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Planting trees to

boost your farm

business P4

Six Of The Best

Bell Ingram unveils

raft of new associate

appointments P13

Meet The Team

Rewarding careers

and latest vacancies

at Bell Ingram P14

Amazing Spaces

Big demand for lifestyle

properties In top rural

and coastal locations P16

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A name you can trust, covering the whole of Scotland.


Bell Ingram should have been welcoming you to

our ringside marquee at the Royal Highland Show

(and a whole host of other rural and agricultural

events) this summer. Once again, however, we are

doing things a bit differently thanks to a certain

global pandemic.

Coronavirus may have pulled the plug on Scotland’s

much-anticipated 2021 show calendar … but

we have been proud and excited to support the RHShowcase2021 event at

Ingliston instead.

Stuart McArtney and Martin Boyle from our Forestry service were fortunate

to be invited along to check out some of the action taking place in the Bell

Ingram sponsored Forestry Arena and they were hugely impressed by the

fun, imaginative and innovative way this virtual event has been uniting and

showcasing the sector until such times as we can all meet up in person.

At the time of writing this article RHShowcase2021 had clocked up hundreds

of thousands of live streams on the Royal Highland Show website which is an

incredible achievement for the organisers and underlines the huge interest in

the sector both home and abroad.


4 Farming for the future Matthew Imrie

joined the latest Integrating Trees Network

webinar to discuss how forestry is helping his

family to secure their Hillhead Farm for future


8 Integrating trees on you land That’s

the aim of the new Integrating Trees Network

(ITN) which is building up a strong network

of farm woodland demonstration sites across


10 Why create woodland? From shelter

and shade for livestock to reducing the effects

of climate change we explore the business

opportunities associated with tree planting.

12 Helping It Happen Awards 2021

Managing Partner Mark Mitchell encourages

rural education innovators to share their

success stories.

13 Six of the best Bell Ingram boosts the

team with a raft of new appointments at

associate level.

14 Getting to know Bell Ingram Read

what two members of our Land Management

department - Jamie Cowie and John Kennedy

- have to say about working for Bell Ingram

and their own routes into the sector.

Sarah Tyson

07710 308614

James Petty

07974 934301

Malcolm Taylor

07715 609325

l Stuart McArtney (left) and Martin Boyle are pictured

in the Forestry Arena at RHShowcase 2021

As Chairman of Perthshire Agricultural Society, I’m also pleased to report

that the 159th Perth Show is following a similar format this year. We intend

to create a bit of an atmosphere and excitement by having live stream judging

carried out on show day - Saturday, August 7 - with online viewers able to

witness live appraisal of the entries as they are watched by our expert judges.

The agriculture sector hasn’t stood still during the pandemic. Far from it.

Farmers have been working flat out to keep the country fed and our crops

and livestock tended and cared for.

It’s certainly exciting to watch the sector adapt to new ways of working, living

and learning and while I’m hopeful that that things will return to normal

in 2022, I’m sure these virtual formats have a role to play in future event,

attracting competition from further afield and making them accessible to

wider audiences across the globe.

18 Amazing spaces and extraordinary

places Carl Warden looks at how the

property market is evolving with an

unprecedented demand for lifestyle

properties, farms, forestry, crofts and building


Editorial contacts for Insight


Alison Lowson, Marketing Manager

Tel. 01738 621 121 or 07584 093354


Design by Stuart Cameron

*Insight magazine is prepared for general information

only. While care is taken in its compilation, neither Bell

Ingram LLP nor its employees or officers accept any liability

for the contents or their application to any individual

circumstances. Readers are strongly recommended to

contact Bell Ingram to obtain advice appropriate to their


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Mark Mitchell

Managing Partner



Ayr-based land agent Matthew Imrie joined the latest Integrating

Trees Network webinar to discuss how forestry is helping his family to

secure their Hillhead Farm for future generations . . .

Bell Ingram’s Matthew Imrie

has been discussing the

benefits and challenges of

small scale forestry at a highprofile

webinar organised by

the farmer-led Integrating

Trees Network, run by the Scottish

Government and Scottish Forestry, which

aims to encourage more producers to

plant trees on their agricultural land

Speaking to a group of over 60 farmers,

crofters, estate managers and other

rural professionals, assistant land agent

Matthew talked about his family’s venture

into small scale forestry on their Hillhead

Farm in Torrance just outside Glasgow.

Also adding their insight to the event

were Matthew’s father and mother

John and Antoinette Imrie, brother Ben

and sister Keziah. Ben works with his

father John to look after the farm’s 450

breeding ewes (Scotch Mule, Texel X) and

80 suckler cows (Aberdeen/ Simmental

X), while Keziah has her own enterprise

rearing pigs with a view to establishing

her own farm shop to sell the produce.

The Imries have farmed at Hillhead for

four generations. This family-run business

comprises 400 acres owned, plus 100

acres rented. It has an altitude of 40m

down at Tower Farm, running up to 218m

above sea level at the highest point - the

trig point on Blairskaith Muir where the

new forestry creation scheme will be


The Imrie family’s woodland journey began

in 2019 when Matthew and his father John

decided to develop a forestry scheme on

an area of unproductive land. Fast forward

to 2021 and they are now at the stage of

fencing, cultivating and planting trees

on just over 27 ha. creating a number of

benefits for the farm not least as an asset

for the future.


atthew Imrie said: “As a farming

family we are always looking for

ways to diversify and secure the

business for future generations. We did

look into renewables, but wind turbines

weren’t suitable because we are on

the Glasgow Airport flightpath, and we

couldn’t sacrifice enough land for solar

panels. Trees just worked for us!

