Sprawling 10,000ac Scottish estate and castle has €7.5m guide price
Ever think of moving to the Scottish Highlands? Well if the fancy takes you, and you have the winnings of two average Lotto draws, then the seat of the Clan Macpherson may be the place for you.
Cluny Castle is for sale along with its 10,143ac at Laggan, Inverness-shire at the heart of the Scottish Highlands. The recently refurbished castle and the working estate is on the market with a guide price of £7.5m sterling or €8.87m.
According to Evelyn Channing at the Edinburgh office of selling agents Savills UK, this is one of the bigger sporting and farming estates to come on the market in Scotland in recent times.
Located near the village of Kingussie at the southern end of the district of Badendoch in the Scottish Gaeltacht, Cluny is about 56 miles southeast of Inverness and 66 miles northwest of Perth.
The estate was at the centre of many of the great historical moments of Scottish history. According to Macpherson clan tradition, in 1309 Robert the Bruce offered the lands of Badenoch to the chief of Clan Macpherson on the condition they destroy the Bruce's enemies, the Clan Comyn. The Macphersons duly carried out the king's wishes.
The original Macpherson castle was burned to the ground in 1764 and rebuilt in 1805. It narrowly missed finding a place at the centre of British royal history when it topped Queen Victoria's shopping list in her search for a country estate in Scotland, but bad weather prevented her from inspecting Cluny and she settled for Balmoral instead.
The castle continued to be the seat of the Macphersons and Clan Chattan until 1943 when it was sold.
The estate includes the seven-bedroom Cluny Castle, a wide range of outbuildings along with 11 estate houses and cottages. The land use is divided between 7,838ac of farmland, of which 7,153ac is in hill grazing, 431ac in rough grazing and 254ac in permanent pasture. A further 1,317 is crofted hill ground. A 960ac block is in woodland and the balance is taken up by roads, tracks, buildings and lochs. The entitlements and grants generated by the farming and forestry total £96,000 (€114,000) per annum.