AN extensive commercial forest investment opportunity at the head of Loch Fyne has come to the market in two lots or as a whole for offers over £8 million.

Dunderave Forest offers a diverse range of timber crops spread across 1238 hectares with significant potential for timber revenue.

In a glorious setting near the historic Argyll town of Inveraray in an area renowned for its beauty and offering excellent growing conditions, the forest, which dates back to 1850, is now for sale through John Clegg and Co.

The majority of the main commercial forest – which benefits from good access and infrastructure – was established with predominantly high-yielding Sitka spruce between 1971 and 1994 on the slopes overlooking Loch Fyne. A significant part of this forest is ready for felling now. The sale also offers stunning amenity value with Oak and other native trees as well as mixed broadleaved species planted on the lower ground of the promontory.

Dunderave Forest forms part of a large productive timber catchment area in West Argyll with timber largely dispatched to processors in Ireland, south-west Scotland and north-west England.

Selling agent Fenning Welstead, in John Clegg and Co’s Edinburgh office, said: “Dunderave is an exceptional forest in a stunning location.

“This is an opportunity to buy a large commercial forest which is ready for production with a rolling programme of harvesting that will take place over the next 20 to 25 years.

“There is a Long Term Forest Plan in place, although the new owners are able to review elements of the plan in partnership with the Forestry Commission.

“This forest investment will not only provide a good return from tax free income from timber sales, but also capital appreciation. It is an unusual offering – forests of this size do not come to the market very often – and I expect it to attract significant interest.”