The west coast of Scotland in particular beats many other areas for its spectacular combination of inland and sea lochs, dotted with small islands and set against a backdrop of dramatic mountain ranges. Having direct access to water and with the right to launch a boat further adds to the appeal. Premiums between 13% and 25% were paid last year by those looking to secure their ideal home.
The Inverness office of Galbraith, which covers the Highlands and Islands, can lay claim to not only having the most beautiful stretch of coastline in Scotland, but also the greatest length of coastline at 4,905 km. The region has long-attracted those looking to live or holiday in a stunning and unspoilt area and the attraction of a water view, or better still direct access to water, seems to be high on most buyers' wish-list.
We sell a wide range of coastal property from our Inverness office and whether it’s a tumbledown cottage or state of the art contemporary house, at the time of launch we know the phone will start to ring. The west coast with its beautiful sandy beaches, hidden coves and island views is breathtaking and brings with it the opportunity to indulge in lots of water-based activities. We recently sold an un- modernised cottage on the edge of a Highland loch with its own 10 acre island within the loch. The lure of being able to launch a boat from your own property and sail to your own island for the day awoke the sense of romantic adventure in many buyers. After eight notes of interest and six offers, the property went under offer three weeks after coming to the market, well in excess of the asking price.
The east coast stretching from Moray to Caithness is different in many ways, but no less spectacular. This is the coastline of long sandy beaches, links golf courses, sheer cliffs and wide skies. Notable sales we have handled over the past few years have included Old Scrabster House, perched above the harbour and had distant views to Orkney, while Stain Croft was an idyllic stone built cottage, a few metres from the beach at Keiss Bay, its bright yellow shutters providing protection in the worst storms.
As an island nation, for many of us the draw of life close to water is too strong to resist.