Rural Surveyor

James joined Bidwells as a Graduate Rural Surveyor in 2014 after gaining his postgraduate Masters degree in Land Economy at Aberdeen University.  He is now a qualified Rural Surveyor and works in Bidwells’ Fort William office.

Having grown up in Fort William, James has considerable knowledge of the area and local community.

He is involved in private estate management across significant areas of the west coast.  His experience includes the management of residential, commercial and rural properties, employees, farming lets, filming agreements, lease negotiations along with sporting interests.

James advises on the marketing of rural properties for both sale and let for a number of clients.  He also assists with The Crown Estate and their marine assets.

He carries out valuations for clients for a range of purposes such as secured lending, sale and purchase valuations and taxation.  These have included entire estates with associated sporting assets and agricultural land, residential properties and plots of land.

Recent projects:


  • First point of contact for the refurbishment and management of a well-known hotel on the West Highland Way, which has included the construction and completion of a 30 bedroom bunkhouse. 
  • Sourcing of tenants for a remote restaurant, negotiating terms of lease and liaison with the owner to reach and draw up a lease agreement. 
  • Involved in the management of the external areas of a local retail park on behalf of the developers. Overseeing any day to day issues and putting maintenance contracts in place.

Estate Management

  • Day-to-day involvement with the management of a number of estates, including recruitment, employment issues, property maintenance, liaison with contractors, advice on sporting lets.


  • Sales and lettings, preparing sales schedules, providing agency and marketing advice on a range of property sales. James is also involved with property lets from advertisement through to completion and ensuring landlord compliance with legislation.


  • Estate management
  • Valuations
  • Rural property sales & marketing
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