William Wallace stronghold land on sale for £1m


A HISTORIC land holding which was once a stronghold for William Wallace and a battle ground for the Border Reivers is being sold for more than £1million.

The Talla and Gameshope, a substantial sheep farm extending to some 5,300 acres, is situated at the heart of the Ettrick Forest in the scenic Scottish Borders.

The area was key to the 13th century Wars of Independence

The area is famed for its historical links during the 13th century campaigns for independence as well as being a battle ground for the endless disputes across the Scottish Border.

The farm comprises in the main moorland intersected by the Talla Water and the Gameshope Burn, with a small area of ground at the farm steading.

In addition there is a shepherd’s bothy attached to the farm house and a mountain bothy at Gameshope, which is currently let out to the Mountain Bothies Association.

The property is being offered for £1.1 million

The property is also the former site of the former Gameshope Castle.

James Carnegy-Arbuthnott, who is handling the sale for agents CKD Galbraith, said; “It is highly unusual for such an extensive area of wild land offering excellent hill farming and stunning scenery to come to the market in the Scottish Borders and as such, we have received significant interest from both sheep farmers and conservation bodies.”

“With the quality of farming, wild landscape and sporting potential on offer, together with a lovely farmhouse and modern farm buildings, Talla and Gameshope represent a rare opportunity offering the lucky bidder the chance to buy into a little slice of Scottish history.”


Offers Over £1,100,000 are being invited and due to the level of interest already received, a closing date of Wednesday, March 14 at 12noon has been set.