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Bowlts’ foresters, Dr Ben Lennon and Ben Watson, recently attended the Royal Highland Show in June, with the owner of Scaniport Estate, James Baillie, to receive one of Scotland’s most prestigious forestry awards. Darroch Wood on the Scaniport Estate, Inverness was awarded the 2019 John Kennedy Trophy for Multi-purpose Woodlands in the Quality Timber category. Presented by Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary, Fergus Ewing MSP, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP in attendance, the award recognises the high quality of the timber and multiple purpose benefits created in this woodland, which has been managed by Bowlts forestry team on behalf of the estate for the last twenty years.

In their summary, the judges concluded that “The stands of Douglas Fir and Larch in Darroch Woods can only be described as magnificent, both in terms of timber quality and visual appeal.  The conifers run into extensive oakwoods and both provide an exceptional backdrop for the network of footpaths through the wood and the walking/cycling route between Inverness and Dores.  This is high quality recreation.  The owner is committed to managing the woods as continuous cover forests which will safeguard the social, economic and environmental benefits for the long-term and given the quality of the timber, the woods currently, and will continue, to provide a significant economic benefit for the owner.”

We are delighted that our client’s efforts and commitment to their woodlands has been recognised in this way.



A three bedroom house in move-in condition which benefits from electric heating, a solid fuel stove and double glazing.  The property is served with mains electricity and water and sewerage is via a public main. 

The property lies within grounds extending to approximately 0.13 ha (0.32 acres) or thereby.

The grounds include a tarred drive, an area laid down to grass and a spacious log cabin. The cabin extends to 5.08m x 3.88m internally, is fitted with felt roof, double glazed windows, uPVC guttering and an electricity supply. It is currently used as a workshop/studio but may be suitable for conversion to other uses, subject to planning. 

Offers are invited in excess of £240,000.

This house (Lot 1) is part of three lots on offer, which can be acquired individually or as a whole. The second lot comprises of a residential development plot with Planning Permission in Principle and the third lot offers a short-term croft let. For more information, please download the schedule below.



Due to an increasing workload, we are looking to expand our rural practice department. Our office is based at Pluscarden, near Elgin, Moray. We currently have a staff of 15 and our core activity is property consultancy and rural estate management.

We are currently accepting applications for both a Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor as well as a Trainee Chartered Surveyor.

The successful applicants will join our rural practice team, which consists of four fully qualified land agents. Both positions are full-time, working Monday to Friday, and salary will be negotiable depending on experience.

If you would like to apply for either position, please email your CV and covering letter to



We are seeking to recruit an experienced Property Manager, to assist with all aspects of our Property Lettings and Sales Department.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management of our let property portfolio.  Applicants must have previous experience in the management of residential properties, together with a good understanding of current legislation regarding let properties and the PRT.  

A current driving licence and use of a car would be essential for this role.

The hours for this position are negotiable. 

If you would like to apply for any of the above positions, please email your CV and covering letter to

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