Garbh Allt Community Initiative Estate’s acquisition of a historic crofting estate in West Helmsdale.


Garbh Allt Community Initiative Estate has bought out the Sutherland Estates’ crofting townships of Portgower, Gartymore, West Helmsdale and Marrel.

The Scottish government-funded Scottish Land Fund and an SSE community fund contributed towards the £250,000 purchase price.

New homes and rewilding are being considered for areas of the land.

Sutherland Estates approached local grazing committees, groups managing the raising of livestock at the townships, about its plan to sell the land.

Harper Macleod has advised a community in Sutherland on the deal with a team led by partner Calum MacLeod.

Involved fees earner: Calum MacLeod – Harper Macleod;

Law Firms: Harper Macleod;

Clients: Garbh Allt Community Initiative Estate;