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Tulchan Sporting Estates Limited, Grantown-on-Spey, Morayshire, PH26

Offers Over £25,000,000
21,768 ac.

Property Description

Commercial information

  • 21,768 acres (8,809.2 hectares)

Key features

  • 8 miles of fishing on River Spey
  • Exceptional pheasant shoot
  • 2 driven grouse moors
  • Red and roe deer stalking
  • Tulchan Lodge (13 en suite bedrooms)
  • Knocktulchan Lodge
  • In hand stock farm and five let farms
  • Amenity and commercial forestry
  • 30 holiday, staff and let cottages

Full description



Speyside is one of the most beautiful and accessible parts of the Highlands, renowned worldwide for its breathtaking scenery, its many whisky distilleries and as a much loved field sports destination. The Cairngorms National Park encompasses Britain's highest and most spectacular mountain terrain and its largest native forests. Together with spectacularly clean rivers and lochs, moorland and farmland, it is a stronghold for Britain's wildlife. It is one of the UK's most special and cherished landscapes and is
also renowned for its year round sporting amenities which include downhill and cross country skiing, water sports, golf courses, mountain biking, hill walking and mountaineering.

Grantown-on-Spey (9 miles) has been a Highland holiday destination since Victorian times and provides everyday amenities. Aviemore (23 miles) has a mainline railway station with daily services to Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and a sleeper service to London, six nights a week. Inverness can be reached in under an hour's drive and provides a wide range of services including its airport which has direct services to major UK airports and Amsterdam, with connections to worldwide destinations. The airport also accommodates private jet aircraft and has an adjacent heliport with helicopters available for charter.


The 21,768 acre Tulchan Estate is set across the central course of the legendary River Spey, to the east of the Cairngorms ational Park in the Scottish Highlands. Its sheer scale, diverse combination of assets and spectacular setting all contribute to its well earned reputation as one of Scotland's finest sporting venues.

Tulchan Estate is the sole asset of Tulchan Sporting Estates Limited (TSEL), a registered limited company (SC146707). 100% of the shares in TSEL will be offered for sale. Transfer of ownership will be effected by means of a Share Sale/Purchase Agreement in respect of the company.

Eight miles of double bank fishing on River Spey
Exceptional pheasant shoot
Two driven grouse moors
Red and roe deer stalking
Hill loch with brown trout fishing
Snipe and woodcock shooting and wild duck flighting
Tulchan Lodge (5 reception rooms and 13 en suite bedrooms)
Knocktulchan Lodge (6 en suite bedrooms)
Productive in hand stock farm and five let farms
Extensive amenity woodland and commercial forestry
Portfolio of 30 holiday, staff and let cottages
Substantial rental income

About 21,768 ACRES (8,809 hectares) in total
All the property of Tulchan Sporting Estates Limited, 100% of whose shares are offered for sale.

Tulchan Lodge was completed in 1906 to the order of George McCorquodale, a printer and publisher by trade, who had previously been a frequent guest of the banker Sir Philip Sassoon who was a close friend and financial adviser to HM King Edward VII. Sir Philip was for many years the shooting and fishing tenant at Tulchan Lodge which was the "fishing box" of the Earls of Seafield who at that time owned over 1,280,000 acres in the United Kingdom.

In addition to the reputation of the Tulchan Water, the Tulchan and Cromdale grouse moors were also known as some of the best in the United Kingdom. Among the Royal guests who shot on them were King Edward VII (both as the Prince of Wales and King), King George V and King George VI (as Duke of York). In addition to a Royal flagstaff upon which the Royal Standard was flown, other reminders of that time are "King Edward's Hut" on "A" beat and the "battery's" (built up and paved edging to the riverbank) on "A" and "B" beats. These enabled the Prince of Wales to "Spey Cast" his fly without having to wade the river when fishing.

Other illustrious guests included Theodore Roosevelt, the banker JP Morgan, William Vanderbilt, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg and King Leopold of Belgium.

It has been said that Tulchan represents the very essence of the Highlands: its southern boundary lies high in the Cromdale Hills and the northern boundary crosses the Morayshire moors where the watersheds of two great rivers, the Spey and the Findhorn, meet. Tulchan's two grouse moors lie in both directions and extend between them to over 13,000 acres. The estate woodlands combine native trees and commercial conifers. As well as providing roe deer stalking, the forestry element of Tulchan has been designed and managed to create one of Highland Scotland's finest
driven pheasant shoots.

