6 December 1996

Sporting is snapped up in Scotland

AN estate in Scotland is likely to sell prior to coming on to the market as demand for sporting properties continues to improve.

On the west coast, the 18,000-acre unit includes grazing for 2000 sheep, sporting and a holiday cottage enterprise.

"Weve already had five viewers," says Knight Franks Colin Strang Steel.

"It is an ideal property because it wont cost a fortune to run as there is an income generated from the lettings business."

He recently sold Kintradwell (7500 acres), near Brora, Sutherland, for around the £1.5m asking price to a southern buyer after interest from New Zealand, Belgium and Germany.

And moving back from the south a Scottish buyer purchased Colzium, near Edinburgh, for around £500,000 including 1800 acres with a mixed farm and a grouse moor.

Michael Jones of Bell Ingram says high quality red deer stalking in the right location is popular among European buyers who will pay at least £18,000 a stag for a 100-stag forest.

And Dulnacardoch, Perthshire, an 18,000-acre estate, went to a European buyer for over the in excess of £2.5m asking price.

International appeal

"This type of property appeals to the international market and often the British interest is outbid at this level," said Charles Dudgeon of selling agent Savills.

Also attracting world-wide interest as a sporting, farming or mixed unit, the 8000-acre Castles Estate, near Oban, Argyllshire, sold for in excess of agents Strutt & Parker £525,000 guide.

With at least 60 viewers, the vendors accepted an offer prior to the closing date.


Current prices for good quality sporting

Stags£18000

Salmon£8000

Grouse

driven£2000-2500/brace

walked up£1500-1700/brace

Source: Bell Ingram.