Mixed estate on 9,309ac offers recreation, conservation, forestry and farming in one

Kinrara Estate, a superb Speyside estate with a productive grouse moor, stalking, salmon and trout fishing, with significant afforestation and carbon capture potential, was launched to the market last week (Wednesday, August 26) by Galbraith.

The estate extends to 9,309ac (3,767ha) and offers outstanding opportunities for recreation, conservation, forestry, farming, shooting and fishing. It is located at Kinrara, Aviemore, Highland, Scotland.

Kinrara Estate is situated in an idyllic and peaceful situation in Upper Speyside and forms part of the renowned Monadhliath range of hills, the land rising to 824m at its highest point. The southern part of the estate lies within the Cairngorm National Park.

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Pasture, woodland…and the rest

About 142ac 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.

A significant proportion of the low ground at Kinrara, some 254ac, 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 12ac of conifer plantation, which offer shelter and cover for the farming and sporting enterprises.

In addition, there is considerable potential to create further woodland on the estate. An initial site survey suggests that approximately 3,700ac (1,500ha) might be suitable for the planting of native broadleaved woodland, with more commercial crops on the low ground.

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.

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.

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Houses, cottages and outbuildings

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.

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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.

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.

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‘Play a key role’

John Bound, a partner with Galbraith, commented on the property:

“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.

“It is a wonderful, mixed estate, underpinned by good housing, farming, significant forestry and sporting activities,” he concluded.

Kinrara Estate is for sale with a guide price of £7.5 million.