Tired of the rat race? Scotland’s island properties offer a refreshing range of choice, finds Kirsty McLuckie.
Living on a Scottish isle is a dream for many people, drawn to the idea of stepping out of the mainland rat race, finding one’s own space among beautiful landscape and becoming part of a tight-knit community.
Scotland has roughly 790 islands and homes available on them range from townhouses in well connected locations to rural properties with land and even whole islands for a real sense of being lord or lady of all you survey.
Ceol Na Mara is a spacious home on the isle of Coll, with stunning views in a sought-after location on the edge of the village of Arinagour and within walking distance of a primary school.
The property is suited for permanent use and would make a lovely family home.
Ceol Na Mara is situated in an elevated position to maximise the sea views to Arinagour Bay, the Treshnish Isles and Dutchman’s Cap.
Nicky Archibald, who is handling the sale for Galbraith, said: “It is rare for a property that is only ten years old to be available on Coll, especially one that is so spacious and situated very close to Arinagour, with lovely views and a large garden.
“The purchaser will be able to benefit from a very attractive and practical family-oriented lifestyle among an established community, or indeed could choose to let the property as a holiday let or on a longer-term basis.”
Coll is known for its beautiful sandy beaches, large sand dunes and the RSPB reserve on the island.
The picturesque island of Raasay has the Scottish mainland to the east and the isle of Skye to the west. It is reached by a regular ferry service from Sconser on Skye that takes about 20 minutes.
Raasay is abundant with flora and fauna, breathtaking views and places of historical interest. There are many country and coastal walks with panoramic views enhanced by red deer and golden and sea eagles.
No3 Eyre is a two-bedroomed traditional detached house in a tranquil setting on the island, with uninterrupted sea views and shore access.
Holm of Grimbister is a small island extending to about 40 acres just off Kirkwall, Orkney, which is for sale as a whole.
There is a period cottage providing basic accommodation and a traditional L-shaped steading with conversion potential.
Although it has the feeling of isolation, the island is connected to mainland Orkney at low tide by a causeway and mains services are all connected.
Jamie Watson, of Savills, says: “We have a range of potential buyers interested in buying a whole island but to see one for under £500,000 is quite rare.”
Holm of Grimbister is priced at £300,000.
Watson says: “The property has 40 acres of good quality land so would lend itself to a smallholding or the buildings could be developed into a holiday business.”
In the time that the property has been on the market, interest has come from all over the world, with viewers from as far afield as Mexico and Austria.
Watson believes it is most likely to be bought as a lifestyle business, but it is not for the faint-hearted.
He says: “The house is 150 years old and needs extending as it is quite small. It would be a serious undertaking, but the property has its own wind turbine.”
At a glance
Where is it: Ceol Na Mara, Arinagour, Coll, Argyll.
What is it: A contemporary family home with four bedrooms, two reception rooms, an excellent-sized garden and beautiful sea views.
Good points: The house is immaculate inside and out, and only ten years old. The sitting room has a woodburning stove and overlooks Arinagour Bay, the Treshnish Isles and Dutchman’s Cap. The house is within easy walking distance of the village with shops, a GP and a cafe.
Bad points: Buyers will be competing with those looking for a permanent home and a second home.
Contact: Galbraith on 01463 224343.
Where is it: Holm of Grimbister, near Kirkwall, Orkney.
What is it: A tidal island of 40 acres with a period farm cottage and traditional outbuildings offering a wealth of potential for conversion. The house has a kitchen, sun room, living room, bedroom and bathroom.
Good points: Your own domain at high tide, with a drivable causeway to the mainland at low tide.
Bad points: Requires work.
Price: Offers over £300,00.
Contact: Savills on 01356 628628.
Where is it: Isle of Raasay, Kyle, Highland.
What is it: Attractive two-bedroomed detached house in a secluded location with direct beach access. Sitting room, dining kitchen, utility room and summer house.
Good points: There aren’t many places where you could watch otters frolic from your bathtub but this is one of them.
Bad points: Only two bedrooms, but it could be ripe for extension.
Price: Offers over £235,000.
Contact: Bell Ingram on 01463 717799.