One of Scotland’s largest landowners has put almost 9,000 acres of agricultural and forestry land on the market.
Identified as the “Evertown portfolio” the land if offered as a whole or in 18 separate lot. It is all close to the A7 road to the south of Langholm at Canonbie in Dumfries and Galloway.
Buccleuch, responsible for the business interests of the Buccleuch family, has said any sale of land encompassing tenanted farms would see current leasing agreements honoured.
Tenant farmers who live on their farms on long-term tenancies have been offered the opportunity to purchase their farms ahead of the open sale process.
Farms currently occupied on 1991 Act tenancies, which are secure agricultural leases, are not part of the sale.
Buccleuch chief executive John Glen said: “As the Buccleuch business continues to evolve, we have to reflect the fact that the productive use of land is a far more complex proposition than it was previously.
"We are committed to achieving the best use of land possible and part of that strategy involves reducing our footprint. These land holdings being brought to market offer a wide variety of opportunities for prospective owners.
“Selling land will allow Buccleuch to care for its remaining holdings more manageably whilst enabling the business to invest the capital it raises in other parts of our rural enterprises.”