Published: 14/06/2017 08:00 - Updated: 18/06/2017 07:21

Easter Ross farm sale goes to closing date at £8.4m asking price

Stewart Whiteford with cows and calves at Wester Rarichie Farm, Fearn.
Stewart Whiteford with cows and calves at Wester Rarichie Farm, Fearn.

A CLOSING date for best and final offers has been set for a trio of farms in Easter Ross with an asking price of more than £8.4 million.

There has been considerable interest in the portfolio of Shandwick Mains, Wester Rarichie and Castlecraig, which is one of the biggest farm sales in Scotland for many years.

The farms are owned by a partnership of four brothers in the well-known Whiteford family. They have decided to put the properties up for sale after taking the collective decision to retire from farming.

Interested parties now have to make their offers by noon on Thursday, July 13.

The rare collection of coastal, arable and livestock farms were launched on the market in early May and have attracted widespread interest.

Andrew Rettie, chairman of Strutt & Parker’s business in Scotland, said: “There has been considerable interest in the farms.

“Many people have viewed them already and still more are booked to do so.

“The best course of action now is to go to a closing date for best and final offers, which gives all interested parties an equal opportunity to bid.”

Situated near Tain in the favoured climate of the Moray Firth, the farms extend to 2397 acres and are being offered for sale as a whole, as three individual farms or 13 sub-lots.

The farming enterprises run over the three units include 300 suckler cows plus followers, 1400 breeding ewes and arable crops.

The progeny of the livestock are sold under a number of premium brands such as Mey Selections while the partners are members of Highland Grain Limited, a farmer-owned co-operative.

Key features flagged by the sellers include highly productive farmland, a favourable climate and the diversity of agricultural enterprises in operation.

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