AN opportunity has come up to purchase a well-equipped 230ha farm in Sutherland, being brought to the market by co-operative the ANM Group through its Estates Division.

This marketing campaign is understood to be the first time that Kirkton Farm, by Golspie, has been offered to the open market.

Director of Aberdeen and Northern Estates, James Presly, said: “We’re thrilled to be dealing with the sale of Kirkton Farm and the fantastic opportunity it provides to secure prime farmland in the heart of the Highlands.

“A property of this scale and type is rarely available in this part of the country. The structure of land ownership in the area has historically limited the supply of this type of property to the market in this way.

“Straddling the A9, it does not take long upon arrival to see the scope and potential of the farm and that it has been kept in exceptional heart and condition by the Murray family”.

The farm is a well-formatted mixed arable operation equipped with two houses and a useful range of buildings capable of handling the crops, machinery, feedstuffs and livestock that a unit of this size requires. Kirkton can carry around 60 suckler cows when worked in combination with the substantial arable cultivations, which have historically included field vegetables and organic milling oats.

Mr Presly, added: “In order to give as much flexibility to potential purchasers as possible, we’ve lotted out the main body of the farm (Lot 1, extending to 157 ha at offers over £1.75m) from the hill ground and permanent pasture to the north (Lot 2, extending to 72 ha at offers over £250,000), which we anticipate being popular with investors looking for productive and accessible planting ground for forestry purposes. In doing this, we hope to preserve the option of taking on the whole of Kirkton and working it under a similar system as is the case at present whilst giving opportunities to those potentially interested in the individual lots.”

Kirkton Farm in Golspie is a mix of arable and livestock farmland split across two lots or available as a whole.