CLOSING DATE 13TH JULY AT NOON
Shandwick Mains, Wester Rarichie and Castlecraig Farms form one of the finest portfolio of farms in Scotland due to their proximity, the extent and quality of productive farmland, the favourable climate, and the diversity of agricultural enterprises presently in operation. The portfolio includes a variety of residential properties and a range of farm buildings.
The farms extend to about 2,397 acres in total and boast a remarkable diversity of landscape, including prime, grade 2 arable land, grazings suitable for out-wintering cattle, strategically planted woodland, and cliffs and coastline.
They each occupy a coastal position with excellent views. The area benefits from one of the lowest average annual rainfalls in the UK (about 27 inches).
Historical Note The vendors’ Father took on the tenancy of Shandwick Mains Farm in 1950, while the tenancy of Wester Rarichie Farm was taken on in 1973 from the same landlord. Both farms were subsequently purchased. Castlecraig Farm was purchased by the family in 1986 from a different owner.
Shandwick Mains, Wester Rarichie and Castlecraig Farms extend in total to 2,397 acres and include an arable farm of 370 acres, a mixed arable and livestock farm of 1,094 acres and a further mixed arable and livestock farm, including a pig rearing unit, of 933 acres.
A key feature of the portfolio is the quality of the arable land, which is mostly graded class 2 by the James Hutton Institute.
The portfolio includes seven residential properties, with a traditional farmhouse situated at each farm, and four cottages. There is also a useful range of farm buildings at each of the three farms.
A quarry situated at Castlecraig Farm provides an additional revenue stream.
There are sporting opportunities on each of the farms including rough shooting, duck flighting and roe deer stalking, while Shandwick Mains offers wildfowling. There is trout fishing at Castlecraig.
The farms benefit from a great deal of amenity with a combined total of 6 kilometres of coastline and spectacular views.
The farms receive substantial income from government subsidies and are part of the Scottish Quality Crops (SQC) Assurance Scheme.
Farming System Intensive arable and livestock rearing units are run in-hand at the farms under two separate farming businesses (with Shandwick Mains and Wester Rarichie Farms trading as one, and Castlecraig Farm trading as the other).
The two enterprises combined include 300 suckler cows plus followers, 1,400 breeding ewes, 300 breeding sows and arable cropping.
One field at either Shandwick Mains or Wester Rarichie Farms is let annually to a potato grower.
The farming businesses are members of Highland Grain Limited which is a farmer owned co-operative which dries, stores, and markets mainly malting barley.
A recent cropping history of the arable fields on the three farms is available from the selling agents.
Method of Sale Shandwick Mains, Wester Rarichie and Castlecraig Farms are being offered for sale as a whole or in Lots. The vendors will consider offers for individual Lots, a combination of Lots, and the whole.
This property has 2397 acres of land.
Shandwick Mains, Wester Rarichie and Castlecraig Farms are situated in the attractive countryside of Easter Ross in what is known locally as the Fearn Peninsula.
Easter Ross is renowned as one of the best farming areas in Scotland. It has a reputation for productive, high quality farmland at low altitude and has a well-developed agricultural infrastructure including a number of grain, potato and agricultural machinery merchants. There is a busy livestock market at Dingwall.
The nearest town to the farms, and Scotland’s oldest Burgh, is Tain. It provides an extensive range of services including supermarkets, shops, banks, cafes, restaurants, hotels and leisure facilities.
The nearby A9 provides excellent links to the city of Inverness which provides a range of administrative, retail, recreational, educational and cultural facilities.
The farms are well served for communications links. Inverness has an airport which offers regular flights to London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Belfast and a range of European destinations.
There is a nearby railway station at Fearn which has regular services to Inverness. A sleeper service operates from Inverness railway station to London. There are a number of primary schools in the local area, while Tain Royal Academy provides secondary education. Private education is available at Gordonstoun, Elgin.
The surrounding area has plenty of sporting opportunities, which include, for the golfer, famous championship courses at Royal Dornoch and Castle Stuart, the host of the 2013 Scottish Open golf championship.
For the fly fisherman, as well as fishing on the nearby Balnagown River, the Rivers Beauly, Oykel, Conon, Alness, Carron and Shin provide exciting salmon fishing, whilst the nearby Loch Eye has some of the country’s best wild brown trout fishing.
Pheasant shooting and driven grouse shooting can be rented on estates in the surrounding area.
The beautiful beaches of Shandwick Bay are nearby, while the picturesque coastal village of Portmahomack offers boat trips for sea angling and dolphin watching. There is a summer ferry service across the Cromarty Firth from Nigg to Cromarty.
- 7 Farmhouses and Cottages | Grain store
- Livestock accommodation including pig unit
- 858 acres arable (mostly grade 2), 1,094 acres permanent pasture, 28 acres rough grazing, 108 acres woods, 308 acres scrub/cliff/miscellaneous
- Sandstone quarry
- Sporting opportunities
- 6km of coastline | Favourable climate
- Entitlements to the Basic Payment Scheme
- Available as a whole or in 13 lots
- About 2,397 acres | Lot prices from offers over £75,000 to £1,500,000