Savills | Auchenlongford Forestry & Farm, Sorn, Mauchline, East Ayrshire, KA5 6JF | Property for sale
9.60 to 2,049 Ac(3.88 to 829.20 Ha)
Asking price £30,000 -​ £8,250,000

Auchenlongford Forestry & FarmSorn, Mauchline, East Ayrshire, KA5 6JF

  • Available in lots

Key features

  • CLOSING DATE - 22 SEPTEMBER - 12 NOON592 hectares (1,463 acres) established forestry
  • 230 hectares (569 acres) farmland
  • Auchenlongford Farmhouse (2 reception rooms, 4 bedrooms) Range of traditional and modern farm buildings
  • Woodside Cottage (1 reception room, 3 bedrooms) with 9 acres
  • 1.9 miles salmon fishing on the River Ayr
  • About 832 hectares (2,056 acres) in total
  • For sale as a whole or in 5 lots

A rare opportunity to purchase a mixed forestry and agricultural portfolio in the productive timber area of southern Scotland.

About this property

  • Lot 1: Auchenlongford Farm and Merkland Farmland
    Compact livestock unit
    Four bedroom farmhouse
    Traditional and modern farm buildings
    Land at Auchenlongford about 119ha
    Land at Merkland about 111ha
    Includes woodland and other land extending to about 19ha
    Extending to about 230ha

    Lot 2: Auchenlongford Forest (Including Merkland Woods)
    Mixed age conifer forest extending to 338ha
    Incudes 120ha mid-rotation timber
    Younger plantings dating from 2004, 2006, 2018 and a small area in 2021
    Good access onto B743

    Lot 3: Woodside Cottage
    Well-presented detached 3 bedroom bungalow
    Attractive lawned garden
    Uninterrupted views over the surrounding countryside
    Grazing land approximately 3.6ha
    Extending to about to 3.90ha in total

    Lot 4: Upper Heilar Forest
    Mixed rotation forest extending to about 254ha
    Substantial volume of mature timber ready for harvesting
    Areas of high Yield Class second rotation spruce timber
    Opportunities for peatland restoration

    Lot 5: 1.9 miles of River Ayr
    1.9 miles salmon fishing on the River Ayr
    Rights to fish for trout and salmon from the north bank
    Leased to the local angling club on an annual basis
    Fishing records available upon request
    Extending to about 5.70 ha in total

    The Auchenlongford Forestry and Farm Portfolio is an established agricultural and forestry landholding located in the southwest of Scotland offering a fantastic investment opportunity, extending to 832 hectares (2,056 acres) in total, 592 hectares (1,463 acres) of which is established forestry and 230 hectares (569 acres) of which is farmland

    Auchenlongford Farm (including the farm buildings and farmhouse) sits to the north of the B743 public road, whilst Merkland farmland, sits to the south of the B743. Woodside Cottage is located adjacent to Auchenlongford Farm and includes 9 acres.

    The area of commercial forestry extends to about 592 hectares (1463 acres) and comprises two larger blocks, Auchenlongford and Upper Heilar, and a more recently planted area around Merkland Farm. In addition to the area of commercial forestry there are older mixed riparian woodlands present around the River Ayr and some small woodlands within the farm.

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Local information

  • The Auchenlongford Forestry and Farm Portfolio is located within East Ayrshire, an area renowned for forestry and farming. The predominant land use in the surrounding area is a mixture of farming and forestry. Whilst the locality is distinctly rural in character with its scenic rolling landscape, the portfolio benefits from close proximity to the M77, linking Glasgow to Ayr, and the M74, linking Edinburgh to Carlisle. The property is made up of a number of individual forestry plantations and a farm brought together into a single ownership, located either side of the River Ayr.

