Alvie and Dalraddy - Voluntary Registration of the Estate Land

Alvie and Dalraddy Estates

Jamie Williamson is the owner and manager of Alvie & Dalraddy Estates near Aviemore, which straddles the Monadhliath Mountains to the west and the Cairngorm National Park to the east. He met with Registers of Scotland (RoS) in 2015 at an event in Inverness set up jointly with Scottish Land & Estates (SLE). The aim was to inform members about the Scottish Government policy on Land Registration.

In May 2014, Scottish ministers asked the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland to complete the land register by 2024, and to register all public land by 2019. The Land Registration etc (Scotland) Act 2012 provides a statutory framework for the completion of the land register.

When a property is sold, it automatically moves to the land register through an application by the purchaser. But because many properties rarely or never change hands, sales on their own aren’t enough to complete the land register, and other methods are being applied to the task to ensure the 2024 deadline is met.

Jamie has opted to register all the land at Alvie and Dalraddy voluntarily to ensure he has as much control over the process as possible, and he is convinced this should ensure the best possible outcome for him.

He was clear that having his land on the Land Register would give him and his neighbours’ clarity over long standing boundaries. It would also make future land and building transactions easier, quicker and cheaper, and would make his management of the land more effective, allowing the next generation to receive a well organised Estate when the time comes. In addition, he would receive a 25% discount for early registration.

Jamie had several early discussions with staff at RoS who were able to advise how he should approach the tasks. He has been able, with the support of his staff, to translate the scrolls, maps and titles in the family archives into a modern digital format which can be understood by the RoS team.

He has uncovered the odd boundary anomaly which he is now discussing with his respective neighbours, but despite the complexities he remains firmly in favour of joining the Land Register and taking Alvie and Dalraddy into a new era.