“Being so closely involved in the project

meant that we were able to design the

forest in such a way as to fit all of the

family’s objectives. We didn’t want to plant

the Blairskaith Muir site in blanket Sitka as

it would have taken away from its natural

beauty and the habitats that rely so much

on it. Instead we wanted to plant a mix of

both productive conifers and mixed native

broadleaves around the most sensitive

areas in order to produce a much more

sustainable product.

“Blairskaith Muir is a particularly sensitive

site and as such required various surveys to

be undertaken (archaeological, breeding

bird, habitat and deep peat) in order

to support the application. Although

the results of these surveys had a huge

influence on how much, what and where

we could plant - with a lot of areas marked

continued on page 6


for the future

l Brothers Matthew (centre) and Ben with

father John pictured earlier this year looking

over the land on Blairskaith Muir earmarked

for the new woodland scheme. The project

has reached the planting stage with 50,000

saplings in the ground.

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Farming for the future

as unplantable - what the surveys did

ensure is that what we did plant was

entirely sustainable. We did not disrupt

any important habitats or the public’s

access, but rather we enhanced both,

while adding much needed capital to the


Forestry is of course a long-term

investment. While the initial grant and the

five-year maintenance payments do cover

the initial start-up costs - with a substantial

surplus after the five years - the true

potential will not be realised until 30-40

years down the line.

Matthew continued: “With six children

in our family, succession planning was a

key factor when deciding how to diversify.

The tax benefits, as well as the harvestable

crop at the end of the cycle, will ensure

that the family are looked after while the

farm remains in one piece. Once the crop

is harvested, the site will be replanted to

benefit many future generations of the


John Imrie said: “I’ve been working at

Hillhead since I left school and my main

aim was always to secure the farm which

we did in 2015. Since we stopped retailing

milk, we have been looking for an extra

income to bring in more capital and

Matthew’s suggestion of forestry ticked this

box. The area where we are planting trees

is poor land that we have been struggling

to graze and make productive for about 20

years. It’s taken about two years to get to

where we are at the moment, but we are

going to be putting trees in the soil this

l Community

engagement is a

big part of the ethos

at Hillhead Farm

and Matthew and

his brother Ben

recently invited a

group of children

from nearby

Baldernock Primary

to help with the tree


week. It’s a work in progress but seeing the

trees arrive in their thousands has been

very exciting.”


ntoinette Imrie continued: “Hillhead

is very much a family run farm, with

our children closely involved, and

we want to secure it for future generations.

The farm isn’t just a home, but a lifestyle,

and John and I would like to think that

the children will always have a part in it by

developing their own enterprises.

“We decided to go down the forestry

route because we saw the opportunity

to invest in some of our land to boost

our income as well as create a nest egg

for the family in the future. We liked the

idea of doing something environmentally

friendly, something that supported the eco

system, reduced our carbon footprint and

added something to the already beautiful

landscape we live in. We are very excited

about this project and are looking forward

to seeing it all come together and all the

trees maturing.”

Quizzed on the most challenging

aspects of the project to date, Matthew

concluded: “One of the big challenges is

making the project work financially and

ensuring that your spending keeps up

with the timing of the capital payments.

It’s worth remembering that while grants

are available, they will only cover the cost

of establishing the forestry and a little bit

more besides.

“Juggling the requirements of all the

stakeholders is another big part of the

process and it’s vital that you anticipate

any potential stumbling blocks and

communicate your plans quickly and

concisely. It’s important to keep your

plan agile and address what’s actually on

the ground as the results of surveys will

inevitably dictate what you can and can’t

achieve.” n

More information:

For further information on the new

Small Woodlands Loan Scheme

(SWLS) go to:



Scottish Forestry has a network of

woodland officers around the country

in local offices. Please get in contact

at an early stage to discuss your

woodland creation proposals:

Bell Ingram offers a full range of forest

and woodland management services.

Please contact our forestry team to

discuss your requirments.

Stuart McArtney on 01738 621 121 or

or Jim Adam 01224 621300

Derek’s plough

events raise


for Children’s

Heart Surgery

Fund and Air


Partner Derek Tyson has helped

raise another £1,270 for the

Children’s Heart Surgery Fund

at Leeds by organising a socially

distanced charity ploughing

match in Thirsk recently.

A great effort from vintage

tractor and ploughing enthusiast

Derek who raised £1,235 for this

worthy charity earlier this year at

a similar event.

Last year Derek raised over £900

for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance

last year by organising a

ploughing event in Thirsk on land

owned by Tim Robson.

Lin Stead, North Yorkshire

Regional Fundraiser for the

Yorkshire Air Ambulance, said:

”Thank you to everyone involved

with the organisation and

running of the event, from the

entries arriving to cleaning the

road at the end of the day.

Fundraising events have been

few and far because of Covid and

every penny counts in keeping

our helicopters flying and

ensuring the YAA is there for the

people who need our help.”

