Voluntary Registration of Rural Property

Key contact

Morton Fraser Partner Matthew Barclay
Matthew Barclay
Matthew is a partner in the Agricultural & Rural team in the Edinburgh office.
0131 247 1079

Having a Land Registered title provides greater certainty about the extent of the title and the rights and burdens which affect it. The end result is a digital Title Sheet which has as one of its constituent parts, an accurate plan of the land in question: whereas titles in the historic Saines Register often have unclear - sometimes barely legible - title descriptions and sometimes no underlying title plan.

How we can help you 

Given that it is intended that every landholding in Scotland is to be entered onto the Land Register, by choosing to voluntarily register your property now, you will be in control of the registration process.

Our team at Morton Fraser has a wealth of experience in handling the voluntary registration of rural titles, from individual fields and rural houses, to some of the largest and most complex landholdings in Scotland.

We view the process of voluntary registration as comprising three stages:


Meet with you and discuss your preferred means of working and conduct a review of the titles you have available. This ensures the work to be undertaken meets your bespoke requirements.


Assess the work involved and propose a fixed fee quote for the work involved. This identifies issues at an early stage to enable a more accurate costing, as well as informing timing.


Completing a substantive examination of the title and mapping exercise and keeping you updated throughout the process all the way up to submission of the application. This ensures matters proceed in accordance with your agreed project plan and meets your objectives.