A mixed arable and livestock farm on the coast with excellent views across the Moray Firth

**CLOSING DATE 26TH SEPTEMBER AT NOON**

Castlecraig Farm is an extensive, mixed arable and livestock rearing farm which has a diverse range of income streams. In addition to the arable and livestock rearing enterprises, the farm includes a former high health pig unit, a quarry providing income from a Lease and forestry. The key feature of the farm is the fine period house which occupies a private position with excellent views. There are two cottages, while a number of former military buildings dating from World War I are situated on the coastline and may offer the potential to be converted into residential accommodation/a tourist attraction, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents.

There is an extensive range of farm buildings with a capacity for 250 cattle, 600 ewes, 300 sows and 800 tonnes of grain.

The arable land forms the core of the farm and is flanked by permanent pasture. The soil types at Castlecraig comprise humus iron podzols and gleys of the Ethie and Cromarty/Kindeace series. It has LFA status and is mostly south-facing. A feature of the farm is the network of internal farm roads. The arable land is ploughed to a depth of around 9 – 10 inches.

Castlecraig Farm occupies a spectacular setting and has 4,350 metres of coastline, with panaramic views from Ben Wyvis to Bin of Cullen.

A large pond is situated to the northeast of the farm which provides considerable amenity. The pond offers trout fishing, boating and duck flighting, as well as serving as a very peaceful retreat.

There is rough shooting for mixed game and roe deer stalking.

Farming System Castlecraig is run as a standalone, mixed arable and livestock rearing unit. The farm grows spring barley and winter barley, with reported average yields as follows:

3.50 tonnes per acre of winter barley. 2.85 tonnes per acre of spring barley.

Castlecraig carries a spring-calving herd of 110 suckler cows. They are over-wintered indoors and are run with Limousin, Angus and Stabiliser bulls. Calves are finished and processed at ABP Perth as part of the Mey Selections/North Highland premium brand.

The farm also carries a flock of 700 breeding Scotch Mule ewes which are crossed with Texel, New Zealand Suffolk and Charollais rams. Lambing takes place indoors and begins in March. All lambs are finished and processed at Dunbia’s plant in Elgin as part of the Mey Selections/North Highland premium brand.

The pig unit has a capacity for 300 breeding sows and for finishing all rearing stock at a live-weight of circa 120kg. When run at full capacity, 130 pigs are sold per week. The pig unit was de-stocked in 2017; however, it could be re-stocked by a purchaser.

The farm receives an annual payment from the Scottish Beef Calf Scheme.

Method of sale - Castlecraig Farm is available for sale in 5 Lots as follows:

Lot A - Castlecraig House, Farm Buildings and Land West - Offers over £1,165,000

Lot B - Castlecraig Land East - Offers over £1,000,000

Lot C - Quarry - Offers over £125,000

Lot D - No 1 Cottage - Offers over £105,000

Lot E - No 2 Cottage - Offers over £105,000

LOT A: CASTLECRAIG HOUSE, FARM BUILDINGS AND LAND WEST (About 399.75 acres)

CASTLECRAIG HOUSE - This is a two-storey stone-built house with a pitched slate roof and a southerly aspect. It is believed to date from 1870 and is harled and painted white. The house has an elevated position with outstanding views over the Moray Firth and is flanked by mature woods. It is set within spacious garden grounds which are laid to lawn. A tarmacadam drive leads from the farm road to the front of the house.

The accommodation is laid out over two floors. There are a number of attractive features including cornicing, sash-and-case windows, six bay windows, working shutters, hard wood flooring, an Aga in the kitchen, open fires and under floor heating in the bathroom.

Situated to the rear of the house is a traditional outbuilding with three stores. There is also a garage of timber construction and a livestock shelter in the nearby paddock.

FARM BUILDINGS - Situated at the end of the farm road is the principal range of farm buildings which comprises:

Straw Shed (16m x 9m) Of timber frame construction beneath a corrugated roof.

Dutch Barn with Lean-to (32m x 16m) In 7 bays of steel construction beneath a corrugated roof with corrugated cladding, block walls and a concrete floor. Used for storing grain (300 tonnes) and straw.

Grain Dryer (8m x 5m) Uncovered tray dryer.

Office (5m x 4m) Of harled stone construction beneath a corrugated roof with a concrete floor and insulation. Includes a WC.

Workshop (4m x 6m) and (7m x 6m) Two adjoining, former dairy buildings of harled stone construction beneath corrugated roofs and with concrete floors.

