Saturday evening and time to have a look through the Scottish auction websites to see if there’s anything local (by which I mean north of Inverness).
I do like the look of some of the period features:
Wilsons has a 2-bed house in Castletown with a guide price of £35k against a home report valuation of £50k. I’d possibly have a look at this if I was buying, but the lack of internal photos makes me slightly wary.
Going in the other direction, there’s a very pretty cottage on Flotta in the Orkney Islands with a guide price of just £16,500 at Future Property Auctions:
However, that looks like a pretty big farm next to it – I’d want to go and see exactly how close it is and what they’re farming (my guess would be cattle with a barn that size).
They’ve also got a shop for sale in Wick – now this is an interesting one, because I know this shop pretty well. It used to be a craft shop, then got split into upstairs and downstairs units with a children’s clothing shop downstairs and a tack shop upstairs, both of which have now moved into bigger premises. Its problem is its location; it’s tucked away off the high street and although a destination shop will do just fine there, it doesn’t get much passing footfall:
The interiors are nicely done though, and with a guide price of £38,000 I’d definitely be tempted if I wanted to go back into retailing: