Lots 1, 2 & 3 (As a whole):
A rare opportunity to acquire a small Scottish Highland Estate, with the most stunning panoramic view of Loch Ness and the Monadhliath Mountains.
Small Highland Estate
Panoramic views of Loch Ness
Principal house - 3 bedrooms, 2 reception, 2 bathroom
2 Self contained cottages
4 Car garage
Attractive mix of both commercial and native woodland
In all 958.77 acres
Available as a whole or in 3 lots
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. This now provides a truly magnificent setting for this lovely, manageable mixed estate with a principal house, two traditional self-contained holiday cottages, farm land, sporting rights and some highly attractive native woodland and moorland. There is also some productive commercial woodland which will provide income from timber sales.
There is significant potential for the estate to scale up the holiday letting business and sporting activity, with the possibility for development of more tourist accommodation and facilities or for an owner to simply enjoy this stunning part of the Highlands.
Easter Bunloit - Band B
The Garage Flat - Band C
Wester Bunloit - Band E
Farming & Woodland
There is a useful mix of rough grazing, moorland and pasture within Lot 1 which is ideal for grazing and sheltering livestock and horses. Traditionally this has been let to a local farmer on an annual grazing agreement, in return for a payment of £2,750 per annum, which runs until the 28th February 2020.
There is also a lovely mix of very pretty ancient Oak and native woodland and some commercial conifer woodland situated within Lot 1 that stretches down to the shore of Loch Ness. The commercial conifer within Lot 1 extends to 25.88 hectares/63.94 acres planted in 1964 and 1974 which is now mature.
There are no agricultural subsidy payments or entitlements. Further information is available from the Selling Agents.
Renewable Energy System
The owners have reduced the carbon footprint of the property by installing a renewable energy system utilising Photo-voltaic panels with 14 Kilowatt capacity and a 5 Kilowatt wind turbine located in the grounds near the house. These are connected to separate inverters and eligible for Feed in Tariffs (FIT). Any excess generation is used to heat internal water tanks, whilst also benefitting from the variable FIT payments for energy generated.
Easter & Wester Bunloit Cottages also have two 5 kilowatt wind turbines situated adjacent to the them. These provide power through separate inverters and are also receive FITS for the energy generated. In Wester Bunloit any excess energy is used to heat water.
The wind turbines are serviced annually, whilst the Photo-Voltaic panels require little maintenance, other than occasional cleaning.
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.