Livestock Handling Facilities (21m x 5m) Of stone construction beneath a box profile roof with a concrete floor. Includes a cattle race.

Cattle Court 1 (28m x 18m) In 6 bays of steel frame construction beneath a box profile roof with part Supervent cladding, block walls and raised central feed passage.

Grain Store (28m x 9m) In 6 bays of steel portal frame construction beneath a box profile roof with block walls, timber cladding and a concrete floor. Capacity for 500 tonnes of grain.

Cattle Court 2 (28m x 18m) In 6 bays of steel frame construction beneath a box profile roof with part Supervent cladding, block walls and raised central feed passage.

Cattle Court 3 (36m x 7m) In 6 bays of steel frame construction beneath a corrugated roof with corrugated cladding, block and stone walls and a hardcore floor. Includes a side feed barrier and outdoor feed passage.

Beef Rearing Shed (13m x 12m) In 2 bays of steel portal frame construction beneath a corrugated roof with corrugated cladding, block walls and a hardcore floor. Open front.

Sheep Shed (60m x 12m) In 15 bays of steel portal frame construction beneath a box profile roof with Yorkshire boarding, block walls, raised central feed passage and concrete floor. Used for lambing.

Cattle Court 4 (28m x 6m) In 7 bays of steel frame construction beneath a corrugated roof with corrugated cladding, block walls and concrete floor. Includes a side feed barrier with outdoor feed passage.

Lambing Shed (48m x 6m) In 11 bays of steel portal frame construction beneath a corrugated roof with corrugated cladding, block walls and concrete floor. Used for lambing and includes mothering pens.

Cow and Calf Pens (40m x 4m) Of harled block construction beneath a corrugated roof with concrete floor. Includes 10 pens.

The farm buildings are served by three-phase mains electricity and private water, with a mains water back-up supply.

LAND - The ring-fenced block of land is a combination of arable and grazings, with scrubland on the coastline. It includes 70.45 acres arable, 244.36 acres permanent pasture, 12.68 acres woods and 72.26 acres of scrub/cliff/miscellaneous ground.

The arable land is classed as grade 3 by the James Hutton Institute. The enclosures are of a regular shape and size for cropping and are accessed off the farm road. It is gently undulating.

The grazing land is classed as both grades 4 and 5 by the James Hutton Institute and is fenced for livestock.

Some burns and watercourses pass through the land and provide a natural water supply. A number of the fields have drinking troughs via a private spring water supply.

The woods are mostly mature deciduous species, with some conifers. They provide shelter and amenity.

A Felling Licence (Licence Number: FLA00653) was granted to fell a small conifer wood situated immediately to the north of the farm buildings (numbered 23 on the Lotted sale plan and extending to circa 0.30 acre). This area of wood was felled in 2016 and is known as Castlecraig Woods. The purchaser will be responsible for the conditions within the Felling Licence in relation to the restocking and future maintenance of this wood. Further information is available from the selling agents.

The North Sutor The Sutors of Cromarty are two opposing headlands which mark the entrance to the Cromarty Firth. The North Sutor rises to 147 metres and lies within the boundary of Lot A. The gun emplacements on the Sutors were built in 1913 to stand guard over the firth as well as protect the fleet anchorage in the Cromarty Firth. The North Sutor was manned by the Royal Navy and was deemed to be a secret from potential enemies. It still carries the remains of substantial military gun emplacements, radar station, observation posts and batteries, which saw service during both World War I and, to a lesser degree, World War II, but was abandoned by the 1950s.

The vendors have held discussions with a travel and leisure company in relation to renovating and developing themed tourist accommodation and a visitors centre/restaurant building. Drawings have been prepared by a firm of architects and are available from the selling agents. The purchaser may wish to continue these discussions with the developer and submit an application for planning permission to develop the site.

The Moray Firth is host to a resident population of Bottlenose dolphins which can be viewed frequently from many locations on Castlecraig. Castlecraig Farm sits at the entrance to the Cromarty Firth and has spectacular views of cruise ships travelling towards Invergordon.

LOT B: CASTLECRAIG LAND EAST (About 514.80 acres)

LAND - The land within Lot B is a good combination of arable, pasture, woods, and scrub/cliff. It is mostly classified as grade 3, with the pasture classified as grade 4 and grade 5 next to the coastline. Lying within a ring fence, it comprises 169.98 acres arable, 184.87 acres permanent pasture, 8.16 acres rough grazings, 77.81 acres woods and 73.98 acres of scrub/cliff/miscellaneous ground.

The land faces mainly south. The grazing fields are fenced for livestock and are served by a private water supply. A farm road passes through the centre of the farm.

