About Us

Meet the team here at highland Rural

First and foremost, we are a group of friends who each have a background in rural business. Some of the directors are former colleagues and there are many similarities about the stages of our professional lives. We are drawn together by a common goal; to service the growing need for rural property owners and occupiers to have access to practical and professional advice, at a reasonable price. In Dingwall & Highland Marts, we have a partner who shares many of our values and ambitions. We are focussed on the Highlands & Islands, though are happy to work across Scotland, and we want to give a personal service where the directors are always available and want to know and understand you and your business. By being located at the Mart, we want our office and our team to be open and accessible to you.

We are always sorry to hear examples of people who made decisions because they didn’t think they would bother their agent or that the agent might not be interested in something; please let us be the judge of that. If you have any sense of needing advice, some direction or even just to bounce an idea off someone else, please get in touch on an absolutely no-obligation basis, we will listen to you and tell you if we can help, and if so, how.

The farm and estate management sector is changing. Margins are squeezed and for a lot of people, things cannot just continue in line with tradition anymore. Many sectors are in decline, and the bureaucratic and administrative burden on rural businesses increases seemingly without end, but there remain huge opportunities. These opportunities can be harder to see when you are very close to them, and sometimes a conversation or review with a fresh pair of eyes can see things that might be overlooked. Land use is changing and there are opportunities and external demands that can be converted into valuable income streams.

Nigel Fraser

After time working in Edinburgh and Aberdeenshire, Nigel returned home to Strathglass where he and his family have a tourism and property business which he runs with his wife, with no help from their 3 children. Nigel has worked in the land management sector for around 20 years and aside from his wide experience of rural property management and diversification, Nigel specialises in renewable energy, and now works quite extensively throughout the UK on offshore and onshore wind and solar development. When not acting for clients, Nigel is usually trying to maintain and wherever possible, enhance the environment around his family home. Call Nigel today on 07951224926 or click below.

John Fyall

John studied Agriculture in Edinburgh and commenced work in his native East Lothian in the arable sector before becoming an auctioneer in Aberdeenshire and then the Highlands. He returned to Aberdeenshire to farm and built up a sheep and beef business whilst working for a National Land Agent‘s firm before ultimately founding his own valuation business. J D Fyall has represented farmers, construction firms and other agents on major infrastructure projects and CPO schemes. Outside work, John is a past Chairman of The National Sheep Association in Scotland. He and his 3 legged Collie Sue keep their hand in with occasional sheep work and regular commentaries through the summer show season. Through winter he likes to renew his acquaintances in local food and his appreciative figure is known to burger vans, delicatessens and farm shops throughout rural Scotland. Call John today on 07837291258 or click below.

Philippa (Pippa) Cliff

BSc (Hons) MSc MRICS
Born and bred in the Borders, Pippa moved to the Highlands in 2008, came to terms with midges and now considers it home. With a degree in Agriculture and Animal Science, and a subsequent Master’s Degree in Rural Estate Management, she has a good base of knowledge upon which she has developed a strong track record in estate management, rural property advice and valuation. Her “can do” attitude and ethos of delivering what she commits to, means she offers a reliable and forward thinking service. She lives on a small holding on the Black Isle where her interests in livestock have flourished, but only if you can saddle it. In addition to her equine-pursuits, Pippa enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs, and loves skiing. Call Pippa today on 07842725601 or click below.

Dingwall and Highland Marts

“Dingwall Mart” as it is known is an independent company providing specialist livestock marketing services to the Highlands and Islands. They have regular large implement and private tender sales and through the “Frasers” brand have a popular antique, furniture and chattels sale weekly and online. The mart offers a range of marketing advice and livestock and machinery/ farm asset valuation which compliments the services of Highland Rural Ltd. Dingwall and Highland Marts have an ambition to continue to develop their site as a Rural Hub for North Scotland providing sustainable local employment and a service centre for industry and leisure alike.

Mary Bowman

A passion to understand all things rural led Mary to work in farming, field sports and equestrian jobs across six different counties in northern Scotland, before briefly returning to her homeland of Edinburgh to study a Rural Business Management degree. Her rounded experience of the sector gives her a strong advantage in the management of a wide range of rural properties, though she has also worked in roles specifically focused on renewables and natural capital since training as a rural surveyor. Now settled in a house by the beach on the Moray Firth, outside of office hours Mary can usually be found in the sea, on a bike or up a mountain – never without her black Labrador Luna by her side. Call Mary today on 07472 404 681 or click below.

Debra Ryles

Before joining Highland Rural, Debra spent 13 years working with Inverness based rural surveyors and foresters providing admin and mapping support. Debra runs our Highland Rural office combining efficiency and professionalism with a wicked sense of humour. When not working at Highland Rural she can be found training for running events, taking a quick dip in the sea, drinking coffee, actively involved in a local diabetes charity group and last but not least encouraging her children from the side lines of a shinty pitch. Call Debra today on 07360 143 576 or click below.
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