To see Derek in action check out

this video which appeared on the

Yorkshire Post’s YouTube channel n

in brief

Perth Show

builds on

success of last

year’s virtual


A virtual feast of farming and

fun is on the cards as Perth

Show goes online for the

second year running, promised

Bell Ingram’s Managing Partner

Mark Mitchell.

Wearing his “other hat” as

Chairman of Perthshire

Agricultural Society, Mark said

it was “hugely disappointing”

to announce the cancellation

of the 2021 Perth Show,

but stressed they were now

focussed on building on the

success of last year’s virtual


Tom Rust celebrates

career milestone with

RICS exam success

Livestock judging and

agricultural showcasing will

take place in an online Perth

Show on Saturday, August 7.

And organisers are urging the

agricultural community to get

behind plans to bring a taste

of the country into people’s

homes via the virtual platforms.

Mark continued: “Given the

amount of hard work, planning

and commitment that goes

into organising the two-day

event in Perth, cancelling the

2021 show is the last thing we

wanted to do. But, in light of

the government guidance, we

believe this to be the correct

course of action as the safety

of all involved is our utmost


Last year’s virtual Perth Show

attracted over 240 entries in

general sections and Mark is

hopeful that support will allow

individual classes to be staged

and judged this year - just like

the real thing.

“The idea will be to create

a showcase livestock event

as close to the real thing as

possible,” added Mark. “Farmers

enjoy competing and are proud

of their show-ready animals

so we want to give them a

platform to display them to

others - albeit virtually.

“We’re also keen to see what

Perth-based land agent Tom Rust has

graduated to the next stage of his career with

Bell Ingram.

Tom, who joined our Land Management team

in 2018, has passed his assessment to become

a Chartered Surveyor and member of the Royal

Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

He is formally elected to the class of MRICS and

will be able to use the professional designation

MRICS, an internationally recognised and

respected mark of excellence and integrity.

Tom previously graduated with an Honours

Degree in Rural Business Management at SRUC

and is currently involved in a variety of work

including rural estate and farm management,

rural valuations and lettings.

Tom said: “I am delighted to have passed

the RICS APC assessment to become a

professionally qualified Chartered Rural


the youngsters have been up

to during lockdown so will host

Young Handler classes to get

them involved as well.

“The agriculture sector

hasn’t stood still during the

pandemic,” said Mark. “Far from

it. Farmers have been working

flat out to keep the country fed

and our crops and livestock

tended and cared for.

“It’s been a busy and

challenging time for everyone

and we just want to put a bit of

fun and competitive edge back

into things with our virtual Perth


While plans are still at an early

stage, organisers hope to

involve as many of the Perth

Show staples as possible in the

virtual line up, including foodies’

favourite Perthshire On A Plate

and trade stand exhibitors. n

“The help and support I have received from

colleagues at Bell Ingram has been key to

helping me achieve this important professional

qualification and I would like to thank the

company’s head of valuations Sarah Tyson

and APC training co-ordinator Rhona Booth

especially for their advice and steady guidance.

“I am looking forward to further developing my

professional experience and building my career

with Bell Ingram.”

Head of Land


Malcolm Taylor

said: “Tom started

his career with

us and it’s been

a privilege to

watch him work

his way up the


ladder. Now he

has completed

his qualification,

I know that he

will start to forge

out a professional

path for himself.”

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on your land

If you are a farmer, crofter, land

manager and want to find out more

about tree planting, then you can’t

beat seeing and hearing from those

doing it practically on the ground.

That’s the aim of the new

Integrating Trees Network (ITN) which

is building up a strong network of farm

woodland demonstration sites across


The initiative is being led by farmers and

supported by Scottish Forestry and the

Scottish Government.

It’s all about encouraging more trees to be

planted on Scottish land, in the right place,

for the right reason and to give guidance

on how this can be practically achieved.

At the moment there are two sites in

the demo network, Andrew Adamson of

Messrs W Laird & Son, Netherurd Home

Farm, Peeblesshire and the Imrie Family of

Hillhead Farm, Torrance, Lanarkshire. Both

are run by family farming


Joining the growing network will be

Andrew and Debbie Duffus, Mains of

Auchriachan, Tomintoul. All host farms will

be involved in two new online events in

June. More farming hosts are due to be

announced in the coming months.

Scottish Forestry’s forestry and farming

development officer Lyn White said:

“It’s great that this network of

demonstration sites is building up. We

have had a great response to a call for host

farmers, crofters, estates land managers

from across Scotland to join our network.

“Our current fantastic farming hosts

are willing to share their practical

experiences, discuss their objectives,

challenges and benefits of their tree

planting projects.

“The network of demonstrator sites will

be spread across Scotland. The aim is to

have a site in each geographical region

linked to a Scottish Forestry offices.”

Lyn added: “Everyone is welcome to book

onto these free virtual online events. As

this is a farmer led network, we want hear

from land mangers about what topics

they want to discuss so we can bring in

expert speakers to present alongside our

farmer hosts.

“The next online event introduces our

third hosts Andrew and Debbie Duffus,

Mains of Auchriachan, Tomintoul.”

