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Castletown, Thurso, Highland, KW14 8TG , £300,000

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Castletown, Thurso, Highland, KW14 8TG

Offers in Excess of £300,000

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Castlehill Steading and development site consists of a range of traditional buildings with an area of arable land immediately adjacent, extending to approximately 6.67 acres (2.7 hectares).

Castlehill benefits from planning permission for conversion of the steading buildings and the erection of additional residential and commercial units.

Castlehill lies directly north of the village of Castletown, within the county of Caithness, an area famed for beautiful coastlines and open countryside, and along the hugely popular North Coast 500 route.

North Coast 500

The North Coast 500 is a circular touring route of the main coastal roads of the North Highlands of Scotland, which begins and ends in Inverness. Since its launch in 2015, visitor numbers to the Highlands and Islands have risen significantly with an increase in trade for local businesses. This development site represents a fantastic opportunity to explore the potential offered by this dramatic rise in visitors from all over the world who are now discovering the Caithness coast. Providers of accommodation and visitor attractions have benefitted from this, with the total economic impact in the Highlands reaching £1.2 billion in 2016.

The site lies within 700m of the NC500 and offers versatility for tourism related development. There is scope for a variety of uses that will benefit from the stunning surroundings and rich cultural heritage, that are drawing increasing numbers of visitors to the area.

The NC500 is used in a wide variety of ways. Some users will drive or cycle the entire route, others will dip in and out. For those wanting to visit only particular points on the route, there are train services from Inverness to Thurso and regular air flights to Wick Airport, from Edinburgh, Aberdeen and the Orkney Isles.

Emerging businesses in the area include not only tourism accommodation, but also food and drink, assisted by the increase in interest in authentic local and boutique specialty produce, particularly locally made spirits.


Castlehill steading and development site is located approximately 0.5 miles north of the village of Castletown. The property lies just 5.5 miles east from the town of Thurso and 16 miles west of the town of Wick. Castletown sits on the local bus route between Thurso and Wick, where there are train stations providing rail links south. Scrabster Harbour lies approximately 7.4 miles to the west of Castlehill offering ferry connections to the Orkney Isles, while the city of Inverness is located 112 miles or thereby south.

In addition to the shops and services offered in Castletown, a wider range of services, shops and local facilities can be found in Thurso and Wick. Wick Airport provides flights to the cities of Aberdeen and the capital, Edinburgh, while Inverness Airport offers connections to the wider United Kingdom and Europe.


Castlehill benefits from planning consent for conversion of the steading to form 6 residential dwellings and the erection of 28 further residential properties (reference: 16/00927/FUL). There has also previously been consent obtained for an element of retail on the site (reference: 11/00403/FUL). There has been renewed

interest in refurbishment of traditional buildings, in conjunction with the growing investment in tourist accommodation and attractions, seen both locally and in the wider Caithness area.


We understand that mains water, electricity and local waste water treatment works are located on or adjacent to the site.


Viewings are to be conducted by arrangement with the selling agents. The property features vacant buildings and land and appropriate caution should be exercised during viewings, particularly with reference to safety in and around the buildings and operations on the land.


From Wick follow the A99 north west and continue onto the B876. At Castletown, turn right onto the A836 then take a left onto Harbour Road and the property will be on the left-hand side after approximately 0.5 miles.

If travelling from Thurso follow the A836 east towards Castletown. After approximately 5 miles, turn left onto Harbour Road and the property will be found on the right-hand side after 0.5 miles or thereby.


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 prospective purchasers are advised to register their interest with the selling agents. Prospective purchasers should note that unless their interest in the property is so registered, no guarantee can be given that notice of a closing date may be advised and consequently the property may be sold without notice.

Date of Entry

Date of entry will be by mutual agreement.

Additional Information

There are no warranties or guarantees included within this sale.

Local Authority

Highland Council

Glenurquhart Road



Tel. 01349 886606


Clive Meikle or Adele Smith


Elm House

Cradlehall Business Park



T: 01463 796050

F: 01463 798246



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Agent’s Note

For clarification, we wish to inform prospective purchasers that we have prepared these sales particulars as a general guide. We have not carried out a survey, nor tested the services.

If communications, condition of the property, situation or other such factors are of particular importance to you, please discuss these priorities with us before arranging an appointment to view. This should avoid a wasted journey.

Any photographs displayed in these particulars depict only part of the property and it should not be assumed that any contents etc. are included in the sale, or that the property remains as displayed in the photographs. No assumptions should be made regarding other parts of the property that have not been photographed.

These particulars do not constitute an offer or contract or part thereof. Bidwells LLP does not make or give either in these particulars or during negotiation or otherwise, any warranty or representation whatever in relation to this property. All measurements are given as a guide and no liability can be accepted for any errors arising therefrom. No responsibility is taken for any omission, error or mis-statement in these particulars.

Bidwells LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales (registered number OC344553). Registered head office is Bidwell House, Trumpington Road, Cambridge CB2 9LD, where a list of members is available for inspection. Particulars prepared May 2019. Photographs taken Spring 2019.



Train Stations
  • Thurso 7.97km
  • Halkirk 10.04km
  • Scotscalder 15.93km
  • Wick 24.35km

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