Approximately 77.81 acres are categorised as woods within Lot B and are in four principal blocks. A Felling Licence (Licence Number: FLA00097) was granted to fell the largest block situated at the northeast of Lot B (numbered 40 on the Lotted sale plan) and known as Pond Wood. This wood was felled in 2016 and required an extension of the farm road which provides useful access running the full width of the land. The purchaser will be responsible for the conditions within the Felling Licence in relation to the restocking and future maintenance of Pond Wood.

A second area lying to the south of the former pig unit (numbered 32 and 35 on the Lotted sale plan) is also encompassed within the Felling Licence which grants permission to thin the wood. This work has been completed and there is no obligation to replant. Further information is available from the selling agents.

PIG UNIT - A former high-health pig unit has a standalone location in the heart of Castlecraig Farm and at the west of Lot B. It is accessed off the internal farm road and was established in 1970. An advantage is its private situation, away from residential properties and other livestock, ensuring control of disease. It includes an office block and weaner unit, with the ability to go from farrow to finish and housing for all progeny.

The unit has a private water supply sourced from a spring and supplied via a syphon and pump system. There is a back-up mains water supply. It has three-phase mains electricity and comprises:

Office and Changing Area. With telephone and wi-fi.

Feed Mill and Feed Store.

Feed Bins Three feed bins, each with a capacity for 20 tonnes.

Trowbridge Finishing House Canadian red wood construction with fully slatted floor and auto-wet feeding system. Includes 20 pens, each with a capacity for 15 pigs.

Trowbridge Dry Sow Shed Canadian redwood construction. Slatted floor with concrete kennels and auto-wet feeding system. Includes a central feed passage and 50 pens, each with a capacity for 5 sows.

Service Shed/Dry Sow Shed Steel construction beneath a corrugated roof with concrete floor. Includes 16 straw-bedded boar pens and 13 sow pens.

Grower/Finishing Shed Timber construction beneath a corrugated roof with a part slatted, part concrete floor and a dry feeding system into hoppers. Divided into two rooms and with a total of 36 pens, each with a capacity for 15 - 20 pigs.

Grower Shed Timber construction beneath a corrugated roof with a part slatted, part concrete floor and a wet feeding system. Includes 10 pens, each with a capacity for 60 pigs. Opens to:

Gilt Rearing Area

Wet Feed Mixing Area

Compressor Shed

Workshop/Store

Farrowing Room 1 With a capacity for 16 sows.

Farrowing Room 2 With a capacity for 12 sows.

Farrowing Room 3 With a capacity for 16 sows.

Finishing Shed Timber construction beneath a corrugated roof with part slatted, part concrete floor and a wet feed system. Includes 50 pens, each with a capacity for 15 pigs.

Farrowing Rooms 4 & 5 With a total capacity for 12 sows each.

Farrowing Room 6 With a capacity for 16 sows.

Nursery/flatdeck Steel construction beneath a corrugated roof with 4 flatdeck pens, each with a capacity for 200 pigs.

Store Timber frame construction beneath a corrugated roof. Open sided.

Silage Clamp Uncovered with a tarmacadam base.

LOT C: CASTLECRAIG QUARRY (About 18.27 acres)

Situated off the farm road at the western side of the Castlecraig Farm is a quarry.

LOT D: NO.1 CASTLECRAIG COTTAGE (About 0.10 acre)

This is a detached cottage of traditional construction beneath a pitched slate roof. It is accessed off the internal farm road and is situated next to the farm buildings.

The accommodation is over two storeys and includes a sitting room, three bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchen.

There is a small garden.

The cottage is let under a Short Assured Tenancy (SAT).

LOT E: NO.2 CASTLECRAIG COTTAGE (About 0.20 acre)

Situated next to No 2 Castlecraig Cottage is a detached cottage of traditional construction beneath a pitched slate roof. It is also accessed off the internal farm road.

The accommodation is over two storeys and includes a sitting room, two bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchen.

This property has 933.12 acres of land.

Directions

For Castlecraig Farm (Postcode: IV19 1QS)

From Inverness, travel north on the A9 signposted for Thurso and continue for about 31 miles. Upon reaching Nigg Roundabout, take the third exit onto the B9175 signposted for Nigg. Continue on the B9175 for about 4 miles then turn left onto the minor county road signposted for Nigg Village and Pitcalnie. At the T-junction turn right and continue for about 0.3 mile then turn left at Nigg, signposted for Castlecraig. Continue for about 1.5 miles to arrive at Castlecraig Farm.

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