And finally…Scotland’s most expensive estate up for sale
Got a spare £25 million?
If you do, and you fancy treating yourself, 21,000 acres of prime Scottish countryside, complete with grouse moors, a Speyside salmon beat and rambling Edwardian hunting lodge could be yours.
The tempting opportunity is the result of Scotland’s most expensive sporting estate coming onto the market after 23 years of development.
Described as the “ultimate utopia for the passionate sportsman,” the Tulchan Estate on Speyside boasts some of the best salmon fishing in Europe as well as exceptional stalking and shooting, and two grouse moors.
The price-tag for the 21,000-acre property is thought to make it the most expensive complete Scottish sporting estate to reach the market.
The average price of an estate is less than £5million, although Kinpurnie on Tayside was sold in lots for £29 million.
The Tulchan estate lies on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park, 40 miles south of Inverness, where majestic landscapes and whisky distilling reign supreme.
At the core of the estate are eight miles of double bank fishing on the Spey, revered by fly fishermen the world over as one of the greatest of all salmon rivers.
Tulchan is also renowned for its first-class pheasant shoot.
It has been in the hands of the Litchfield family for decades. Included in the property deal is a working farm and surrounding moorland.
Evelyn Channing of Savills said Tulchan was a “magnificent” property “from river to moor,” and that it was expected to attract global interest – with little sign that the Brexit vote had impacted the estate market.
The firm, joint agents for the sale with Davis and Bowring, said it was currently seeking Scottish sporting estates for potential buyers from home and abroad with a total of £830million to spend on the right property.
The present lodge was built in 1906 by George McCorquodale. The tenancy reverted to the Earl of Seafield after his death in 1938. It was subsequently owned by a London-based financial institution and a Swiss businessman, and was bought in 1993 by the present owners, Midlands businessman Leon Litchfield and his wife Gillian, who set up Tulchan Sporting Estates Ltd. They have spent 23 years developing the estate.