300 year-old bothy in stunning location up for sale

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A RUN-DOWN tin-roofed bothy with no indoor toilet and no running water has gone on the market for £125,000.

The eye-watering price tag for Bourblach Cottage is down to one thing – it is in one of the most the most beautiful places in Britain.

The 300-year-old property overlooks the spectacular Silver Sands of Morar in the north-west Highlands of Scotland.

In pic: Silver Sands with cottage just visible as white speck directly above smaller boat Credit: Norrie Adamson
Silver Sands with cottage just visible as white speck directly above smaller boat. Credit: Norrie Adamson

The location regularly makes lists of the UK’s best beaches and featured in hit movies including Local Hero.

Property for sale is scarce in the area hence the steep price tag for a home with one bedroom, a combined living room and kitchen – and a bucket in the garden shed for a toilet. The road to the bothy runs out 70 metres away and the nearest parking is 130 metres distant.

The same money would currently buy a three-bedroomed detached house four hours’ drive south in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire.

But Fiona MacFarlane, estate agent at McPhee & Partners, said she had received four notes of interest in the first week.

A RUN-DOWN tin-roofed bothy with no indoor toilet and no running water has gone on the market for £125,000.
A RUN-DOWN tin-roofed bothy with no indoor toilet and no running water has gone on the market for £125,000.

She said: “It’s a lovely wee traditional cottage. For the last 20 years or so the current owner has used it as a bolthole or retreat around twice a year.

“It will need a lot of work to turn it in to a dwelling again, so we’ve been careful to word so as people realise it’s not a holiday home.

The 300-year-old property overlooks the spectacular Silver Sands of Morar in the north-west Highlands of Scotland.
The 300-year-old property overlooks the spectacular Silver Sands of Morar in the north-west Highlands of Scotland.

“It will be up to potential buyers to bring in builders and value the work that will need to done, but it could become a great little cottage for someone.”

The cottage is situated near the banks of the River Morar on the outskirts of Morar, widely regarded as one of the most scenic villages in the Western Highlands.

The Silver Sands are visible about 500 metres away and the port of Mallaig is nearby, from which ferries still cross the sea to Skye.

The eye-watering price tag for Bourblach Cottage is down to one thing - it is in one of the most the most beautiful places in Britain. The 300-year-old property overlooks the spectacular Silver Sands of Morar in the north-west Highlands of Scotland.
The eye-watering price tag for Bourblach Cottage is down to one thing – it is in one of the most the most beautiful places in Britain.

Morar has featured in popular films such as Highlander and the 1995 blockbuster Rob Roy, starring Liam Neeson, where one of Rob Roy’s home was in the village.

English composer, Sir Arnold Bax enjoyed travelling to the area during the 1930s and he worked on his Third Symphony during his visits to the Station Hotel in the village.

Morar is also the birthplace of Carol Kirkwood, the BBC weather presenter, who starred in last year’s Strictly Come Daning.

The area also has a rich and sometimes violent history. In 1602, feuding clans the MacDonell’s of Glengarry and the MacKenzie’s fought at the Battle of Morar.

 
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