Arable farm launches dominate Scottish land market

Scotland’s land market sees several significant launches this week. 

A large arable farm in Berwickshire, near Coldingham, will tick a lot of boxes for many buyers, according to Luke French from Savills.

Combinable crops are grown across Press Mains’ 1,135 acres of predominantly Grade 3 soils, which rise from 105m to 202m. The farm’s winter wheat typically yields 4t/acre and winter barley 3.75t/acre.

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Modern grain buildings offer 4,500t of storage, while other buildings include four high-quality holiday cottages and a period farmhouse. A biomass boiler supplies a district heating system, while a 200kW wind turbine, which earns about £130,000/year, is available by separate negotiation. Press Mains is on the market at offers in excess of £7m. (Savills 0131 247 3723)

Three productive blocks of arable land are bringing more than 300 acres to the Stirlingshire and Fife market. The largest is 150 acres at Dales and Sunnybank, north of Inverkeithing.

The Grade 2 and 3 land has produced good oilseed rape and potato yields, but is now in cereals. It is for sale at offers in excess of £1.09m as a whole, or in six lots.

Near Stirling, 60 acres of land at Mid-Lecropt is for sale at offers over £240,000. The level Grade 3 soils are down to temporary grass, but have been part of a cereals rotation.

A larger parcel at nearby Foot O’Green has about 94 acres at offers over £400,000 as a whole, or in three lots. (CKD Galbraith 01786 434600)

The Scottish market also offers a West Lothian stock farm with 137 acres of grazing and silage ground at offers exceeding £730,000.

Loanhead Farm at West Calder has buildings and cattle-handling facilities to support a beef and sheep business, but has diversified to act as a haulage centre for articulated lorries. Wood from the farm’s beech trees is also sold as part of a profitable wood fuel business. (CKD Galbraith 01786 434600)

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