Integrating Trees on Your Land Event: Wednesday, 23rd June 7-8pm

Andrew and Debbie Duffus will talk

about their family’s new venture into

woodland creation on their tenanted

hill farm Mains of Auchriachan,

Tomintoul. We’ll discuss the initial

thought process, the decision to

plant trees, objectives, challenges and

benefits etc. Also how future plans

for woodlands creation/shelter belts

are evolving alongside their livestock

enterprises. A speaker from Scottish

Forestry will also join the event to

discuss funding and first steps to

woodland creation. As this will be a

farmer-led network please come along

and bring your questions and ideas to

help the organisers guide future event


Book your free place here https://www.

The following week ITN catches up

with Andrew Adamson, Netherurd

Home Farm and the Imrie family

for Integrating Trees on Your Land:

Question Time on Wednesday, 30th

June, 7-8pm.

Do you have practical questions

about integrating trees on your land,

whether on species/site choice,

protection, design, cultivation, or

maintenance tasks etc? Come along

and put your woodland creation

questions to our host farmers, all of

whom have integrated trees into their

farming businesses. Our panel will

include Andrew Adamson of Messrs

W Laird & Son, Netherurd Home

Farm, Peeblesshire and members of

the Imrie Family of Hillhead Farm,

Torrance, Lanarkshire, along with staff

members from Scottish Forestry. Book

your free place here https://www.

To help organisers answer as many

questions as possible, please send your

questions in advance to Lyn.White@ You can also ask

questions on the night. n

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Woodland creationa

business opportunity

In these ever-changing

times it’s natural to keep

the head down and

keep going. But what

opportunities are out

there for your business?

What possibilities should

you be considering to

be meet your long-term


How about planting some trees?

Trees offer multiple benefits and you can

receive funding through the Forestry

Grant Scheme (FGS), when creating new

woodlands. See more at https://forestry.

Shelter and shade for livestock:

Woodland, shelter belts and hedgerow

trees can all provide important shelter for

livestock, which helps increase productivity

and reduces costs.

Windbreaks to protect crops:

Trees used for windbreaks can help prevent

damage to crops and reduce soil erosion.

This can keep your soil, your most valuable

asset, in the field.

Landscape and biodiversity


Planting on less productive land can

improve the landscape and its biodiversity.

Woodlands host a large number of insects,

helping pollination of nearby crops.

Using new woodland to renew or

redefine boundaries:

The current FGS helps with costs associated

with fencing new woodlands. New

woodland can provide a real opportunity

for the business to redefine or renew

boundaries which can help in the on-going

management of stock.

Providing saleable timber or

wood fuel for a financial return:

If location and scale are well considered,

trees can provide an alternative crop and

income stream for the farm business. Fast

growing species can produce saleable

timber in around 20 years through

thinning, which also helps manage

the woodland for future quality timber


Adapting to climate change and

reducing its effects:

Planting trees absorbs and locks up

carbon, helping to reduce your net carbon

emissions. If you require extra income to

make woodland creation viable, and are

eligible, consider the Woodland Carbon


Amenity/sporting opportunities:

Woodlands can provide good opportunities

to introduce game shooting on farms.

Woodlands provide shelter and a good food

source for game.

Improvement of water courses:

Trees can protect against soil erosion. They

help prevent runoff of manure and fertiliser

entering water courses.

l There are various grant options to help

you get planting including support for

conifers, broadleaves and small farm

woodlands. Find out about the “Sheep

and Trees” grants package which allows

you to apply for woodland creation and

infrastructure grants at the same time.

This means you can plant woodlands and

benefit from building an access road to

aid management of your new woodland.

Grants can cover up to 90% of costs

including planning, planting, maintenance

and tree protection. Land planted under

the forestry grants scheme remains

eligible for the BPS.

If you would like to know more, the Scottish

Forestry website contains practical

information and contact details: forestry.

How about getting a specialist adviser to

help with your woodland creation.

If you are a farmer or crofter you can also

apply for up to £1,000 funding through

the Farm Advisory Service to enlist this

help. The adviser will work with you to

add value to underproductive land by

reviewing farm-specific opportunities and

financial incentives available to create or

manage woodland. To apply or for more

information, call 0300 323 0161 or


l Tree planning

offers multiple

benefits to farmers.

Credit: Jayne


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to enter

Helping It



Bell Ingram’s Managing

Partner Mark Mitchell

is encouraging rural

businesses across Scotland

to follow in the footsteps of last

year’s winner Duffus Estate and

enter the Education category

at this year’s Helping It Happen


The annual awards, which are

organised by rural business

organisation Scottish Land &

Estates, are free to enter and will

showcase the work done in 2020/21

by businesses, farms and estates to

help rural Scotland thrive during a

difficult year.

Bell Ingram is once again teed up

to sponsor the Education category,

won in 2020 by family-run Duffus

Estate. Judges were impressed

by the Earthtime’s Forest School

Nursery at Duffus which aims

to have the children outside for

at least 80% of the time. The

youngsters grow vegetables

which they then harvest and eat

in their own meals at lunchtime.

Earthtime was also chosen to

be an educational hub during

lockdown and provided 18 weeks

of emergency childcare provision

for 36 children of key workers or

vulnerable families.

Mark Mitchell said: “Together

Bell Ingram and Scottish Land

and Estates want to recognise

champions of rural education,

so that future generations grow

up knowing more about farming

and the countryside and what

it delivers as well as nurturing a

lifelong interest in the natural


“Duffus Estate was a very worthy

winner last year and I know that

the judges are looking forward to

seeing an equally high standard

of entries this year as we celebrate

the very best initiatives across the

sector, whether on-farm, in the

classroom, or even online.”

