Spectacular West Coast Wilderness
The Highland village of Cannich sits at the junction of three of Scotland’s best known glens: Glen Cannich, Glen Affric and Glenurquhart, and at the confluence of River Cannich and River Affric which converge to form the River Glass. The village provides local amenities such as a well-stocked store and Post Office, and a local pub. The larger village of Beauly (25 miles) has a wider range of shops and services including two small supermarkets, a filling station, two medical practices, a bank and a range of bars, hotels and restaurants.
Considered to be one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, Inverness (35 miles) provides good shopping and supermarkets along with excellent cultural and entertainment facilities. Inverness is well connected by road, and has good rail links to the rest of the UK including the Caledonian Sleeper service which runs between London Euston and Inverness. Inverness airport (47 miles) provides regular flights to London and other UK and European destinations.
Above all else, it is the dramatic mountains, rugged moorland, rivers and lochs for which the North West Highlands are so famous, that makes this place special. East Benula South is in the heart of this spectacular and unspoilt landscape, making it a remarkable place to simply escape. In addition to the sport on offer on the estate, the local area provides wonderful opportunities for sport and leisure, including golf, sailing, hill walking, climbing and cycling. For the field sports enthusiast, opportunities for some of Scotland’s most challenging deer stalking abound, and salmon and trout fishing is available on a number of renowned spate rivers and lochs.
East Benula South lies in splendid isolation, at the heart of some of the most wild and rugged landscape in the whole of Scotland. Only accessible by means of a 4 mile boat ride, the deer forest rises steeply from the southern shore of Loch Mullardoch to the mountain tops which form the watershed with Glen Affric to the south.
Set apart from the deer forest, South Benula Cottage is situated 9 miles from the village of Cannich and is accessed by a single track public road which winds its way up through the beautiful and unspoilt scenery of Glen Cannich. Located below the Loch Mullardoch dam and overlooking Loch Sealbhanach, the cottage provides basic but comfortable accommodation for up to 8 people and forms an ideal base from which to take a boat up the loch for a day on the hill, to fish, or to explore the local area. Outline planning consent has recently been granted to replace the cottage with a modern 4 or 5 bedroom house.
East Benula South is offered for sale as a whole or in two lots:
Lot 1 East Benula South Deer Forest
Lot 2 South Benula Cottage
Lot 1 – East Benula South Deer Forest
The deer forest is only approachable by boat, with the best landing point being at Waterfall Bay in the Mullardoch narrows. Situated over looking the bay is a simple structure which occupies an idyllic spot with a stand of ancient Caledonian pine and a spectacular waterfall forming the back-drop. Constructed of three inter-connecting Portacabins, the bothy provides shelter and very basic accommodation in which to overnight. Subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents, it should be possible to replace the Portacabins with a simple timber bothy if required.
Extending to around 3,438 acres, the ground at East Benula South is made up of steep slopes, deep corries and craggy peaks, which rise from the loch side to the high tops of Tom a’ Choinnich, An Leth-chreag, Carn Eighe and Beinn Fhionnlaidh all well over 3,400ft above sea level. These hills form a crescent shaped ridge around the southern and western fringes of the estate, on the sides of which deer will often shelter and graze. The remote nature of the land, broken terrain and swirling currents of air make for exhilarating and challenging stalking, which will test the fitness and field craft of even the most experienced stalker. Any deer successfully dispatched and returned to the larder at Mullardoch can be considered a sporting triumph. East Benula South is a member of Affric and Kintail Deer Management Group. Current cull targets set by the group are 15 stags and 25 hinds.
Lot 2 – South Benula Cottage
Situated between Loch Mullardoch and the smaller Loch Sealbhanach, South Benula Cottage is situated in a beautiful location with fine views down Glen Cannich. Of “Doran” construction with a steel profile sheeting clad extension, the bungalow offers functional but warm and comfortable accommodation for up to 8 people. With four bedrooms (including a bunk room), two bathrooms, kitchen, sitting room and conservatory over looking the loch, the cottage provides a, simple and easily managed base to return to after a long day on the hill.
Adjacent to the cottage is a large, fairly recently constructed wooden shed which provides a spacious workshop, boat and argo storage, and a log store.
Outline planning permission has recently been granted to build a fully modernised four or five bedroom dwelling on the site of the existing cottage, giving a purchaser to create an attractive and comfortable house to make the best of this fantastic setting.
Acreage: 3439 Acres
From Inverness, head west along the north side of Loch Ness on the A82 to Drumnadrochit. Immediately after the Loch Ness Centre, bear right onto the A831 and follow this through Glen Urquhart to Cannich. At the T-junction in Cannich turn left then immediately right onto the unclassified public road sign posted Glen Cannich and Mullardoch. Follow this road for about 9 miles and South Benula Cottage is located on the left hand side below the Mullardoch dam.