Farming News - Rare opportunity to purchase a mixed forestry & agricultural portfolio in Southern Scotland

Rare opportunity to purchase a mixed forestry & agricultural portfolio in Southern Scotland

12 Aug 2021
Frontdesk / Finance

Savills are offering a rare opportunity to purchase a mixed forestry and agricultural portfolio in the productive timber area of southern Scotland.The Auchenlongford Forestry and Farm Portfolio is an established agricultural and forestry landholding located in the southwest of Scotland offering a fantastic investment opportunity, extending to 832 hectares (2,056 acres) in total, 592 hectares (1,463 acres) of which is established forestry and 230 hectares (569 acres) of which is farmland.

Auchenlongford Forestry & Farm, Sorn, Mauchline, East Ayrshire, KA5 6JF | Property for sale - Savills
Auchenlongford Farm (including the farm buildings and farmhouse) sits to the north of the B743 public road, whilst Merkland farmland, sits to the south of the B743. Woodside Cottage is located adjacent to Auchenlongford Farm and includes 9 acres.

The area of commercial forestry extends to about 592 hectares (1463 acres) and comprises two larger blocks, Auchenlongford and Upper Heilar, and a more recently planted area around Merkland Farm. In addition to the area of commercial forestry there are older mixed riparian woodlands present around the River Ayr and some small woodlands within the farm.

The property is for sale as a whole or in 5 lots.

Lot 1: Auchenlongford Farm and Merkland Farmland
Compact livestock unit
Four bedroom farmhouse
Traditional and modern farm buildings
Land at Auchenlongford about 119ha
Land at Merkland about 111ha
Includes woodland and other land extending to about 19ha
Extending to about 230ha

Savills | Auchenlongford Forestry & Farm, Sorn, Mauchline, East Ayrshire, KA5 6JF | Property for sale
Lot 2: Auchenlongford Forest (Including Merkland Woods)
Mixed age conifer forest extending to 338ha
Incudes 120ha mid-rotation timber
Younger plantings dating from 2004, 2006, 2018 and a small area in 2021
Good access onto B743

Lot 3: Woodside Cottage
Well-presented detached 3 bedroom bungalow
Attractive lawned garden
Uninterrupted views over the surrounding countryside
Grazing land approximately 3.6ha
Extending to about to 3.90ha in total

Lot 4: Upper Heilar Forest
Mixed rotation forest extending to about 254ha
Substantial volume of mature timber ready for harvesting
Areas of high Yield Class second rotation spruce timber
Opportunities for peatland restoration

Lot 5: 1.9 miles of River Ayr
1.9 miles salmon fishing on the River Ayr
Rights to fish for trout and salmon from the north bank
Leased to the local angling club on an annual basis
Fishing records available upon request
Extending to about 5.70 ha in total