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A Gateway to Moray and North Scotland

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Ease of Access

Altyre is situated 2 miles south of the market town of Forres off the A 940 and 3 miles from the A96 the main east - west arterial route connecting the two primary economies of northern Scotland at Inverness and Aberdeen. The Estate is 20 miles from Inverness Airport and 28 miles from the city centre. It is 78 miles from Aberdeen. The main entrance to estate lies on the A940 the principal route to Grantown on Spey and to one of Scotland’s chief tourism centres the Cairngorms National Park.

Connected with Regional Economic Objectives

Altyre is particularly well placed for investment and enterprise in Moray an area of exceptional environmental quality and a key focus for growth and inward investment supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise. It is located close to the regional centre of Elgin and is within a 10 minute drive of one of North Scotland’s fastest growing centres of development the Moray Firth. The Moray Council strategy action plan has identified and is enabling a range of projects with opportunities for investment in life sciences, technology, engineering, renewable energy, broadband and tourism. The estate is already embedded with some of these objectives and intends to enable further opportunities and partnering within its land and buildings.

An Emerging Centre for Learning & Research

Altyre is also proving to be well suited to the growth ambitions of some of North Scotland’s leading universities. The completion of works at Blairs Farm in spring 2016 concludes the first phase development of Glasgow School of Art’s ‘creative campus’ –a national centre for design and innovation and for PhD studentship. A second phase development will follow on as part of a planned expansion of the research and teaching programme. The estate is also restoring other buildings as post graduate accommodation. Elsewhere Altyre has close links with the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and work is under way to develop these further between 2016 and 2020. Altyre has a particular interest in partnering and hosting initiatives to develop STEM –based learning, apprenticeships and youth enterprise.

A Rural Hub

It is our continuing aim to grow and improve Altyre as a ‘rural hub’ within Moray that promotes the estate as both a location for business but also as valued contributor to the local supply chain. The more we strengthen the estate economy the more we can contribute to Moray’s wider vitality and help sustain thriving rural communities. The estate’s resources and assets –land, buildings, forestry, agriculture, renewable energy, its habitats and its rural pursuits and our people are all playing a role in local regeneration.

Traditional Values, Forward Thinking

Overall, the Estate extends to 13,000 acres of which 7,000 acres is sustainable woodland; there is a grouse moor of 4,000 acres and a substantial area of land is under arable farming and beef production. Altyre also comprises 40 residential properties, an exceptional listed stable courtyard, the shell of the late 12th/13th century Altyre Parish Church, an unusual Victorian corrugated metal church and a portfolio of striking architectural and environmental assets. Together, they form part of a traditional and classic estate economy and a sound and proven basis for current and future diversification.

Our aim is to establish Altyre as the 'rural hub' within Moray and as a regional 'gateway' to innovation, enterprise and investment.
Altyre Estate Forres IV36 2SH | Tel (0)1309 672265 E-mail
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