Economic Report on Scottish Agriculture, 2016

Presents an overall picture of Scottish agriculture using data from the various agricultural surveys that RESAS manage.

2.8 Rented land (Table C28)

Just under a quarter of agricultural land in Scotland was rented under a lease lasting one year or more; about 1.32 million hectares. The proportion of land under these tenancies has fallen steadily over time, with the area dropping again in 2015. However, in recent years, this reduction has been offset, in numerical terms at least, by a general increase in seasonal let land which, in 2014, accounted for 0.77 million hectares, or 13 per cent of agricultural land. Note that data on seasonal tenancies are not available for 2015.

Map 7 shows the geographic distribution of tenanted land (excluding crofts). Tenanted land was more prevalent south of the central belt, in Angus and Moray, and around the mouth of the Clyde.

Map 7: Percentage of tenanted agricultural land by parish in 2015 (excluding tenanted croft land)

Map 7 Percentage of tenanted agricultural land, by parish

More detailed information on tenancies is available in the separate publication, please see


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