Helmsdale estate offers a range of attractions

Farming, fishing, deer stalking and privacy in spectacular scenery are on offer at the 16,600-acre Suisgill estate in Helmsdale in the north of Scotland.

The estate comes to the market for the first time in 40 years, with a guide price of more than £7m.

Its properties include a lodge, a farmhouse, four cottages and a bothy, while the main farming interest is an in-hand sheep unit.

There is also commercial forestry on the estate, which is in the Strath of Kildonan about 11 miles inland from Helmsdale.

Suisgill has a one-sixth share of the salmon fishing on the River Helmsdale.

A river lodge sleeps up to 14 and is let to fishing tenants while one of the four cottages is let as holiday accommodation with an occupancy rate of about 90%.

For the hefted flock of 810 North Country Cheviot ewes there is a good steel portal frame lambing shed, which can house up to about 300 ewes at a time, covered sheep handling facilities, sheep pens and hay storage.

The 1,110 acres of woodland has two commercial conifer plantations as well as native woodland.

Suisgill is about an hour and a half’s drive from Inverness Airport. (Savills 0131 247 3702)

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