LAND AGENTS Bell Ingram has opened a new office in the former Bank of Scotland building in Beauly’s High Street.

The relocation brings the firm’s existing estate agency, land management, design, forestry and utilities teams from Bonar Bridge and Inverness under one roof.

The office will be led by partner Rob Whitson, a RICS-registered valuer, who, with his team, will be advising clients on a wide range of matters, including strategic planning and development, estate and fisheries management, and valuation of property for tax, secured lending and farm and estate diversification.

In his team will be Murray Fleming, Lauren Livingstone, Charlotte Gilfillan, Joanne Stennett, Ian Blois, Julie Connor, Karen Macleod and Simone Hogan.

Mr Whitson said: “Our ambition is to drive economic growth, and this move to Beauly will give us much greater visibility, a welcoming space for clients, as well as putting ourselves in the centre of the Highlands. We are very much looking forward to welcoming our clients, old and new, to our new office in the very near future.”

Managing partner at Bell Ingram, Mark Mitchell, added: “What sets Bell Ingram apart is our in-depth, local knowledge of the region, our attention to detail and, above all, our desire to go the extra mile for our clients.

The new Beauly office is a reflection of this and reaffirms Bell Ingram’s commitment to both new and existing clients as we grow and strengthen our presence in this important marketplace.”

The move is also intended to strengthen the firm’s aspiration to become the region’s premium rural estate agency.

Associate in charge of the estate agency, Joanne Stennett, said: “From stunning character cottages to baronial castles, the Highland region has some of Scotland’s most desirable property and whether you are buying or selling, Bell Ingram’s highly qualified team can advise on all aspects of property sales.

“We are seeing a big demand for homes in the whole of the Highland area, from buyers south of the border and abroad. Encouragingly there is no indication that Brexit is deterring home movers and, with more property coming up for sale, the outlook is healthy as market confidence continues to grow.”