Brawlbin Farm is located in a scenic and rugged part of Caithness on the southern shores of Loch Calder and on the northern edge of the Flow Country. Lying some 5 miles west of Halkirk, the farm is accessed from …
Brawlbin Farm is located in a scenic and rugged part of Caithness on the southern shores of Loch Calder and on the northern edge of the Flow Country. Lying some 5 miles west of Halkirk, the farm is accessed from the minor public roads running to Scotscalder and Dorrery. The farm enjoys expansive views over the surrounding countryside.
Halkirk village offers basic services including a grocery shop, post office, primary school and the Ulbster Arms Hotel. Local services including supermarkets and high schooling are available in Thurso, some 9 miles further north. Rail connections are available at Scotscalder or Thurso. Wick Airport offers regular flights to Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
Caithness is very much an agricultural county and is well served with agricultural merchants and suppliers, as well as the livestock mart at Quoybrae.
The Caithness countryside is well known for its attractive countryside and coastline with many beautiful sandy beaches, and opportunities for a wide range of sport and outdoor recreation.
Brawlbin farm extends to approximately 510.58 Ha (1,261 acres) in total and forms a ring fenced block of land, intersected by minor public roads which facilitate access to all parts of the farm. The land at Brawlbin can be categorised into a distinct area of ploughable pasture in the centre of the holding, with areas of permanent pasture immediately to the south and west of this. Rough grazing and peatland dominate the remainder of the land further to the east, south and west, and the area of land that borders Loch Calder to the north of the holding is predominantly wetland. The land lies between 65m above sea level near to Loch Calder and 130m above sea level to the west on the hill ground. The James Hutton Institute land capability for agriculture plans categorises the ploughable land at the centre of the holding as Grade 4(1), the immediate surrounding areas of permanent pasture and better rough grazing classed as Grade 5(2) and 5(3) and the hill ground to the west and the wetland to the north classed as Grade 6(2) and 6(3). The varied mix of habitats present on the farm offers tremendous opportunity to develop the natural capital potential through woodland planting, peatland restoration, managing the wetlands for bird habitat and regenerative agriculture.
The main farmhouse and steading lies at the northern end of the farm, overlooking Loch Calder, while Tor na Mae Cottage lies a short distance further south.
LOT 2 – TOR NA MAE COTTAGE, STEADING AND 15.19 HA (37.5 ACRES) LAND
Tor Na Mae Cottage is a traditional 1 ½ storey stone dwelling with a southerly aspect. Vacant and requiring some renovation, it comprises the following accommodation:
Ground Floor – Hallway; sitting room; store cupboard; bathroom; kitchen; bedroom
First Floor – 2 bedrooms
There is an attractive cottage garden surrounding the house, with great potential.
There is a traditional stone byre adjoining the cottage which has been extended with a further timber framed shed with box profile cladding to the rear. There are two further stone barns opposite the cottage, in need of repair.
The cottage, steading and garden grounds extend to approximately 0.5 Ha (1.2 acres)
The land within Lot 2 comprises 14.69 Ha (36.3 acres) of good quality ploughable pasture.