The Helping it Happen Awards

will once again be sponsored

by GLM and this year there is a

new ‘Business Resilience Award’

category which is open to those

who have, despite the pandemic,

seen their business flourish by

adapting, being innovative and

working hard.

Sarah-Jane Laing, Chief Executive

at Scottish Land & Estates said:

“This year has been difficult for us

all. Our world leading tourism and

hospitality sector has lay dormant.

Across the rural sector businesses,

land managers and community

groups have done everything in

their power to keep their staff in

jobs and their work going in trying


“That is why this year we think it

is more important than ever to

celebrate the talent, innovation,

and passion of rural Scotland. To

recognise the efforts made in the

most difficult of circumstances by

our members and others to protect

communities, jobs and nature in

rural Scotland, through the Helping

it Happen awards.

“There is no shortage of

achievements to celebrate from

Scotland’s rural businesses. We urge

people from Shetland to the Borders

to submit their entries for this year’s

awards. You can nominate yourself

or others.

“The quality of entries we receive

to the Helping it Happen Awards

is always exceptional, and we are

excited to see this year’s crop of

nominations.” n

The 2021 Helping

it Happen Awards

categories are:

● Education Award sponsored by

Bell Ingram

● Business Resilience Award

● Conservation Award sponsored

by Anderson Strathearn

● Enhancing our Environment

through Land Management

Award sponsored by


● Innovation in Farming Award

sponsored by Douglas Home

& Co

● Iver Salvesen Award for

Combatting Climate Change

● Rural Business Award

sponsored by Shepherd and

Wedderburn LLP

● Rural Housing Award

sponsored by VELUX

● Tourism & Visitor Management

Award sponsored by GLM

● Working with Communities

Award sponsored by The

MacRobert Trust

The awards close to entries on 4th August and winners will be announced

at a live virtual ceremony on 27th October 2021. To view last year’s winning

entries or make a nomination please visit www.scottishlandandestates.

Bell Ingram is delighted to

announce the promotion of

three Senior Associates and

the appointment of three new


Rhona Booth (Perth), Andrew

Fuller (Oban) and Charlotte

Gilfillan (Highland) are

promoted to Senior Associate,

while Jamie Cowie (Highland),

Alison Lowson (Perth) and

Alastair Skinner (Perth) are

appointed to Associate.

Mark Michell, Managing

Partner of Bell Ingram,

said: “At Bell Ingram, we

firmly believe in actively

promoting from within to

encourage our employees to

advance professionally. These

promotions demonstrate our

continuing commitment to

grow and expand our business

and to reward talented, hardworking



Chartered surveyor and RICS

Registered Valuer, Rhona

Booth joined the Perth office

in March 2020 and since then

has brought in new clients and

taken on the lead role on a

major management contract.

Rhona has also assumed

the role of APC training coordinator.

Andrew Fuller joined

Bell Ingram in 2018 after 14

years managing high-level

development projects in the

U.A.E. Under his guidance

Bell Ingram’s Estate Agency

business is becoming the goto

Agent for rural and higher

value properties in Argyll and


Charlotte Gillfillan joined

Bell Ingram in 2009, moving

from Forfar to Beauly in

2019 where she has been

a driving force in helping

to develop the Bell Ingram

Bell Ingram

boosts team with six

new associate appointments

brand in the Highlands. A

qualified chartered surveyor

and RICS Registered Valuer,

she specialises in Rural Estate


Dual qualified Jamie Cowie

joined Bell Ingram in 2003

as a forest manager before

going on to become a MRICS

qualified chartered surveyor.

Working out of the Highland

office he undertakes the

full range of professional

work - forestry management,

valuation, boundary disputes,

crofting work and his skills are

specifically sought after by

larger utilities clients.

Alastair Skinner joined Bell

Ingram in April 2011 as an IT

assistant before taking over

the role of IT Manager in 2019.

He has been instrumental

in developing our agile IT

infrastructure which has

enabled staff to work from

remote locations to provide an

ongoing service to our clients

across all areas of our business

during the pandemic.

Marketing Manager Alison

Lowson supports the business

with day-to-day marketing

and communications with an

emphasis on digital marketing,

content writing and social

media. Alison previously

worked as a newspaper editor

before joining Bell Ingram in

2019 after an 18-month stint

with a marketing agency. n

Bell Ingram is currently

recruiting for a number of

positions, including qualified

chartered surveyors and a head

of forestry. If you would like to

join our workforce, please feel

free to drop your CV for our

consideration. Full details at

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Jamie Cowie

Alison Lowson

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Discover what it’s

like to work at Bell


At Bell Ingram, our

people are at the

heart of the business delivering

consistently high standards of

professional service across all


Our rural land and business

specialists have expertise

spanning land management,

forestry, GIS mapping, estate

agency and architecture,

and pride themselves on a

highly personal approach,

outstanding service and

attention to detail.

The high levels of staff retention

also mean that our clients

can always be sure of dealing

with highly qualified and

experienced people.

Malcolm Taylor, Head of

Land Management, said: “At

Bell Ingram our priority is to

attract and retain the best

and brightest talent for our 10

offices across Scotland and the

North of England, and develop

their professional careers.

