Attractive small holding located on the Rhins Peninsula
Inshanks and Slockmill farms are situated in the Rhins of Galloway peninsula, the most southerly part of Scotland which is renowned for having a mild climate and one of the earliest growing seasons in the country. This part of south west Scotland is a genuinely rural area, well known for dairy and livestock farming, magnificent countryside and dramatic coastline.
The farms lie near to Drummore, a rural village with local amenities including a village shop and Post Office, three public houses, a GP surgery, nursery and primary schooling and a bowling green. Its coastal location also provides local opportunities for sailing and fishing both at Drummore and Portpatrick to the north west (19 miles).
Stranraer is the main town in west Galloway and provides a range of business services, supermarkets, shops, local community hospital, marina, leisure facilities, secondary schooling and a railway station providing services north to Ayr and Glasgow.
Ferry services to Northern Ireland (Larne and Belfast) operate from Cairnryan, only six miles north of Stranraer. In addition to the train and ferry links at Stranraer and Cairnryan, the nearest international airports are at Prestwick (about 72 miles) and Glasgow (about 102 miles).
The A75 and A77 trunk roads are accessible from Stranraer and provide easy access to livestock markets at Newton Stewart (35 miles), Castle Douglas (64 miles), Ayr (68 miles) and Carlisle (110 miles).
For outdoor enthusiasts the Mull of Galloway is also a natural base from which to explore the beautiful countryside the area has to offer. The Southern Upland Way (a 212 mile coast to coast route) runs from Portpatrick on the west coast of the Rhins peninsula, to Cockburnspath on the eastern seaboard.
Portpatrick itself is a bustling village port, immensely popular with locals and tourists alike having a range of hotels, restaurants, golf course and tourist attractions. Highlights of the calendar include the annual Lifeboat week in summer and the Folk Festival in September.
Further outdoor pursuits including mountain biking are available in the Galloway Forest Park within close proximity to Newton Stewart, which covers a vast and sparsely populated landscape stretching to the north and east and is one of only four national parks in the western world to have official Dark Sky status.
Slockmill lies approximately 1.4 miles (by road) to the west of Inshanks, adjoining the coast. The farm extends to about 180 acres (72 hectares) and includes a three bedroom farmhouse and mixed traditional and framed buildings. There is a cottage (Erin View) to the south of the steading and Crammag Head lighthouse (a small unmanned station) is located on the coastline to the west of the steading, both of which belong to third parties. The steading provides a mix of traditional stone buildings and framed cattle court/feed shed/silage pit. The land sits within Grade 3 according to the James Hutton Institute land classification maps.
The holdings are farmed together as a traditional grass based system with two cuts of silage taken annually (approximately 200 acres first cut and 100 acres second cut), as well as small acreages of cereal and wholecrop on rotation. Both units benefit from the favourable Gulf Stream climate; the area is noted for its mild weather and long growing season, both of which have contributed to the southwest of Scotland being one of the most productive livestock areas in the United Kingdom. Both holdings benefit from private or natural water supplies to the fields.
Inshanks and Slockmill Farms are being offered to the market as a whole or in 2 lots as follows:
Lot 1: Inshanks Farm – Farmhouse, 3 cottages, range of farm buildings and farmland extending to 455 acres
Lot 2: Slockmill Farm Farmhouse, range of farm buildings and farmland extending to 180 acres.
Slockmill farmhouse is detached and stands at the north west of the steading at Slockmill, with a westerly aspect over the open farmland towards the coast. The property is predominantly of stone and slate construction, with a 2 storey brick and tile extension to the front, and offers spacious accommodation over two floors as shown on the accompanying floor plans.
The front door opens into an inner hallway providing access to the ground floor accommodation of sitting room, living room, study/bedroom 4, bathroom, kitchen and utility room. There are three bedrooms on the first floor.
The farmhouse benefits from UPVC double glazing, a five door Aga which provides heat to the kitchen and an open fire and living flame gas fire in the living room and lounge
respectively. An oil fired boiler provides hot water. The farmhouse benefits from a large garden with patio area and lawn to the front of the house which enjoys unrestricted views towards the coast. An attached workshop provides potential for further extending the farmhouse subject to the necessary consents. There is a detached brick built garage.
The steading at Slockmill is a mix of traditional and modern buildings and complements Inshanks by providing cattle accommodation for the beef herd.
1. Garage (see floorplans)
Brick built garage adjacent to farmhouse.
2. Slockmill Farmhouse (see floorplans)
3. Stone outbuilding (see floorplans)
4. Traditional range (approx 247m2)
Range of outbuildings used mainly for storage.
5. Brick built store (12.7m2)
6. Former dairy (560m2)
Range of stone and brick buildings comprising former collection yard, dairy, parlour and byre with asbestos sheet roofing, used mainly for general storage.
7. Cattle Shed and Covered Silage Pit (25.7m x 19.5m)
Concrete frame, concrete block/brick walls, concrete floor and slatted tank, asbestos sheet cladding and roof. Internally fitted with 80 cubicles.
8. Straw Shed (19.5m x 8.1m)
Concrete frame, concrete panel and brick walls, asbestos sheet roofing.
The land at Slockmill sits mainly to the west of the public road, with the majority being ploughable or permanent pasture sitting predominantly within grade 3(2) quality, except small areas adjacent to the coastline. Slockmill lies between 25 – 75 metres above sea level. All fields can be accessed from the public road or via the farm steading and there is an internal track leading to the lighthouse at Crammag Head. Part of the coastline from Crammag Head to the south falls within the Mull of Galloway Site of Special Scientific Interest and Crammag Fort is a scheduled monument where the lighthouse is now located.
Acreage: 180 Acres
From Stranraer take the A716 south to Drummore village. Upon reaching a T junction in the middle of the village turn right and then left when you reach another T junction. Follow the B741 taking the next right hand turning, and follow this road for approximately 2.5 miles (carrying straight on when you reach a crossroad junction). The road passes through Inshanks steading with (Inshanks postcode is DG9 9HQ), for Slockmill, continue past Inshanks to the next junction and turn left following the road south to the farm steading. Slockmill postcode is DG9 9HG.