Grazing opportunities

Forest Enterprise Scotland has a duty to protect and enhance the environmental features of the National Forest Estate. We will also take opportunities to increase agricultural use of the Estate where this is consistent with our environmental objectives. Following our Starter Farms initiative, we now offer agricultural grazing opportunities on the Estate. Details of current grazing opportunities on National Forest Estate land can be found on this page.

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New entrants to agriculture

The Scottish Government is committed to helping New Entrants to Agriculture and those looking to progress from New Entrant status. To assist, applications for grazing land on the Estate will be weighted in favour of suitably qualified New Entrants and Progressors.

While the process favours New Entrants, there may be occasions when these applicants are unable to deliver our desired outcomes. We therefore welcome applications from established graziers/farmers.

Application process

Information on each of the sites and application forms are included within the downloadable site information packs listed below. Interested parties should complete the application form and return to the relevant Forest District office by the appropriate closing date.

Further Information

If you have any questions about a specific site, please contact the relevant Forest District office at:-

  • Cowal and Trossachs: 0300 067 6600
  • Dumfries and Borders: 0300 067 6900
  • Scottish Lowlands: 0300 067 6700
  • West Argyll: 0300 067 6673

Current opportunities

Site nameManaging FCS district officeLand detailsSite information packs

Ardentinny, Cowal Peninsula, Argyll & Bute

Cowal & Trossachs

Approx 1.42 hectares. Would suit sheep or horses. 5 Year SLDT

Lochgoilhead, Cowal Peninsula, Argyll & Bute

Cowal & Trossachs

Approx 1.5 hectares. Would suit sheep or horses. 5 Year SLDT

Aucheninnes, Dalbeattie

Dumfries & Borders

Approx. 77.5 Ha. Would suit cattle or sheep. 6 months Grazing Lease only to October 2017.

Craigend, Mabie, Dumfries

Dumfries & Borders

Approx. 16.7 Ha. Offered as a conservation grazing for cattle or sheep only. 5 Year SLDT.

Craik, by Roberton

Dumfries & Borders

Approx. 12.05 Ha. Would suit Cattle or Sheep. Good fields with troughed and natural water. 5 Year SLDT.

Ironhurst, By Dumfries

Dumfries & Borders

Approx. 63 Ha. Offered as a conservation grazing for sheep. Well fenced area with desired output of raised bog restoration/regen control – Natural Water.

Knockenshang, by Ae Village

Dumfries & Borders

Approx. 12.33 Ha. Would suit Cattle or Sheep. 5 Year SLDT.

Glendevon, Lesmahagow

Scottish Lowlands

Approx 1.4 hectares suitable for either stock or horses. 5 year SLDT

Keir, Devilla, Kincardine

Scottish Lowlands

Approx 3.66 hectares. Would suit horses or cattle. 5 Year SLDT

Lot C, Hillside, Auchlochan, South Lanarkshire

Scottish Lowlands

Approx. 2.0 hectares of well fenced land. 5 Year SLDT.

Muirmill, by Blairingone, Perth & Kinross

Scottish Lowlands

Approx. 2.8 hectares of well fenced grazing in 2 lots. 5 Year SLDT.

Wilsontown, Lot 1, Forth, South Lanarkshire

Scottish Lowlands

Conservation grazing of approx. 10.9 hectares. Sheep only. 11.5 month grazing lease.

Barnagad and Dunans, Achnamara, Argyll & Bute

West Argyll

Two fields Approx 6.09 and 1.1 hectares. Offered as a conservation grazing for cattle only. 5 Year SLDT

Dalavich Area 1, Loch Aweside, Argyll & Bute

West Argyll

Approx 5.09 hectares. Would suit sheep or horses. 5 Year SLDT

Dalavich Area 2, Loch Aweside, Argyll & Bute

West Argyll

Approx 2.32 hectares. Would suit sheep, horses or alpaca's. 5 Year SLDT

Faery Isles, Tayvallich, Argyll & Bute

West Argyll

Approx 71.25 hectares. Offered as a conservation grazing for cattle only. 5 Year SLDT