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Property Buyers Are Looking Off The Beaten Track

CKD Galbraith are reporting high demand for homes on secluded island locations or in quiet coastal villages as buyers seek properties off the beaten track. For many, scenic Scottish regions such as Argyll and Bute offer the best of both worlds; an idyllic, rural location yet still well connected and increasingly becoming more practical with faster broadband services and better transport links.

Nicky Archibald from CKD Galbraith commented:

"Island properties with sea views remain in high demand, mainly from southern buyers looking to exchange similar sized properties but for a mere fraction of the value. As well as stunning views, a secluded setting is often high on peoples list of wants. Luckily these aren't hard requests to answer on the Scottish Isles however those wanting sea views sometimes have to be willing to compromise to a degree on seclusion. In previous years remote living has become increasingly popular and more readily considered by would be buyers looking for a slower pace of living and friendly local communities."

CKD Galbraith currently has a number of highly attractive properties that could lure buyers into island life or coastal communities:

34 Toberonochy (pictured above) is a fully modernised former slate worker's cottage nestled in one of two welcoming villages on the popular Inner Hebridean Island of Luing. The property offers highly comfortable, contemporary living with all the charm of a traditional island cottage.

The picturesque Isle of Luing is approximately eight miles long and four wide and benefits from its close proximity to the mainland. Formerly two cottages which have been joined and extended, the property offers three spacious bedrooms with a large open plan living and kitchen area.

34 Toberonochy is currently on the market for offers over 205,000.


Balvicar House lies in the pretty village from which it takes its name on the Island of Seil. The isle is linked to the mainland by the Atlantic' or Clachan Bridge making it a fantastic four bedroom family property or holiday home. 

The small but vibrant hamlet of Balvicar has a charming range of properties ranging from the original slate workers' cottages to more imposing detached houses.

Balvicar House is currently on the market for a guide price of 300,000.


Park Place is the ideal home for those looking to stay on the mainland. Located in an extremely attractive coastal area of the Rosneath Peninsula near Helensburgh, this C-listed Georgian house enjoys spectacular views over Loch Long. 

This grand house is approached via a sweeping gravel drive leading to the impressive front entrance. There are many delightful features throughout, with former maid's accommodation and a Butler's Pantry in addition to the four bedrooms and reception rooms.

Park Place is currently on the market for offers over 400,000. 


West Machrimore is a stunning and spacious converted steading offering a perfect family home on the peaceful outskirts of Southend, approximately 10 miles from Campbeltown. It now forms an impressive five bedroom house with extensive gardens and enjoys an elevated position benefitting from superb views to the coast and Northern Ireland beyond. 

There is a terraced garden to the rear of the house, which includes a summer house, with power and heating, and a potting shed, also with power. A former paddock, now laid to lawn, sits to the west of the house which previously had consent for the erection of a detached residential property with excellent holiday let potential. 

West Machrinmore is currently on the market for offers over 375,000.


Airidh Mhaoraich, meaning shelter of the limpets, is located on the east side of Arinagour Bay in a charming, rural and semi remote location on the popular Island on Coll. The property has three generously proportioned bedrooms and offers the perfect island hideaway coupled with the convenience of the small village of Arinagour only a short distance across the bay which can be quickly crossed with a quad bike at low tide!

Airidh Mhaoraich is currently on the market for offers over 195,000.