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Dream of owning a 9,000-acre farm?

Kinrara Estate, which extends to 9,309-acres, and offers “outstanding” opportunities for recreation, conservation, forestry, farming, shooting and fishing, is now on the market. 

Kinrara Estate is situated in an “idyllic and peaceful” setting in Upper Speyside and forms part of the renowned Monadhliath range of hills, the land rising to 824m at its highest point.

The property is for sale with a guide price of £7.5m.

John Bound, a partner with Galbraith, said: “Kinrara offers a rare opportunity to own and play a key role in the ongoing stewardship of this stunning landscape, including some of the UK’s most sensitive and important habitats.”

“The estate offers very considerable afforestation potential, and lucrative carbon capture potential and a feature of the estate is the natural and ancient oak woodlands situated on the north side of the A9.”

“The areas of peatland at Kinrara could also be a significant asset in the quickly developing carbon economy.”

‘Wonderful mixed estate’ 

He said it is a “wonderful”, mixed estate, underpinned by good housing, farming, significant forestry and sporting activities.

“The Kinrara moor is one of the finest driven grouse moors in the Highlands and with its gullies, ridges and undulating terrain, it provides the most challenging and exciting driven grouse shooting.”

With 19 drives, the 10-year average stands at 460 brace.

The estate also offers some “enjoyable” red deer and roe stalking and there is also a particularly challenging, high bird pheasant shoot, the selling agent added.

Salmon fishing is available on the River Dulnain, an important spawning tributary of the renowned River Spey.

Although a spate river and while no formal records have been kept, there are a number of holding pools that can provide sport in the right conditions. Loch Alvie and the hill loch, Lochan Dubh, both offer enjoyable trout fishing.

Land use 

A significant proportion of the low ground at Kinrara, some 254-acres, is woodland, with species such as silver birch, rowan and native Scots Pine. Much of the woodland is noted within the Ancient Woodland Inventory.

In addition, there are around 12-acres of conifer plantation, which offer shelter and cover for the farming and sporting enterprises. 

About 142-acres of the land is used as pasture, the majority of which is cut for silage. The remaining low ground comprises a mix of rough grazing with open grazed woodland. 

The land is “well-suited” to livestock production and is in “good heart”. “There is considerable potential to create further woodland on the estate.” 

An initial site survey suggests that approximately 3,700-acres (1500 ha) might be suitable for the planting of native broadleaved woodland, with more commercial crops on the low ground.

Six-bedroom house

The estate is complemented by the “attractive” six-bedroom Lynwilg House, a “bright and spacious” Edwardian house with wonderful views to the Cairngorms. 

The accommodation is of a high standard with four welcoming reception rooms, six bedrooms and five bathrooms. 

There are seven further houses and cottages on the estate and a good number of useful outbuildings, including a wonderful shoot room and two boathouses on Loch Alvie.

New lodge

In the past, planning permission was granted, subject to a section 75 agreement, for the construction of a substantial new lodge on a spectacular site overlooking Loch Alvie.

While this permission was not pursued by the owners, there is the potential to explore this opportunity in the future, subject to the necessary consents.

Information

For further information please contact Galbraith, by clicking here.

Image: Galbraith

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