a Scottish landscape
 

Progress

Our aim is to cover 75% of the privately-owned rural land in Scotland.

Of the 18 483 004 acres of rural land, 2 275 768 acres are in the ownership of public bodies and 16 207 236 acres are in the ownership of private bodies.

The survey is designed to eventually capture 75% of privately-owned rural land and thus the target acreage is 12,155 ,427 acres. I estimate that this will comprise all landholdings above a threshold of around 400 acres.

In order to do this I plan to expand the site county by county including initially only the largest properties (those over around 500 acres). One this is done, it will become clearer how much is left to do and the gaps can be filled in by progressively lowering the property acreage threshold until we have achieved the 75% target.

Current Coverage

As of April 2013 the website contains:

1947 landholdings covering 9,826,891 acres

which, when added to 1,535,063 acres of Forestry Commission land in counties on the website

means that we have accounted for 59.5% of Scotland

or means that we have accounted for 60.6% of privately-owned rural land in Scotland

broken down as follows:

county no. holdings private holdings acres FC acres Other Public total acres % of county/country
Aberdeen 73 524,328 57,667 0 581,995 46.1
Angus 17 190,511 10,122 0 200,633 35.9
Argyll 353 1,354,345 372,119 0 1,718,555 86.3
Ayr 53 148,029 95,362 2915 246,486 34.0
Banff 5 121,390 19,977 51,495 192,862 47.9
Bute 24 97,844 27,170 0 125,014 89.5
Caithness 94 28,1210 18,912 0 300,122 68.4
Dumbarton 24 63,223 5,327 11,852 80,402 52.1
Dumfries 23 228,723 58,802 15,830 303,355 44.1
East Lothian 144 111,324 0 100 111,424 65.1
Inverness 264 1,770,539 249,291 0 2,019,811 74.9
Kincardine 28 72,425 24,506 0 96,931 39.7
Kirkcudbright 34 88,266 146,506 0 234,772 40.9
Lanark 70 167,033 6660 0 173,693 30.2
Midlothian 23 64,197 2663 0 70,070 29.9
Moray 22 131,328 29,567 0 160,895 52.8
Nairn 52 93,959 3,463 0 97,422 93.4
Peebles 35 109,194 15,716 5,790 130,700 58.8
Perth 150 958,937 120,312 30,569 1,109,818 69.5
Ross & Cromarty 145 1,421,340 119,492 0 1,540,832 77.9
Roxburgh 80 205,953 37,537 0 243,490 57.2
Selkirk 61 141,321 7,910 1,737 150,968 88.2
Stirling 32 60,104 26,603 10,207 96,914 33.6
Sutherland 127 1,164,300 57,004 42,176 1,263,480 97.4
Wigtown 13 80,412 22,375 0 102,787 32.9
1,947 9,826,891 1,535,063 175,881 11,353,4507 59.5