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The Abergeldie brochure says that the sale of the estate presents a ‘historic opportunity’, and it will prove extremely desirable to a great many people. The estate is bordered to the north by the River Dee – one of the world’s most famous fishing rivers – and the sporting sustainability and forestry opportunities are numerous. Fraser & Mulligan, the selling agents, said that Abergeldie offered ‘an unmissable chance for a purchaser to acquire and reshape an iconic part of Royal Deeside, a truly remarkable location that holds huge investment potential in one of the largest estates in Scotland to ever go on sale.’

Balmoral Castle amongst the estateJOHN BRACEGIRDLE / Alamy Stock Photo

Part of the Cairngorms National Park – a glory of wilderness and home to four of the five highest mountains in the UK – it also includes 35 residential buildings, ranging from homes, cottages and farmhouses to lodges.

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A big question is who will buy it – valued at £23 million it is likely to command one of the highest purchase prices. Scottish estates, in recent times, have drawn super-rich buyers from overseas – from Russia, Australia and Denmark to name but a few. Anders Holch Povlsen, the Danish retail billionaire – now the ‘UK’s largest private landowner’  – is pioneering the rewilding movement across his multiple estates in Scotland. In 2017 the 21,000-acre Tulchan estate, 40 miles north of Abergeldie, sold for £25 million to Russian vodka billionaire, Yuri Schefler – and it has been morphed into an all-singing, all-dancing private members’ club.

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