“Our Land Management

department has expanded in

recent years which I believe

is down to the outstanding

personal service we provide

to our clients. Despite the

challenges of the pandemic,

there remains significant

opportunities for estates and

farms. We are investing in the

future by further expanding

our team and are currently

recruiting qualified chartered

surveyors and wayleave officers

for a number of positions.”

If you are looking for a new

challenge, there is a rewarding

career waiting for you at Bell


Don’t just take our word for

it, read what two members

of our Land Management

department - Jamie Cowie and

John Kennedy - have to say

about working for Bell Ingram

and their own routes into the

rural sector, and find out more

about the opportunities we

have to join our team – www.

Jamie Cowie,

Rural Chartered

Surveyor and

Forest Manager


I can’t recall a

single eureka moment that led

me into working in the rural

scene. I grew up in Buckie,

a fishing village, and had no

immediate family in the rural

industries. We never holidayed

abroad, with trips being tentbased

excursions scattered

across the country.

Living in such an incredible

and diverse country meant my

interest grew, predominantly

in the physical geography and

nature, with land use, history

and people following on later.

In my teens, I started to

become more active in the

outdoors through hillwalking

and mountain biking. Moray

has a particularly high

percentage of forest cover for

the UK, and my attention soon

turned to trees. The idea of

having a career based indoors

and with no travel did not fill

me with any enthusiasm.

So off I went and spent five

years (including two student

placements with Forestry Land

Scotland (FLS) studying Forestry

at Inverness. About the time

of our final exams, Bell Ingram

was advertising for the position

of forest manager in Aberdeen.

I got the job and started in the

summer of 2003.

After a few interesting years,

I was offered the opportunity

to branch out into the slightly

different world of rural

surveying. Initially this was

predominantly based on a

Scottish Water project, but

eventually I ended up dabbling

in a range of other utility

projects. The opportunity to

diversify again presented itself,

so after a couple years of post

graduate distance learning I

became MRICS qualified in


Since then I have continued to

be involved in a variety of utility

projects, forestry management,

farm sales and valuations

ranging from Grangemouth

in the south, Peterhead in the

east, Aviemore in the middle,

Kyle of Lochalsh in the west

and Unst in the north.

My love of Scotland has only

grown, and I am fortunate to

be in a line of work that lets

me see and be a part of so

much of it. At Bell Ingram, you

are part of one of UK’s largest

independent firms of chartered

surveyors with an excellent

reputation and I get to work

with and meet an equally

interesting range of people.

John Kennedy,

Assistant Land

Agent (Forfar)

I am from the

Island of Coll in

the Inner Hebrides

where my family has a farm.

My Dad’s always talking about

retirement, but he’s been

talking about it since he was 50

and now that he’s 61 he’s busier

than ever. We’ve got about

500 sheep and 60 cattle at the

moment and also diversified

into a bit of house building and

contracting. You’ve got to be

resourceful when you live on a

small island!

Since I wasn’t going into the

family business straight away,

I was looking for a role that

would open doors for me

in terms of my professional

development, and I wanted to

work for a firm that really values

its staff. With my background

on the farm I also wanted a

career within a rural business

that offered the opportunity

to get outside and work with

others in the rural and agri


I joined Bell Ingram’s Forfar

office in February having

completed my BSc (Hons)

Agriculture at SRUC Edinburgh

and a Masters in Land Economy

at Aberdeen University.

Since then I’ve been assisting

Partner and Head of Land

Management Malcolm Taylor

and have involved in rural

estate and farm management,

valuations, property sales and

letting, and compensation

claims. This experience is

invaluable as I work towards my

APC and full membership of

RICS and


The best thing about being

a Land Agent is the balance

between being in the office

and on the ground, in fact

there’s rarely a week when I’m

sitting at the desk from 9-5.

No two days are ever the same,

and it’s extremely satisfying to

build up good relationships

with your clients and do the

best work for them.

There are many reasons to join

Bell Ingram but for someone

at my stage in the profession

I’d single out the excellent

training. The company offers

a programme of support to

enable APC trainees to progress

in the profession and reach

their full potential. Being a

larger firm, we can also access

regular in-house webinars

and talks from colleagues and

industry professionals. n

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Bell Ingram has always sold

amazing spaces in some

extraordinary places. But as

we ease out of lockdown,

our agents are seeing an


unprecedented demand

for lifestyle properties,

farms, forestry, crofts and

building plots.

In particular small “lifestyle” farm properties

offering diversification opportunities have

leapt in value as demand grew during a year


of lockdowns, with an increasing number

of buyers looking for land that can be used

for equestrian, tourism, small holding or

residential development.

Carl Warden, who heads our Estate Agency


division, says: “During lockdown house

hunting became a national pastime with

people re-evaluating the way they use

their homes. Work areas and good outdoor

spaces are must-haves for many people

these days, and we are also seeing an

increasing demand for properties that have

the potential to generate an additional


“There’s no doubt that the gradual return of

confidence to the property market has led

to high demand for these lifestyle properties

and this trend has been particularly marked

in the Highlands and on the West Coast.