Additional information

  • Lot 1 Auchenlongford Farm 230.39ha (569.29 acres) Auchenlongford Farm is a compact livestock unit extending to about 230 hectares (569 acres) in total with a traditional four bedroom farmhouse. The farm is equipped with a good range of buildings including traditional byres and a modern sheep shed at Auchenlongford and a single shed at Merkland. The land is split by the public road with Auchenlongford to the north of the B743 extending to about 119 hectares (294 acres), lying from 240m to 417m above sea level. Merkland to the south of the B743 extends to 111 hectares (275 acres) and is lower lying at 150m to 220m above sea level and is split into two separate parcels by existing forestry forming part of Lot 2. There are approximately 19 hectares (48 acres) of woodland and other land within the Lot.
  • Lot 2 Auchenlongford Forest 338.16ha (835.59 acres)Auchenlongford Forest extends to 338 hectares (835 acres). The main part is situated to the north of the B743 and was principally established over two phases in 1974 and 1994. Some restructuring has occurred in the older timber with second rotation plantings dating from 2004, 2018 and a small area in 2021. There is a good core of maturing timber and some parts of the crop have been line thinned. The forest extends south of the B743 through a series of plantations down to the River Ayr. These woodlands are generally younger and include areas planted in 2006 and 2019. The purchaser will benefit from two further years of FGS maintenance payments at £4,640 per annum, and 15.49 hectares of Region 2 BPS entitlements are available. The current weighted average age is 21 years old, so on average mid-rotation, with 42 hectares still in the establishment phase. Growth rates vary across the site determined by soil type and are generally good, recorded at up to Yield Class 20. A detailed compartment schedule is available on request from the Selling Agents.
  • Lot 3 Woodside Cottage 3.90ha (9.64 acres)
  • Woodside Cottage, situated to the west of Auchenlongford Farmhouse, is a modern detached bungalow of rendered blockwork and slate construction enjoying a large plot of land extending to 9.6 acres, with a detached garage. The bungalow was built in 2008 and is presented in good condition throughout. Comprising a dining kitchen with fitted units, integrated appliances such as dishwasher, fridge/freezer, electric hob and double oven, along with a generous reception area with space for a dining table. The room benefits from being dual aspect and includes doors to an attractive patio area enjoying views to the open countryside.
  • Lot 4 Upper Heilar Forest 254.15ha (628.00 acres)
  • Upper Heilar is situated on the south side of the River Ayr and occupies an area of relatively flat land at the north edge of Airds Moss. The total forest area is 254 hectares (628 acres) and Sitka Spruce extends to 166ha or 66% of the lot area. Mixed Conifers, including Norway Spruce, Hybrid Larch and Lodgepole Pine extend to a further 42ha giving a conifer area of the forest at 208ha or 82% of the overall area, with a substantial volume of mature timber ready for harvesting. The forest was originally established in phases between 1971 and 1974. Restructuring commenced in 2008 with areas along the river felled and replanted so the forest is mixed rotation. The current weighted average age is 35 years old, so on average late-rotation.
  • Lot 5 River Ayr Fishings 5.70ha (14.08 acres)
  • Lot 5 comprises a 1.9 mile stretch of the River Ayr extending to about 14 acres, including the rights to fish for trout and for salmon from the north bank as shown between points E and F on the sale plan.
  • Directions: From the M74 northbound take junction 12 (junction 11 for southbound) and follow the signs for the A70 for Ayr. Head west on the A70 through the villages of Douglas and Muirkirk / Smallburn. Follow the A70 for a further 2 miles and turn right on to the B743 towards Sorn. Auchenlongford Forest entrance is approximately 3.9 miles on the right hand side. Merkland entrance is the next on the left hand side and Auchenlongford Farm entrance is further along the B743 on the right hand side. Lot 1 and 3 access from B743: lyricism.slogans.variously Lot 2 access from B743: • south section: feels.protests.showcases • north section: prospered.salads.credible Lot 4 and 5 access from public road: acids.fixated.memo Viewing Viewing of Lots 1 and 3 is strictly by arrangement with the Selling Agents to gain access into the properties. Viewing of Lots 2, 4 and 5 may be undertaken at any time during daylight hours so long as viewers are in possession of a set of these sale particulars. There are locked gates into Lots 2, 4 and 5 and viewing parties will need to obtain the padlock codes from the Selling Agents. For your own personal safety please be aware of potential hazards on farmland and within the forests when viewing
  • EPC Rating = F