Mains of Birness
The subjects are situated 20 miles north of the City of Aberdeen, being 4 miles north of Ellon and 15 miles south west of Peterhead.
The land at Mains of Birness is situated in Buchan, central Aberdeenshire, in a well-known farming area.
The land at Mains of Birness is principally south facing, being capable of producing a range of Spring and Winter cereals, in addition to productive grazings.
The town of Ellon is some 4 miles to the south west and is well served by facilities and amenities. The town has 3 primary schools which feed into the new Ellon Academy Secondary School (constructed 2015). The town has a community centre which includes a swimming pool and café, and the Ythan centre is dedicated to serving the needs of Ellon's teenage population. The Meadows Sports Centre is located in the eastern outskirts of the town and has many sporting facilities and clubs including football, rugby, an astro turf pitch for hockey, a gym and a multi used sports hall. The Meadows is also home to Ellon United Football Club, Ellon RFC and Ellon HC. The town has a wide range of shopping facilities and lies on the route of the national cycling route network on the former Buchan Railway line.
Aberdeen is 20 miles distant, and has a wide range of shopping, entertainment and cultural attractions which one would expect from the oil capital of Europe. Private education is available in the City which also has 2 universities. Aberdeen International Airport offers regular domestic and European flights, in addition to which there is a train station with regular services to both north and south, and overnight sleeper service to London.
The land at Mains of Birness is currently farmed in-hand and extends to 265.74 ha (656.64 acres) of arable land with 14.38 ha (35.53 acres) of grazing and 30.25 ha (74.75 acres) of coniferous woodland. Totalling 310.37 ha (766.92 acres) or thereby, excluding roads and yards, the farm enjoys good access from the public road network.
The land is classified as non LFA. According to The James Hutton Institute, the land is classified as Grade 3(2).
The land is registered with SGRPID for IACS purposes and is situated between 65 and 90 metres above sea level, and is generally of a southerly aspect.
Whilst the Sporting Rights have not been exercised in recent years there is an abundance of wildlife and wild game on the farm in addition to a wealth of songbirds.
LOT 1: Land at Greigsford and Den of Howie
Extending to 51.49 ha (127.23 acres)
LOT 2: Land at Nethermill and Knaps of Birness
Extending to 62.81 ha (155.20 acres)
LOT 3: Land at Mains of Birness (west)
Extending to 75.80 ha (187.30 acres)
Lot 4: Land at Mains of Birness (east)
Extending to 52.29 ha (129.21 acres)
Lot 5: Land at Toll of Birness
Extending to 67.98 ha (167.98 acres)
Total: 310.37 hectares (766.92 acres) of land