The 33,000-acre estate of former NFU Scotland president John Cameron has been sold or put under offer, but not in a multitude of lots as some had feared.

Mr Cameron sold the estate lock, stock and barrel to Edinmore Properties earlier this year.

The property firm had previously handled the break-up of the 16,500-acre Gannochy Estate, Angus, to a large number of buyers prompting speculation that the same was about to happen again.

However, Robert McCulloch, of Strutt & Parker, which handled the sale of the estate on behalf of Edinmore, said it had been sold to just four buyers.

He said a Sussex-based buyer had fought off strong Northern Irish interest to buy Mr Cameron’s 1100-acre Fife holding, which was run as a commercial livestock unit but could also grow arable crops, for considerably over its £2.5m guide price.

Mr McCulloch would not confirm the buyer’s identity, but he is believed to be a member of the Anstruther family, which has estates in Fife and Sussex.

Mr Cameron’s Invermearan and Glenlochay estates in Perthshire are also under offer to three buyers set to pay substantially over the £5.55m asking price for the 32,000 acres of upland sheep ground, said Mr McCulloch.

Much of the interest had been in the land’s deer-stalking potential, with enquiries from as far afield as India and Russia, he said.

andrew.shirley@rbi.co.uk