower lying land at Garabal Estate are well-suited to growing commercial timber. Maturing Sitka spruce is the dominant tree species present, ranging in growth rates and timber quality. Although the age and species composition are relatively uniform at present, options for a new owner to mould the forest management to meet their own objectives may present themselves when the Forest Plan comes to be updated and renewed in 2020.
A compartment schedule and copy of the current forest plan are available on request from the Selling Agents. The afforested area totals approximately 557.05 hectares (32% of the overall land area),
of which 92% is Sitka spruce, 5% Sitka spruce mixed with larch, 2% Sitka spruce mixed with broadleaves and 1% which currently awaits
Please note that there may be differences between the compartment schedule area and that recorded on the Title Plan.
The property will be sold as per title.
Title Deeds and additional information relating to the forestry, sport and planning permission are available for inspection via the digital dataroom to which access will be granted on request.
The Estate is registered under the Integrated Administration and Control System (iacs) and has been managed under a Forestry Commission Scotland approved plan since 2010, due to be revised in February 2020 (Forest Plan ref. 3800029).
There are existing obligations to replant 7.90 hectares of woodland in 2020-2021. The purchaser will be required to take over all commitments, including replanting and sign a form of undertaking (fgs successor request form).
Sporting rights are included in the sale and are currently in hand.
Trout fishing is included on the River Falloch, while both trout and char are understood to be present in the two hill lochs.
The Estate offers a mix of sometimes challenging woodland and hill stalking for red deer, although roe and the occasional sika are also present. Some red grouse are reported on the open hill and
woodcock inhabit the woodland areas. Limited amounts of low key walked-up grouse shooting have been carried out over recent years,
but bags of up to 25 brace per day are understood to have been reached at times between 1970 and 1990.
The late 1980’s saw an average annual red deer cull of 38 stags and 21 hinds, while in the late 1990’s annual culls of roe deer averaged 10 bucks and 10 does. Scottish Natural Heritage have
advocated an increased red deer cull, therefore it is considered there is potential to increase the annual cull level above those achieved in recent years, during which the current owner has carried out stalking on a relatively low-key basis without any commercial targets.
The assessors have assigned a rateable value to the sport of £3,450.