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Castlecraig Farm, Nigg, Tain, Ross-Shire

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Tenure: Freehold

LOT 3A: 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 3A. 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.


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