The Stunning Lifestyle Opportunity

The Cuilcheanna

portfolio offers buyers

the opportunity to

acquire a wonderful

five-bedroom family

home and four wellestablished



“Good quality houses in these areas tend

to sell extremely quickly with interest

from buyers across the UK and even

internationally. In the face of the pandemic,

people are definitely seeking the comfort of

a rural bolthole.

“With such buoyancy, prices are often

Andrew Fuller, from Bell

Ingram’s Oban office,

says: “Cuilcheanna and

Cuilcheanna Cottages

is wonderful lifestyle

opportunity for those

looking to acquire

an established selfcatering


with various options to

operate the business

remotely or to take

advantage of the

wonderful surroundings

and stay in one of the


achieving a significant sum above the asking

price, and I’m delighted to report that signs

are very encouraging for the rest of 2021.”

Currently on the market through

Bell Ingram’s Oban, Perth and

Highland offices are the following:

Situated in a

prominent coastal

position within the

idyllic Highland

village of Onich at the

head of Loch Linnhe,

Cuilcheanna is set in

about 0.20 acres of

land. Onich benefits

from a cafe, hotel,

pub and restaurants.

A local primary school

is nearby with the

secondary schools in

Fort William, Strontian

and Kinlochleven.

The Corran Ferry

provides convenient

access to the


peninsula and from the

nearby coastal town

of Oban, there are

frequent sailings to the

ever-famous Hebridean

islands of Mull and Iona

as well as Colonsay,

Islay and Barra.

Fort William located

10 miles away, which

is referred to as the

Outdoor Capital of the

UK, is most famous

for being the gateway

to Ben Nevis and the

ski runs of the Nevis


Cuilcheanna is on

the market at offers

over £1,045,000. For

more information or

to arrange a viewing

contact Andrew Fuller

on 01631 567 791 or

email andrew.fuller@

The Diversified Farming Business

Davochfin Farm is a

unique farming business set

in a stunning location near

to the popular seaside town

of Dornoch in Sutherland

and just off the main A9

road and North Coast 500.

The property extends to

about 62.89 ha (155.38

acres) with a farmhouse and

a range of farm buildings,

four commercial trout lochs,

a caravan site and a golf

driving range.

Joanne Stennett from Bell

Ingram’s Beauly office, who

is handling the sale, said:

“This is a desirable and

unique package that offers

the perfect lifestyle for these


“Davochfin Farm provides

an excellent opportunity to

purchase a compact and

manageable farm business

which benefits from a

diversified income stream

with the opportunity for

the purchaser to carry out

further developments.

“In its idyllic position it

takes full advantage of

The Gorgeous Garden and

Home Office

Foxley House in Beauly is a beautifully presented five

bedroom detached property boasting a substantial home

office, set in an enviable location enjoying far-reaching

views to the Beauly Firth and the Kessock Bridge.

The stunning garden covers a large ground area (1.4 acres)

with sweeping lawns and well established planting. There

is a patio area outside the conservatory and the steps lead

up to an outdoor gazebo which matches the house with

a slate roof and tiled floor. It even boasts a wood-burning

stove to enable year-round use.

A paved path leads down through the garden to two

storage sheds and a wood store and there is an area of

natural woodland to the bottom of the garden which is a

haven for wildlife.

The property is in a quiet rural location close to the popular

villages of Beauly and Muir of Ord. Both offer a wide

range of amenities

and each has good

primary schools

leading onto excellent

further education with

the University of the

Highlands and Islands.

The City of Inverness

is about 14 miles away

and is the commercial

and business centre

for the Highlands of Scotland. Inverness Airport has daily

domestic and international flights along with excellent

public transport links and national rail connections.

Foxley House is on the market at offers over £575,000. For

more information or to arrange a viewing contact Joanne

Stennett on 01463 717799 or email joanne.stennett@

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the beautiful views to the

Dornoch Firth, this is a

property that we expect to

attract significant interest.”

The property offers a lovely

south-facing farmhouse

alongside a range of farm

buildings. The land, which

has been farmed by a

contractor for a number of

years, has good productive

capacity and has in recent

years grown a rotation of

barley and oats along with

temporary grass.

Davochfin is on the market

at offers over £850,000. For

more information or to arrange

a viewing contact Joanne

Stennett on

01463 717799 or email joanne.









The House Building Plot

Site 1 at Lower Achachenna offers buyers an opportunity

to acquire a prime development plot with outline planning

permission for a single residential dwelling.

The plot enjoys a wonderful countryside setting, not far from the

banks of Loch Awe, and is within easy walking distance from the

waters’ edge.

The site is accessed from the road by a newly constructed shared

private track which gives access to the land which extends to

about 0.06 ha, (0.15 acres). The surrounding land falls under the

same ownership and we are informed that additional land may

be available by separate negotiation.




The Intriguing



A former Ranger’s hut and a

large steading complex offers

an intriguing development

opportunity in south west

Scotland near Dumfries.

Located on the edge of

Mabie Forest and adjacent

to Mabie House Hotel, Mabie

Steadings has a number of

potential opportunities for redevelopment,


or diversification.

Mains services are close by for connection and it is envisaged that

a private septic tank will be installed as part of the construction


The plot has planning permission under planning reference

20/00994/PPP and it is expected that interest levels will be high,

and early viewing is recommended.

