Highland Show brings out top Scottish farms

THE HIGHLAND Show has seen a flood of farmland arrive on the market, according to Anna Thomas of Savills’ Edinburgh office.

Highlights of the firm’s new launches include the 1376-acre Crofthead Estate at Moffat, Dumfriesshire, which is being sold jointly with Allied G M Thomson. The estate is being offered in four lots with an asking price of over £1.25m and Miss Thomas said it was a stock farmer’s farm. The main house has five bedrooms and there is also a three-bedroom cottage.

In Aberdeenshire, Brechin-based Ruaraidh Ogilvie is selling 894-acre Fetterletter at Fyvie, which he said could either appeal to commercial arable farmers or lifestyle buyers. With a seven-bedroom farmhouse and seven cottages, Mr Ogilvie has set the guide at offers over £2.3m and has lotted it 10 ways.

For dairy farmers, H&H Bowe’s Maddiston office is selling Drumore Farm at Campbeltown, Argyll. The 360-acre holding is “one of the best equipped units I have seen”, according to selling agent Alistair MacMillan. It comes with a new 24:24 parlour and can handle 300 cows.
Including an eight-bedroom farmhouse, Mr Macmillan said the farm should fetch substantially over £1m and would probably sell to a milk producer. “It is already causing a fair bit of interest.”

At Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway, Smiths Gore is selling Barncrosh, a 282-acre farm that includes nine holiday lets and six cottages. Kay McClelland of the firm’s Dumfries office is looking for offers over £2m. “The whole farm has the opportunity to provide accommodation for as many as 80 guests.”