Closing date 12 noon Fri 25th August
The land is situated 0.5 miles to the south of the small settlement of Nigg and just to the east of the Nigg Energy Park.
Pitcalzean Mains is accessed primarily from a minor unclassified road off the B9175 either from Nigg energy Park or via the settlement of Nigg. Access to the farm steading is taken through a stone entrance along a private tarmac drive. The grazing on higher ground to the East is taken directly off the minor road from Nigg to Castlecraig.
Pitcalzean is situated in the attractive countryside of Easter Ross. Easter Ross is renowned as one of the best farming areas in Scotland with a reputation for productive, high quality farmland. Located not far from the A9, the main arterial road running up the coast provides good links to agricultural merchants and also Dingwall mart.
Tain, approximately 8 miles away, is a small but thriving town with a population of around 3,500. It is the focal point for an extensive rural area. It provides an extensive range of services including supermarkets, shops, banks, cafes, restaurants, hotels and leisure facilities. Tain is also home to the famous whisky distillery Glenmorangie.
One benefits from a rural location whilst being within easy reach of the Inverness and not far from the famous Loch Ness and Aviemore; the Adventure Capital of Scotland. Nearby Chanonry Point on the Black Isle is renowned for spotting the Moray Firth dolphin population. Inverness provides an extensive range of amenities, including a hospital, railway station, retail, leisure and recreation outlets.
There are a number of primary schools in the local area, while Tain Royal Academy provides secondary education. The closest school for Private education is the well-known Gordonstoun near Elgin.
There are plenty of opportunities for recreation with some outstanding golf courses including Royal Dornoch, picturesque beaches and accessible mountain ranges. The increasingly popular North Coast 500 route passes nearby.
Lot 1 – arable (pitcalzean mains)
Comprising of a block of prime arable land extending to approximately 119 ha (295 acres) or thereby. The land is classified by the Hutton Institute as Land Capability Grade 2 and Grade 3.1. The land rises gently from 10m to 90m at the highest point. The land has been farmed on a contract basis with good yields. The land is available with vacant possession at the end of the current growing season and is registered for iacs purposes (mlc 91/744/0001). The field are good sizes making for easy cultivation and harvesting.
Lot 2 – grazing (upper pitcalzean)
This block of land comprises of mixture of ploughable pasture, permanent grass and rough grazing extending to approximately 63 ha (155 acres) or thereby. The land
is classified by the Hutton Institute as Land Capability predominantly Grade 4 with some Grade 5. The land rises from west to east from 80m to 190m at the highest point. The land is available with vacant possession at the end of the current grazing season and is registered for iacs purposes (mlc 91/744/0001).
Lot 3 – grazing (lower pitcalzean)
This parcel of land comprises of mixture of permanent grass and rough grazing extending to approximately 127 ha (314 acres) or thereby. The land is classified by the Hutton Institute as Land Capability as Grade 5.2 – land capable for use as improved grassland. The land rises gradually from west to east from just above sea level to 90m at the highest point. The land is available with vacant possession at the end of the current grazing season and is registered for iacs purposes (mlc 91/744/0001).
Along with the land are a range of farm buildings including a Nissen Hut, Dutch barn and general purpose shed. Theyare clad with a mixture of corrugated iron and asbestos cement fibre sheeting. In addition to the agricultural ground forming part of Lot 3, there is a further area of amenity land included extending 31.2 Ha ( 77 acres) or thereby of dunes, cliffs and foreshore located to the east of the Nigg ferry slipway which includesthe site of Dunskeath Castle and an area designated as a
Site of Special Scientific Interest (sssi).
The property will be sold with the benefit of, or subject to, all existing rights and burdens with the titles.
Shooting rights are included in the sale in so far as they are owned.
There are a number of derelict houses and cottages around Pitcalzean Mains which do not form part of the farm sale. The intention is for these to be sold with the benefit of planning permission for redevelopment along with an adjacent parcel of ground made available with each property. Access and service rights will be retained. Rights will also be retained for three other potential development plots. The Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan indicates a large proportion of both Lots 1 and 3 are zoned for potential expansion of the Energy Park under Large Employment Allocations for Ross-shire (Industry) and states that development must be in accordance with the Nigg MasterPlan. The Nigg Masterplan, published in March 2013, can be accessed on the Highland Council Website and contains further information on the site.
Highland Council, Glenurquhart Road
Inverness, IV3 5NX
afrc – rpid
Scottish Government Agriculture and
Rural Economy, Longman House, 28
Longman Road, Inverness, IV1 1SF
The agricultural property may be viewed at any time in daylight hours; however, viewers must inform the Selling Agents. They should carry a set of particulars and take care not to block accesses or leave gates open. Any queries should first be directed to the Selling Agents; Peter Graham & Associates llp
A closing date may be fixed and prospective Purchasers are advised to register their interest with the Selling Agents. Prospective Purchasers should note that unless their interest in the property is registered, no guarantee can be given that notice of a closing date will be advised and consequently the property may be sold without
Offers in Scottish Legal Form should be submitted to the Peter Graham & Associates llp.
A deposit of 10% of the purchase price will become payable to the Seller within 14 days after conclusion of missives. Interest at 5% above the Bank of Scotland base rate shall be payable on the purchase price from the date of entry until paid and that notwithstanding that the purchaser may have taken entry. If the Purchaser fails to make payment within 14 days of the entry date with all accrued interest, the Seller shall be entitled to resile from the missives and to resell the property without prejudice to their rights to recover from the prospective Purchaser any loss incurred.
The vendors have submitted applications to claim Basic Payments for primarily the arable parts of the holding. The Basic Payment Scheme Entitlements in respect of Pitcalzean Mains are available by separate negotiation. If the farm is sold in Lots, the Entitlements will be apportioned on a pro-rata basis. The subsidy from the Basic Payment Scheme Entitlements in relation to the 2017 farming year (and all previous years) will be retained by the sellers.
Inverness has an airport which offers regular flights to London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Belfast and a range of European destinations including Amsterdam and Dublin. The nearby railway station at Fearn has regular services to Inverness which take approximately one hour. There is a summer ferry service across the Cromarty Firth from Nigg to Cromarty providing an alternative access to the beautiful Black Isle.