Grouse Moor News - Summer 2014

As the 2014 grouse season gets under way we can look forward to a period of both change and consolidation on the moorland scene.

Change because reform of land ownership in Scotland is likely to be high on the agenda, whatever the result of the referendum on independence. And consolidation because as the economy continues to recover, owners of grouse moors appear to be concentrating on improving their estates and investing in land management rather than exploring the possibilities of the market. 

With plans for Scottish land reform creating uncertainties, it is easy to see why owners in Scotland are sitting tight. The moorland market in England and Scotland is following the overriding trend of the farmland market in recent years: it is characterised by extremely limited supply. 

It seems that landowners do not have quite enough confidence in the strength of the market to want to dip their toes in the water. However, moors will always remain the absolute pinnacle of aspiration for both old and new money, and the best will always attract interest and premium values. 

We have brought together a number of guest contributors for this issue of Grouse Moor News, and we hope you will find their insight and expertise both interesting and informative. Please contact the Savills team if you would like to discuss the issues raised as well as any other grouse moor or country estate queries you might have.

Alex Lawson - Director, Farms and Estates Sales

 

 
 

Key contacts

Alex Lawson

Alex Lawson

Director
National Farms and Estates

Savills Margaret Street

+44 (0) 20 7409 8882

+44 (0) 20 7409 8882

 

Roddy d’Anyers Willis

Roddy d’Anyers Willis

Director
Rural

Savills Brechin

+44 (0) 1356 628 620

+44 (0) 1356 628 620

 

Charles Dudgeon FRICS

Charles Dudgeon FRICS

Director
Rural Sales

Savills Edinburgh

+44 (0) 131 247 3702

+44 (0) 131 247 3702