For sale Smithy & Joiners Cottages, Latheronwheel, Caithness, KW5 6DW

A unique opportunity to purchase a delightful pair of semi-detached traditional rural cottages in an outstanding area of natural beauty situated adjacent to the North Coast 500.

Considerable potential for conversion to provide
guest house or holiday accommodation.

Available for sale as a whole or in two lots.



These attractive semi-detached cottages are located within their own garden ground on the edge of the village of Latheronwheel in the County of Caithness. Caithness is famous for its unspoilt open countryside and its beautiful coastline, with spectacular sea cliffs and wonderful sandy beaches. The area offers many opportunities for rural pursuits, including fishing, stalking, wildfowling, walking and cycling.

Latheronwheel is extremely well situated for travel to and from Caithness. The A9 trunk road runs past the village and forms part of the extremely popular North Coast 500 tourist route. This provides ready travel links with Thurso to the north and Inverness to the south. Rail links are available from Thurso and Wick to the south, and there is a small airport at Wick. Inverness, the Highlands’ principal airport, is located approximately 80 miles south.

Thurso, mainland Scotland’s most northerly town, is approximately 24 miles from Latheronwheel. It has a good range of shops and facilities, including supermarkets, hospital, high school and the campus for the North Highland College, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Latheronwheel itself is a pretty little village, with a picturesque traditional harbour formed from a small bay within the coastal cliffs.


The cottages comprise two original 1½ storey houses, with later extensions to the rear of both. They are located in attractive surroundings, with an area of shared garden at the front and with separate, private gardens to the side and the rear of each cottage. The cottages have an easterly aspect and are surrounded by a mix of agricultural fields and traditional Caithness sycamore woodland.

Smithy Cottage – Lot 1 - Offers over £130,000

Smithy Cottage is the larger of the two and includes the original smithy workshop, now converted into a large open plan sitting room and kitchen. The original forge fireplace has been retained, providing an attractive and unique feature.

Accommodation extends to approximately 177.57 sq m over two floors.

Externally, there is a good sized coal shed and a carport for one vehicle. There is an attractive garden surrounding the property, including a gravel drive, a small sunken garden and an area of orchard trees and lawns.

Joiners Cottage – Lot 2 - Offers over £80,000

Originally built to the same design as Smithy Cottage, Joiners Cottage has more modest later extensions, but still provides the potential for cosy and attractive accommodation. The property includes the original joiner’s workshop with a Caithness stone flag floor. This workshop provides an ideal opportunity for conversion into additional living accommodation, as can be seen from the conversion of the original smiddy in Smithy Cottage.

The property would benefit from some internal upgrading. Accommodation extends to approximately 161.65 sq (including the workshop) and also extends over two floors.

Externally, there is a stone built, single car garage. The cottage is also surrounded by an attractive garden, which includes a sheltered, walled vegetable garden.


The properties benefit from mains electricity and water supplies and a connection to the public mains sewer. Smithy Cottage benefits from a large wood burning stove in the sitting room and an open fire in the dining room. There is a traditional oil fired Raeburn stove in Joiners Cottage, which also provides hot water. There is also a wood burning stove in the dining room of Joiners Cottage. Other heating is provided by way of electric heaters.


Existing fixtures and fittings are included in the sale. Loose furnishings and other moveables may be available by separate arrangement. For further information, please contact the selling agents.

Council Tax and Home Report

Smithy Cottage Council Tax band D EPC G
Joiners Cottage Council Tax band B EPC G

Home report value
Smithy Cottage £130,000
Joiners Cottage £85,000

Copies of the home reports for the properties are available from the selling agents upon request.


Strictly by private arrangement with the selling agents. Specific viewing dates are likely to be set and viewing outwith these times cannot be guaranteed. Given the properties’ location, we would encourage interested parties to contact the selling agents prior to travelling in order to avoid disappointment.


Offers in Scottish legal form should be submitted to the selling agents at their Inverness office. Parties are asked to satisfy themselves that they fully understand the implications of offering under Scots law.

Closing date

A closing date may be fixed and perspective purchasers are advised to register their interest with the selling agents.


Title Deeds are available for inspection by a prospective purchaser or their agent by prior appointment at the offices of the seller’s solicitors. Should there be any discrepancy between these particulars, stipulations, special conditions of sale and the missives of sale, the last shall prevail.

Date of entry

Date of entry will be by mutual agreement.

Local Authority
Highland Council
Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX
Tel. 01349 886606


Alastair Campbell
Bidwells LLP
Elm House, Cradlehall Business Park,
Inverness, IV2 5GH
Tel. 01463 796050
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