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Stunning Scottish Estate Comes To The Market

A delightful mixed estate in Sutherland with residential, conservation, sporting and tree planting potential is now for sale through Galbraith.

Challenger Estate extends to about 937 acres, with superb trout fishing on Loch Craggie and Loch Dola, over 40 acres of native woodland, an area of permanent pasture and over 700 acres of hill grazing. 

The land rises to at 323 metres at the summit of Deall Mola, and there are beautiful views towards the peaks of Ben Kilbreck, Ben Hope and Ben More Assynt.

The estate has a spacious principal residence, Challenger Lodge, as well as a detached modern two bedroom farmhouse and a charming timber-built bothy. The property offers the opportunity for hill farming, tree planting, roe and red deer stalking, traditional country sports and conservation amidst beautiful and dramatic scenery. 

Rod Christie of Galbraith, who is handling the sale said:

Challenger Estate is a delightful mixed estate, situated in a stunning yet accessible location amidst the peaks and straths of Sutherland. The estate has been managed with conservation as the main focus in recent years, however there is significant potential to further develop the forestry, upland livestock farming, natural capital and indeed the residential properties on the estate.

The trout fishing at Challenger is highly regarded, particularly on Loch Craggie, with excellent catch records in recent years. The Estate enjoys wonderful seclusion and privacy in a spectacular setting, home to many rare native species, in particular birds of prey, including hen harriers.

Challenger Lodge, built in the 1990s, offers spacious and flexible accommodation including three bedrooms, kitchen/dining room, sitting room, conservatory, office, utility room, two bathrooms and a wine cellar. There is a very useful adjoining double garage with two workshops/stores. The garden is mostly laid to lawn, with an established attractive wildflower area. The property enjoys views over the estate and Loch Dola to the front. 

The Bothy offers a kitchen, bathroom, sitting room, dining room and two bedrooms. There is a garden area around the property with mature trees to the rear. The Bothy and Challenger Lodge are connected to the electricity supply generated from a wind turbine adjacent to the Lodge.

The Farmhouse sits at the westernmost point of the Estate and enjoys a pleasant southerly outlook. The farmhouse provides accommodation including entrance hall, utility/boot room, kitchen, sitting room, cloakroom, bathroom and two bedrooms.

The agricultural land comprises better quality in-bye pasture land and rough hill grazings as well as areas of amenity woodland. The land extends to about 937 acres (379 hectares) in all, classified as a mix of Grade 5(1) and 5(3) according to the James Hutton Institute. It has been farmed for livestock (sheep and highland cattle) in recent years and managed with conservation in mind. 

The majority of the grazing land would be classified as rough grazings. There are also areas of native woodland on the Estate, primarily native birch, which have been managed to encourage regeneration over the last 20 years, with a number of fenced enclosures erected to prevent deer damage. It is estimated that the total woodland cover, including regeneration, extends to approximately 42.30 acres (17.12 hectares). The land at Challenger estate offers significant woodland planting potential, especially for native species.

The Estate is almost entirely included within the Strath Carnaig and Strath Fleet Moors SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and Special Protection Area (SPA), both of which are designated for hen harriers.

The village of Lairg is just two miles from the property, while Inverness is 49 miles away. Inverness Airport is just over an hour by car.

Challenger Estate is for sale as a whole for £1.7m or in two separate lots. For further information please contact Galbraith.