The land is located on the fringe of the popular village of

Kilchrenan. The village supports several prestigious hotels, a church,

village hall, a recently refurbished local inn and well-respected

primary school. Secondary education is undertaken at Oban.

Site 1 at Lower Achachenna is on the market at a guide price of

£120,000. For more information or to arrange a viewing contact

Andrew Fuller on 01631 567 791 or email andrew.fuller@

Mabie Steadings dates

from about1800, and is a

category B listed building. The

steadings comprise four stone

built ranges built around

a quadrangular courtyard,

most of which is single storey.

The north frontage is seen

from the main approach

up the driveway to Mabie

House Hotel and comprises a

symmetrical 7 bay crenelated

2 storey central tower. The

south range also has a central

tower, with a pyramidal roof,

topped with a ball finial. The

east and west ranges are low

single storey. The courtyard

entrance is on the east.

The Ranger Hut at Mabie is

a relatively modern office

building built during the

1970s and is a timber framed

and clad construction under

a felt roof. The hut comprises

a front office; large storage/

drying room; back office; two

WC’s; small drying room and

a large meeting room. The

hut sits on a plot extending to

about 0.1 ha (0.25 acres).

Mabie Steading and Ranger

Hut is on the market at offers

over £160,000. For more

information or to arrange a

viewing contact Lauren Howie

on 01292 886 544 or email


The Picturesque Coastal Croft

Croft 1 at Lettershuna is a

rare opportunity to acquire a

picturesque coastal croft on

the fringe of the ever-popular

village of Appin, with stunning

views of the iconic Castle


The croft extends to about

1.66 ha (4.10 acres) benefitting

from planning permission in

principle for the development

of a single 1½ story detached

residential dwelling. Further

details of the planning

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£150,000 £150,000

The Productive

Commercial Forest

Wester Dunsyston Forest, Chapelhall near

Airdrie is a well-located productive commercial

conifer forest with timber production, native

woodland, sporting, and amenity potential.

permission, along with

supporting information and a

comprehensive water report

are available from the sole

selling agent, Bell Ingram.

The woodland was primarily established in 1996

with Sitka spruce and other areas of mixed

conifers and broadleaves prior to this date. A first

thinning programme in the spruce stands was

carried out

about five years

ago and would

be suitable

for a second



loading and

turning facilities

were installed

prior to the

thinning progamme commencing, which is

more than adequate for future thinning and

felling operations. The pine and larch stands are

currently in good health with adequate growth

rates. On the southern perimeter lies a very

attractive mature mixed broadleaf woodland

which is bisected by the Shotts Burn.

Appin has a thriving

community, with amenities

such as post office, general

store and restaurant. A primary

school provides education for

younger children, whilst a high

school can be found in the

seaside town of Oban, around

25 minutes by car. Local buses

also serve Appin directly from


One of Scotland’s most

romantic castles, the muchphotographed

Castle Stalker,

occupies a tiny rock island just

north of the croft. A great way to

explore the area is cycling and

bikes can be hired in the local

area. A small passenger ferry

runs from Port Appin to the

neighbouring island of Lismore.

Other outdoor pursuit on

offer include boat hire, sailing,

windsurfing and water-skiing.

Croft 1 at Lettershuna is on the

market at offers over £150,000.

For more information or to

arrange a viewing contact

Andrew Fuller on

01631 567 791 or email

The property is generally enclosed within

stock fences and stone dykes. March fencing is

maintained on a mutual basis with neighbouring

owners, except along the public road where the

responsibility lies with the woodland owner.

The sporting rights are included and are currently

un-let. With a good network of rides and open

spaces there is a potential for good woodland

deer stalking of roe from high set and on foot.

Wester Dunsyston Forest is on the market at a

guide price of £365,000. For more information

or to arrange a viewing contact Moira Webley

on 01738 621 121 or email moira.webley@





Isle of Mull


a move to


stunning West


Bell Ingram is pleased to

announce the listing of

a collection of premium

properties located in Calgary

Bay, one of the most iconic

locations on the Isle of Mull.

They range from rarely

available coastal homes and

holiday lets, to a thriving

tearoom business, each

offering an exceptional lifestyle

opportunity and all located

in one of the most beautiful

island locations in Scotland.

To register your interest,

please email our team at or

call Andrew Fuller directly on

01631 567 791.

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Head Offce: Durn, Isla Road, Perth




Isla Road

Perth, PH2 7HF

Tel: 01738 621 121



2 Albert Street,

Aberdeen, AB25 1XQ

Tel: 01224 621 300



Low Nook, University of Cumbria

Rydal Road, Ambleside

Cumbria, LA22 9BB

Tel: 01539 896 101



33 Sandgate,

Ayr, KA7 1BG

Tel: 01292 886 544



Manor Street

Forfar, DD8 1EX

Tel: 01307 462 516



5 High Street

Beauly, IV4 7BS

Tel: 01463 717799



Ellington Business Centre

Lynemouth Road, Ellington

Morpeth, NE61 5HB

Tel: 01670 862 235



Blakemere Village, Chester Road

Sandiway, Northwich

Cheshire, CW8 2EB

Tel: 01606 523 030



5 Albany Street

Oban, PA34 4AR

Tel: 01631 566122



Thirsk Rural Business Centre

Blakey Lane, Thirsk

North Yorkshire, YO7 3AB

Tel: 01845 522 095


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