A WELL-ESTABLISHED commercial and amenity woodland, located in a scenic position near Glasgow, is on the market for offers over £900,000.

Craig O’Neilston comprises areas of extensive forestry plantations, alongside productive grazing land and two large lochs located in East Renfrewshire, ten miles from Glasgow city centre.

Duncan Barrie of selling agents Galbraith said: “Craig O’Neilston presents a rare opportunity to acquire a commercial forestry investment, with additional planting potential (subject to Scottish Forestry approval) located in a desirable area of central Scotland and within close proximity to the City of Glasgow.

“The landholding has a notable amenity value and significant potential to produce future income from established timber plantations but also ability to expand the existing sporting and other environmental interests. Interest is expected from a wide range of buyers including commercial forestry investors and other private individuals as well as those with an interest in natural capital.”

The property extends to approximately 175.25 Ha (433.05 acres) in total, of which about 126.17 hectares (311.77 acres) is commercial and amenity woodland, interspersed with areas of open ground.

The woodland comprises Sitka Spruce and native broadleaves including Oak, Birch, Rowan and Alder, as well as smaller areas of Norway Spruce and Scots Pine. The Sitka Spruce in particular will provide a substantial reserve of timber in the future.

The majority of the woodland areas were originally planted in 1995 as part of the East Renfrewshire Community Woodland scheme which has now expired, and there are two lochs known as Craighall Dam and Snypes Dam, which add an attractive water feature and diversity to the commercial forestry areas. The fishing potential of the lochs could be developed if desired, and in light of the topography of the ground there may be the opportunity to create a renewable energy project in the longer term, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consent and associated grid connections.

The majority of the open ground and pasture has been classified as Grade 4.1 and 4.2 with a large area of Grade 5.1 by The James Hutton Institute. The site is of a varying aspect rising from 160m along the northern boundary to 281m above sea level at its highest point at the Neilston Pad, which is a volcanic plug located within the centre of the property.