Scouriebeag Farmhouse, Scourie, Lairg IV27 4SX, UK
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Scouriebeag Farmhouse is sits in a slightly elevated position on the edge of the charming village of Scourie overlooking the turquoise water of the stunning Scourie Bay below.
Scourie is nestled in a relatively fertile strip of land between the mountains and foreshore. The village and surrounding land remain deeply rooted in traditional crofting management regimes with hefted hill sheep and ubiquitous highland cattle grazing the narrow fields and hill pastures.
The rugged landscape and coastline of the north-west Highlands are world renowned for breath-taking vistas with an ever-changing composition of towering mountains giving way to heather clad heathland, tranquil lochs and secluded white-sandy beaches.
The village of Scourie is in Sutherland on the extreme north-west coast of the Highlands of Scotland on the increasingly popular route of the NorthCoast500, often described as Scotland’s answer to the usa’s route 66. Despite being a relatively diminutive in size, the village boasts a general store with post office, a 24-hour fuel filling station (which also sells a range of outdoor equipment and clothing during the day), hotels and restaurants, campsite a fish & chip van. There is also a doctor’s surgery.
North west of Scourie is the seabird mecca of Handa Island. Managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, the island is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area being a summer home to thousands of seabirds including puffins, razorbills and guillemots. The island is a popular wildlife tourist destination with a short ferry from Tarbet providing access to the island.
This area of Sutherland is within the unesco recognised North West Highlands Geopark. The Geopark has been a key site for research since the 19th Century due to its complex geology which includes 3,000-million-year-old rocks. This geological mosaic has created stunning landscapes where each rock type produces its own unique and evocative habitats.
The landscape, created by the Moine Thrust, has some truly spectacular and imperious mountains that erupt out of the heathland including, Quinag, Canisp and Suilven. The magnificence of the mountains in this region can be enjoyed from the roadside as well as the peaks.
Peppered throughout the rugged terrain are an array of hill lochs which not only host breeding populations of red and black throated divers but are also home to abundant populations of wild brown trout which are not only notorious fighters when caught on a small fly rod, but also boast beautiful golden flanks.
Across the sea to the west is the Isle of Lewis. Lewis and the rest of the Hebridean islands are famed for their beaches and blooming machair. The ferry service from Ullapool, 28 miles away, links the mainland with Stornoway on Lewis.
Sailing along the precipitous coastline, interspersed with small uninhabited islands, provides some unrivalled views. Beneath the waves, the waters of the west coast are a bountiful source of seafood with the local fishing fleets, particularly in Kinlochbervie and Lochinver, providing a plethora of freshly caught seafood including plaice, lobster and langoustine.
Now double glazed throughout, Scouriebeag is a traditional stone-built cottage/farmhouse under a pitched timber framed slate covered roof, forming a t-shape with its head facing in the direction of the sea. There is a timber framed entrance porch, which provides a handy space for hanging jackets and storing shoes/boots/wellies, tucked into the confluence of the adjoining.
There are stepped gable ends and traditional stone chimney breasts which contrast pleasingly with the painted harled exterior.
Accommodation extends to approximately 128m2. Comprising four bedrooms, bathroom, lounge, open plan kitchen and dining area and entrance porch.
The property benefits from an oil-fired central heating system with radiators throughout, mains electricity, mains water and private drainage. There is an insulated hot water tank with an electric immersion heater which can provide additional hot water. Two open fireplaces provide additional space heating.
The house has an enclosed garden mostly defined by a traditional stone dyke which wraps around a generous sized garden which includes a lawn which during early summer is punctuated by beautiful purple orchids and an area of mature woodland. There is also a gravelled parking area.
There is a traditional outbuilding in the garden which is of traditional stone construction with a timber framed roof clad in box profile metal sheeting (the timbers and metal sheeting were recently replaced). This provides some excellent storage space for garden tools/machinery or outdoor gear/bikes and could potentially be redeveloped into several uses including a studio, workshop or holiday accommodation (subject to obtaining the requisite planning permissions).
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