Land for saleEddleston, Peebles
- 673 acres (272.4 hectares)
- 672 acres rough grazing
- 0.35 acre miscellaneous ground
- Entitlements to Basic Payment Scheme
- Potential for a forstry planting scheme
- About 673 acres in total
The subjects of sale comprise a block of hill ground which is broadly rectangular in shape and extends in total to about 677 acres (274 hectares)Within the subjects are two hill summits called White Meldon and South Hill Head which are at 427 and 378 metres above sea level respectively.
On the west side of these summits, the land slopes fairly steeply towards the Meldon Burn which forms the western boundary and which rises within the northern part of the subjects of sale. To the east of the two hill summits, the gradient is more gentle in sloping in an easterly direction in to the valley of the Kidston Burn which also rises within the sale subjects.
Categorised as grade 5 by the James Hutton Institute, the underlying soil is made up of a combination of calcareous soils, mineral gleys and both mineral and peaty podzols. The overlying vegetation combines ling heather with a variety of upland shrubs and grasses and some areas of bracken.
From an agricultural perspective, the land has been grazed for generations in the traditional manner by a hefted flock of Scottish Blackface Sheep. The existing remnants of stone shielings on the western face of South Hill Head are testament to the longevity of this land use. The entirety of the hill is enclosed by a combination of post and wire fencing and dry stone walls (dykes).
From a sporting and amenity perspective, the land was historically managed as a grouse moor alongside its principal use as a hill sheep farm. Until as recently as the early 1990s, the moor was let under a sporting lease with walked-up shooting taking place on an annual basis for seasonal bags of up to and over 100 brace. With no active management taking place in recent years, there are few grouse on the hill at present.
The topography of the land together with the extent of bracken on some of the slopes makes this ground suitable for driven red legged partridge shooting with the potential to establish several drives. There is also rough shooting for mixed game and the opportunity for roe deer stalking.
From a woodland and forestry perspective, the hill may have potential for a diverse and well designed planting scheme, subject to discussion with the Forestry Commission. The minor public road adjoining the subjects is an agreed route for timber haulage and part of the area falls into the central Scotland Green Network.
From a historical perspective, this land has been settled since prehistoric times as evidence by the existence of several scheduled monuments including a hill fort and cairn and former settlements.
White Meldon and South Hill Head form part of a range of hills called the Meldons which lie to the northwest of Peebles in the valley of the upper River Tweed.
The A703 trunk road provides links both north and south with Edinburgh city bypass, city centre and airport being easily accessible. Currently forming part of a larger agricultural holding called Upper Kidston Farm, access to this land is both directly off the minor public road connecting the village of Eddleston with the hamlet of Lyne Station to the south, and also via the private road to Upper Kidston Farm.
The upland landscape in this part of
Peeblesshire is suitable for a range of land uses
including livestock and deer farming, woodland
and forestry, sport and recreation.
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