Tulchan Lodge, a traditional yet luxurious Edwardian shooting lodge that sleeps 26 and hosts repeat guests from all over the world, is the focal point of the estate. Centrally situated and set up above the north bank of the River Spey, it enjoys an elevated position with breath taking southerly views across the estate to the Cromdale Hills beyond.

Knocktulchan is a secondary lodge of contemporary design and build. It provides convenient ancillary accommodation and is ideal for use by more modest numbers of guests. In total there are 30 houses and cottages throughout the low ground of the estate on either side of the Spey, providing employee accommodation, holiday cottages and longer term letting properties. The style, construction and condition of the properties is relatively consistent, with the majority being of traditional stone construction. They also provide an additional income stream to the estate.

With sheltered pasture on the lower slopes and fertile ground in the valley, the in-hand farm and surrounding moorland supports a commercial herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle and a flock of black faced sheep, producing quality beef and lamb for the hospitality aspect of the estate.

Tulchan Lodge is an outstanding example of a traditional Edwardian shooting lodge. Category B listed, this splendid and historic house was built to an impeccably high standard by Maitland and Sons of Tain in 1906 and is constructed of tooled ashlar stone under pitched slate roofs with a square three storey tower and a corbelled and crenellated wallhead with similarly detailed caphouse and an angle stair turret which have become a recognisable feature of Tulchan Lodge.

Refurbished and maintained to the highest of standards, a stay at the lodge is a truly luxurious experience with the very best in contemporary comfort, easily trumping a five star country house hotel.

Inside, the turn of the century period details have been skilfully preserved and are perfectly offset by the immaculate décor which is in keeping with the era of the house. Particular examples of Edwardian features are the reception hall with its exquisite oak panelling and a central staircase with slender turned balusters. The drawing room features an intricate ceiling cornice and an ornate Renaissance Revival carved chimneypiece. The panelled library is another highlight, with its delicate beamed ceiling.

There are thirteen beautifully presented bedroom suites, and several large reception rooms, making the lodge ideal for both large private house parties and fishing and shooting guests. The ground floor accommodation includes a porch, galleried entrance hall, drawing room, main dining room, secondary dining room, library, billiard room, gun room, large contemporary kitchen and extensive domestic space including larder, pantry, deep freeze room, laundry, drying room, tackle room, wood stores and several cloakrooms with WCs. The lower ground floor includes a large secure wine cellar with extensive bins and several store rooms. Most of the light and spacious bedroom suites are situated off the large upper hall landing on the first floor. While each has its own unique style, they are all meticulously finished.


Fine gardens, grounds and policy woodlands surround the lodge and play a key role in its glorious setting, reflecting the elegance and aesthetic of the building itself whilst providing a tranquil and restful place in which to relax after a hard day's sport. Overlooking the Spey and sloping gently downwards, the gardens are south facing, with annual and perennial plantings, extensive areas of lawn and a blend of ornamental and wild flowers, ensuring that there is seasonal colour throughout the year.

Located only a short distance to the south of the lodge is the kitchen garden, which has been maintained to provide fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs for use in the lodge. Vegetable beds, orchard trees and soft fruit bushes, together with four greenhouses and several cold frames, provide fresh produce from the garden all year round. This marvellous resource means that the estate is virtually self-sufficient in fruit and vegetables.

Within the grounds and just a stroll away from the lodge is a hard surfaced tennis court.

Adjacent to the lodge are several buildings which have been converted to provide additional accommodation. These include the Gardener's Cottage, Cook's Cottage, the Butler's Flat and a further property known as Garden Cottage. In addition there is a fully equipped estate office, a number of stores for garden tools and machinery and two double garages.

Knocktulchan is a contemporary six bedroomed lodge in a spectacular position overlooking
the Spey, about ¾ of a mile to the west of Tulchan Lodge.

Acreage: 21768 Acres


By road south from Inverness or north from Perth, take the A9 to Aviemore and follow signs for A95. Continue to follow the A95 crossing the River Spey at Grantown on Spey and continue for 8.5 miles before taking the B9102 on the left signposted to Advie. Follow the road, crossing back over the River Spey before turning right at the T junction and continue for a further mile to the entrance drive to Tulchan Lodge on the left. The postcode is PH26 3PW.

Inverness is the closest airport. Helicopters and cars can be hired. Inverness Airport has daily scheduled flights to and from Edinburgh, London Luton, Gatwick and Heathrow. There are nightly sleeper services (Saturdays excepted) between Inverness and London, calling at Aviemore, as well as services to other destinations throughout the country.


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15 September 2016

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