Take in the shifting sands in a beachside home

A seaside home with easy access to the water could even improve your mental health, says Kirsty McLuckie.

There are real benefits in relocating to live by the sea. Evidence suggests that people with an ocean view are happier than their landlocked neighbours.But to go one step further and live a few steps from a beach opens up possibilities of a regular morning swim, childhood days spent with a bucket and spade, or the luxury of being able to launch your own boat from the doorstep.

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Savills is marketing The Salmon Hut, a modern cottage in a breathtaking position on the Hebridean Isle of Mull, yards from the beach, with spectacular views over Uisken Bay to Jura and Scarba.The cottage is immaculately presented, with exposed oak beams and an open fireplace. There are sliding glazed doors to a paved terrace. The property is enclosed by lawned gardens and the fine beach-facing patio.

The front of The Salmon Hut

Peter Gillespie of Savills says: “With beautiful shifting skies and an amazing array of bird and other wildlife frequently seen from The Salmon Hut, including sea and golden eagles, otters and dolphins, this is a property that is blessed with an ever-changing view.”

Pier Cottage, Glenstriven. Offers over £325,000. Contact Strutt and Parker on 0131-718 4481.

For owners of a yacht, Pier Cottage on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll is a private house, with its own pier. It is situated in the middle of some of the most famous sailing waters in the world and would allow an owner to hop on board at low or high tide without even the need for a tender.

The apartment in Lomond Castle is priced at offers over £495,000.Contact Clyde Property on 01436 670780.

Lomond Castle was built on the shores of Loch Lomond in 1860. Recently converted into apartments, a ground-floor three-bedroomed home of over 2,000sq ft is for sale, with direct loch access, a shingle beach and a jetty.

Inchmarnock is a whole island for sale at offers over £1.4m, contact Strutt and Parker on 0131-516 7020.

For those seeking a true coastal retreat, the island of Inchmarnock, in the Firth of Clyde is for sale. It is two and a half miles long and comes with a three-bedroomed house and working cattle farm. The island is served by its own ferry.

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6, King Street, Portnahaven, Isle of Islay is for sale for offers over £125,000, contact Stewart, Balfour and Sutherland on 01586 553737.

For more modest tastes, the pretty village of Portnahaven on Islay consists of fishermen’s cottages around a sandy beach and a bay usually full of seals.

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