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Meikle Findowie, Dunkeld, Perthshire, PH8

Under Offer 1,062 ac. | £600,000

Property Description

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  • 1,062 acres (429.8 hectares)

Key features

  • Farmhouse in need of refurbishment
  • About 1062 acres (430 hectares)
  • Range of traditional buildings with development potential
  • 133 acres pasture
  • 902 acres rough grazing, moor and woodland
  • Red and roe deer stalking
  • Wild trout fishing on River Braan
  • For sale as a whole

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

**** CLOSING DATE - 12 NOON 25th AUGUST 2016 ****


Meikle Findowie is approached directly off the A822, via a private track which crosses the River Braan before leading onto the farmhouse and buildings. Extending to about 1,062 acres in total, Meikle Findowie offers a rare opportunity to develop a small yet easily managed Highland estate in a very accessible yet private location. Part of Scone Estates, it comprises a former hill farm and grouse moor rising from the River Braan in the north to the cairn at Creag Liath in the south.


The farmhouse and farm buildings are situated in an elevated position overlooking the grass fields which run down to the River Braan. The view to the south looks across to the rough grazings and hill ground which form part of the estate, on which an abundance of birdlife including curlews, oyster catchers and black grouse are often seen. In need of full refurbishment, the one and a half storey farmhouse is of traditional stone construction under a pitched slate roof with accommodation on two floors as shown on the accompanying floor plans. At present, the front door leads into an entrance hall, off which there are two public rooms which would have previously been used as a sitting room and dining room. To the back of the house is the kitchen and utility room. There are three bedrooms and a box room on the first floor. To the west of the farmhouse is an attractive range of traditional stone and slate farm buildings which, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents, could be converted to residential use. The buildings have retained many of their original features including a roundel and arched cart shed openings which could be developed to create a superb principal estate house or smaller units offering additional holiday accommodation. Adjoining the traditional range are two concrete portal frame sheds (24.9m x 24.3m) which are currently used for storing machinery.

The Land
The land at Meikle Findowie extends in total to about 1,062 acres of which 133 acres are classified as temporary / permanent pasture, with the remainder comprising rough grazings, moor and woodland. The land rises from a height of 180 metres above sea level beside the River Braan to a high point of 430 metres above sea level at the top of Creag Liath on the southern boundary which offers spectacular and far reaching views in all directions. While the land rises fairly steeply from the River Braan to the top of Airlich Hill, the land running east from here provides a more level and sheltered area of open hill grazing. There has been significant investment in fencing and improvement of the in-bye pasture in recent years, improving both the productivity and amenity of the fields which surround the farmhouse and buildings. The land is currently being farmed in hand under a contract farming agreement, and is carrying a flock of approximately 500 Blackface ewes.

At present, there are areas of riparian woodland along the river bank and an attractive belt of native trees running from the vicinity of the farmhouse to the western boundary. These areas extend to approximately 5 acres in total. In addition to the existing trees, there are opportunities for the creation of new woodlands at Meikle Findowie, and subject to obtaining the necessary consents a purchaser could plant trees with amenity, conservation or commercial forestry in mind.

Meikle Findowie will appeal to the true sportsman. While there is currently no formal sport taking place on the estate, there are almost year round opportunities for informal and rough shooting, walked up grouse, deer stalking and trout fishing, all of which are right on the doorstep of the farmhouse.

Historically, driven grouse shooting, over two lines of timber and turf butts, took place over Meikle Findowie and the adjoining North Logiealmond moor. In recent years there has been a focus on sheep grazing and the hill has not been shot intensively for some time. In recent years there has been an encouraging increase in black grouse numbers in Strathbraan, and the male birds can be seen performing their display at a lek site within view of the farmhouse.

In addition to roe deer stalking which can be enjoyed on the low ground, the woodland fringes and the open hill, red deer do also pass through Meikle Findowie. The estate does not have a resident population of hinds, but stags are found on the ground on occasion during the stalking season and in the weeks leading up to the rut, and a number have been shot in most years.

Access to the hill is provided by means of a hill track which runs from the vicinity of the farm buildings right through the estate to Creag Liath at the southern boundary. The delightful River Braan forms the northern boundary of the estate, providing about 1.2 miles of wild trout fishing on one of Perthshire's prettiest rivers.


Strictly by appointment with Savills.

Entry & Possession
By arrangement with vacant possession.

Offers in Scottish Legal Form are to be submitted to the selling agents. A closing date for offers may be fixed, and prospective purchasers are advised to register their interest with the selling agents following inspection.

Murray Beith Murray, 3 Glenfinlas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6AQ
Tel: 0131 225 1200 Fax: 0131 225 4412

The farmhouse is serviced by mains electricity, private water and drainage. No warranty is given by the sellers as to the quality or the quantity of the private water supplies.

Servitude Rights, Burdens, Wayleaves and Statutory, Public and other Access Rights
1. The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all existing servitude and wayleave rights, including rights of access and rights of way, whether public or private. The property is also sold subject to the rights of public access under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. The purchaser(s) will be held to have satisfied themselves as to the nature of all such servitude rights and others following their solicitors' examination of the title deeds.
2. A right of access is reserved over the road marked A-B on the sale plan.

Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS)
The land is registered for IACS purposes. The BPS Entitlements are available in addition at valuation. All of the land lies within a Less Favoured Area and is classified as Severely Disadvantaged.

Mineral, Timber and Sporting Rights
In so far as they are owned, the mineral rights are included in the sale. All standing and fallen timber will be included within the sale and the sporting rights are in hand.


Purchase Price
On conclusion of missives a non-returnable deposit of 10% of the
purchase price shall be paid. The balance of the purchase price will fall
due for payment at the date of entry (whether entry is taken or not) with
interest accruing thereon at the rate of 5% above Bank of Scotland
base rate. No consignation shall be effectual in avoiding such interest.

Should any discrepancy arise as to the boundaries or any points arise on the Remarks, Stipulations or Plan or the interpretation of any of them, the question shall be referred to the arbitration of the selling agents whose decision acting as experts, shall be final.

Plans, Areas and Schedules
These are based on the Ordnance Survey and are for reference only. They have been carefully checked and computed by the selling agents and the purchaser shall be deemed to have satisfied himself as to the description of the property and any error or mis-statement shall not annul the sale nor entitle either party to compensation in respect thereof.

Overseas Purchasers
Any offer by a purchaser(s) who is resident outwith the United Kingdom must be accompanied by a guarantee from a bank which is acceptable to the sellers.

It is intended to offer the property for sale as described, but the seller reserves the right to divide the property into further lots, or to withdraw the property, or to exclude any property shown in these particulars.

Should there be any discrepancy between these particulars, the General Remarks and Information, Stipulations and the Missives of Sale, the latter shall prevail.

Any rates payable (and/or council tax) and all other outgoings shall be apportioned between the seller and the purchaser(s) as at the date of entry.

Acreage: 1062 Acres


From the south take the A9 north from Perth. At Dunkeld take the A822 (Old Military Road) west, signed to Amulree, continue for 5 miles and turn left signed Meikle Findowie. Continue over the bridge on to Meikle Findowie. The postcode for Meikle Findowie is PH8 0BU. Environmental Designations There are two scheduled monuments: a stone circle 460m south of Strathbraan and a cup marked rock 800m south south east of Meikle Findowie.

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17 July 2016

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