To let Armadale Home Farm, Sleat, Isle Of Skye, IV45 8RS

Price on Application
A 1026.05 hectare farm offered to let as a whole on an MLDT.

* Offered as a whole on a minimum of 10-year Modern Limited Duration Tenancy, open to negotiation
* Approximately 33.3 hectares of inbye land, with a further 44.24 hectares of improvable ground, and 948.51 hectares of rough hill grazing
* Flock of sheep belonging to the landlord to form part of the tenancy

Armadale Home Farm is a productive unit, suited only for livestock and is offered with Ostaig Fank, which is a general purpose shed with a small yard. Armadale Home Farm is offered on an initial 10-year Modern Limited Duration Tenancy (MLDT), open to negotiation. The Landlord owns the black face sheep flock on the Farm which currently consist of 297 ewes and 115 gimmers with 115 hoggs and 8 tups, which will form part of the tenancy.
The combined land of Armadale Home Farm extends to a total area of approximately 1026.05 hectares. The land ranges from permanent pasture along the East Coast with fields from Kilbeg to Ardvasar, to extensive rough grazing on the hill, extending as far West as Loch Á Ghlinne and Loch Dughaill.
There is approximately 33.3 hectares of inbye land, with a further 44.24 hectares of improvable ground, and 948.51 hectares of rough hill grazing. Under the Macaulay Land Use Capability for Agriculture classifications the land ranges from grade 5 permanent pasture along the East Coast, to grade 6 rough grazing on the hill.

Armadale Home Farm is situated on the Sleat peninsula, located at the southern end of Skye. The climate of Sleat is generally warmer and wetter than the mainland. There is a yearly average rainfall of 2036.6mm, in comparison to the average for Scotland of 1570.9mm. Yearly average temperature ranges from 5.9°C - 11.9°C on Skye as opposed to 4.2°C - 10.7°C for Scotland.
The nearest livestock markets are the Ben Nevis Auction Mart (53 miles) and Dingwall Auction Mart (87 miles).

Armadale has been run as an Upland Hill Farm for a number of years with sheep and cattle grazing. The Landlord owns the black face sheep flock on the Farm which currently consist of 297 ewes and 115 gimmers with 115 hoggs and 8 tups. The flock will form part of the tenancy. The farm is best suited for livestock production.

Ostaig Fank is a general purpose shed of approximately 260 m2 with small yard with adequate space for livestock handling facilities. The shed has a steel portal frame structure with timber cladded Yorkshire boarding and a corrugated iron roof. The shed is supplied by electricity and private water supply, which are in situ but clarification of working order is required.

The draft Modern Limited Duration Tenancy will be available for inspection at the viewing day. The initial lease will be for a minimum period of ten years. A PDF version can be e-mailed or a paper copy can be provided for interested parties. The rent will be payable 6 monthly in arrears. Tenders are invited along with a five year business plan for the farm.

The Landlord retains all sporting rights including the right to shoot game and deer. Fishing rights for the various lochs on the farm are also retained by the landlord.

The landlord retains the right to take access for sporting and forestry.

The incoming tenant will be liable for the upkeep and maintenance of the internal livestock fences.

Mineral rights are specifically prohibited from the new agricultural lease. For the avoidance of doubt, the quarry situated near to Ostaig Fank is not included in the agricultural lease.

No Single Farm Payment entitlement will be offered with the lease.

The entire farmland at Armadale Home Farm is classified as a less favoured area and qualifies for the relevant LFASS payments.

There are no designations within the farmland. The upland hill ground borders Coille Dalavil, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

AFRC – RPID, Longman House, 28 Longman Road, Inverness, IV1 1SF
Tel: 01463 234141

Date of entry to be by arrangement.

An ingoing valuation is to be agreed between the outgoing and incoming tenant.

Tenders must be submitted on the Form of Tender enclosed with these particulars.
Tender deadline –
12.00 noon, Friday 5th October 2018
Applicants must provide the following:
1. Five-year business plan with an outline of the proposed farming system and budgets to support the tendered rent.
2. Details of experience, agricultural qualifications, background and family situation.
3. Two referees and a further bank reference.
A shortlist of applicants will be drawn up and further interviews will be held at Armadale on the week commencing 8th October 2018.

Travelling from the mainland, take either the A87 from Kyleakin and then the A851, south to Kilbeg, or take the Cal Mac Ferry from Mallaig to Armadale. Heading south from Kilbeg, the in-bye fields are accessed by turning right after the Clan Donald Centre and this road is followed until you reach the farm track. The hill ground is accessed by taken the turn at Kilbeg in the direction of Achancloich.

There will be one arranged viewing day held on the 26th of September for interested parties. Bidwells will be available on the day to answer any further questions.

Tenders complying with the required stipulations should be received at:
Bidwells, Carn Dearg House, North Road, Fort William, Inverness-Shire, PH33 6PP
Tender deadline – 12.00 noon, Friday 6th October 2018
The Landlord is not bound to accept the highest of any rental offer.

Armadale Home Farm is a working farm and we ask in the interest of health and safety while viewing, distance is maintained to livestock and farm machinery.

For clarification we wish to inform prospective tenants that we have prepared these letting particulars as a general guide. We have not carried out a survey, nor tested the services, appliances and specific fittings. It should be noted that corrugated fibre cement sheeting used in agricultural buildings may contain forms of asbestos fibre.
If communications, condition of the property, situation or other such factors are of particular importance to you, please discuss these priorities with us before arranging an appointment to view, as this should avoid any wasted journey.
Any photographs displayed in these particulars depict only part of the property and it should not be assumed that any contents/fittings/fixtures, etc. are in included in the tenancy, nor that the property remains as displayed in the photographs. No assumptions should be made regarding other parts of the property that have not been photographed.

The plan and areas use gross hectares taken from the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) Forms.
The property being open to inspection to the prospective tenant shall be deemed to have full knowledge of the state and condition thereof and as the ownership of any tree, boundary or part of the property.
These particulars do not constitute an offer or contract or part thereof. Bidwells neither make nor give in these particulars or during negotiation or otherwise, any warranty or representation whatsoever in relation to this property. All measurements are given as a guide and no liability can be accepted for any errors arising therefrom. No responsibility is taken for any omission, error or misstatement in these particulars.

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