Auchlunkart lies in a sheltered, private position 5 miles northeast of the village of Craigellachie in the heart of Scotland's Speyside region. On the border between Moray and Aberdeenshire, the area is renowned for its fishing, whisky distilleries and serene riverine landscapes. Easily accessible but retaining its privacy on account of its natural topography, Auchlunkart offers wonderful views across its garden grounds, woodlands and pasture land.
Keith (7 miles), proclaimed as 'the friendly town', is a bustling and welcoming town offering a wide range of local shops and services including a supermarket, post office, a secondary and primary school and a selection of cafés and restaurants. The town is bisected by the River Isla and is the start of Scotland's famous Malt Whisky Trail.
Aberdeen is a vibrant city with its corporate headquarters, universities and colleges, and provides all the services expected of a major city. Aberdeen has long been the Oil Capital of Scotland, with its focus having recently shifted to renewable and sustainable energy as Scotland prepares to be net zero by 2045.There are various private schools within reach of Auchlunkart, with the closest being Aberlour Preparatory School (ages 6 – 12) and Gordonstoun School (ages 13 – 18), both near Elgin (15 miles) and offering day and boarding education for boys and girls.
The area is well served by a variety of transport links. The A96 trunk road offers direct access southwards to Aberdeen, from where Aberdeen Airport at Dyce (50 miles) offers daily domestic services to some of the major cities in the UK and Europe. There are direct train links from Keith to Inverness and Aberdeen, from where there are direct services to London, including a sleeper service.
The estate is ideally positioned to take advantage of all that Scotland has to offer. For the traditional country sportsman, the season begins with salmon fishing on the River Spey, Scotland's second longest river, on the 15th January and runs to 15th October. Stalking, grouse and pheasant shooting may be taken in season on one of the many estates in Aberdeenshire, Moray or the Highland Glens a short drive away. The Grampian Mountains, predominately to the south and west, offer spectacular walking and climbing and the opportunity to ski when conditions are favourable. To the north, the coastline of the Moray Firth draws visitors to its beaches, cliffs and water sport opportunities.
The property for sale extends to 96 acres and comprises the mansion house known as Auchlunkart House set in magnificent policies together with surrounding farmland and woodland. Included in the sale is the West Lodge and the former walled garden.
The estate is bounded to the south and east by areas of farmland and to the north and west by the A95 road. The house occupies a peaceful position in the centre of the estate with the Burn of Auchlunkart running though the mixed woodland policies to the rear of the house, bringing a tranquil and quintessentially Scottish aura to the property.
West Lodge is located on the western boundary, from where the private access road leads through the estate land to the main house. The walled garden lies in an elevated position just past West Lodge. Now unused, the garden was once an integral source of the home-grown produce consumed on the estate.
The wider grounds include approximately 30 acres of grass paddocks and grazing land. There is also a stand of commercial conifers of varying ages with some nearing maturity.
From the A96 crossing the River Isla into Keith, follow the A95 towards Craigellachie. After 4.5 miles at the hamlet of Mulben, turn off at the junction signposted for Craigellachie and remain on the A95. Continue for a further 1.7 miles where, when the road straightens after a long sweeping bend, West Lodge is on the left hand side. Take the junction at West Lodge onto the private access road into the estate.
The postcode (for sat nav purposes) is AB55 6XN.