The Scord Croft, Mucklure, Walls

Under offer
Key Details

Status:

Under offer

Overview

8.5ha (20 acre) owner occupied registered croft together with 19.3ha (48 acre) tenanted apportionments situated in attractive rural setting a couple of miles outside the village of walls on the Westside of Shetland approximately 28 miles from Lerwick.

There is a former croft house on the land however this is now in poor condition and may be beyond economic repair. The building could potentially be demolished and the site cleared for a new-build which would enjoy stunning elevated views in particular over Vaila Sound to the island of Vaila, however this would be subject to the usual permissions required and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard.

There is a local shop and primary school in Walls itself, and further amenities at Bixter and Aith.

CAGS grant funding could be available to eligible crofters / tenants.

General Information

The Croft

The croft is situated a couple of miles outside the village of Walls in the West Mainland of Shetland approximately 28 miles from Lerwick. It comprises the main larger area of ground where the former croft house and byre are situated, this area estimated to extend to around 8.5ha or thereby (20 acre), plus a further tenanted Apportionment estimated to extend to around 19.3ha or thereby (48 acre). Click here to see plans of the croft (area 4) and apportionments (areas 1, 2 & 3).  The Apportionment is a Deemed Croft and the assignation of the tenancy in favour of the purchaser will therefore require to be approved by the Crofting Commission. (Note prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves as to the extent of the croft & apportionment).

There is a former stone-built croft house situated on the main croft land. It originally comprised a kitchen, living room, box bedroom & shower room, plus a loft, however it has in recent years been stripped back to the original stone walls internally, and it is now in very poor condition and possibly beyond economic repair. The house previously had power and water connections with drainage to a septic tank although this would likely need to be replaced if a newbuild was envisaged.

Adjacent to the croft is a mainly stone-built byre which was heightened in recent years, plus a further roofless barn, again stone-built. The container behind the house will be removed prior to sale along with the other building materials.

The site of the existing house could perhaps be cleared to make way for a new-build property which would enjoy fantastic elevated views of the surrounding countryside particularly to the east over Lera Voe and Vaila Sound and across to the island of Vaila. Any development would however be subject to the usual permissions required and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard by contacting the local planning department directly for advice.

There are also spectacular sea views to the south from the apportionment which lies behind the house.

The croft is an owner occupied registered croft and therefore subject to regulation by the Crofting Commission. Prospective purchasers requiring further information or advice in this regard should discuss with their own agents or contact the Crofting Commission at 4 / 6 Castle Wynd, Inverness, IV2 3EQ. Further information about crofting is also available on the Commission's website at:- www.crofting.scotland.gov.uk

Information on the Local Area

The main amenities in the area can be found in the nearby village of Walls which is clustered around the voe of Vaila Sound a couple of miles north-east of the croft. Here there is a local primary school, a licensed shop & post office, bakery, health centre, small community swimming pool for private hire, a boating club and marina. Further amenities are available at Bixter about 9 miles back towards Lerwick, and also Aith (approximately 12 miles) where the area's Junior High School and the West Mainland leisure centre / swimming pool are situated.

Property Location

To reach the croft, drive through Walls heading up the hill out of the village. After a short distance turn left to Burrastow. Follow the road for just under 2 miles having driven around the head of Lera Voe and crossed two cattle grids. Shortly after the second grid turn right onto a shared track which serves one house on the right and the croft which is straight on through a gate. The rough track continues right up to the former croft house although is really only accessible by a four wheel drive vehicle.

To see the location of the property in an overall Shetland context, adjust the zoom by clicking the + or - buttons. Use the 'Map', 'Satellite' & 'Hybrid' buttons to switch between an ordnance survey style road map, a satellite aerial photograph or a combination (hybrid) of the two. Please note that the date of the satellite image is unknown and may not show new buildings.

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