Highly productive dairy farm with views across the Luce Valley
Airyhemming Farm is situated close to the Solway Firth, about 2 miles inland from Luce Bay on the southwest coast of Scotland, an area renowned for having a mild climate and one of the earliest growing seasons in the country. This greatly supports the extensive dairy and livestock farming enterprises which are so well suited to the region.
The farm boundary extends 1.3 miles from the medium filum (middle line) of the Water of Luce in the east, to the western boundary of the farm, and has outstanding views over the Luce valley.
Glenluce (meaning “valley of light”) is a village close to the A75 where the Rhins of Galloway and Machars of Galloway peninsulas meet, and is easily identified by the eightarched railway viaduct standing to the western boundary of the village. There are various local amenities available including doctor’s surgery, village shop, primary school, café, public house, church (and adjacent hall), village hall, park (including skate park), all set against the beautiful backdrop of “The Glen” an area of amenity woodland (in community ownership) through which the Lady Burn meanders.
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 6 miles north of Stranraer. In addition to the train and ferry links at Stranraer and Cairnryan, the nearest international airports are at Prestwick (about 65 miles) and Glasgow (about 95 miles). Prestwick has regular flights to an increasing number of international destinations. The A75 and A77 trunk roads are accessible from Glenluce and provide easy access to livestock markets at Newton Stewart (19 miles), Castle Douglas (49 miles), Ayr (56 miles) and Carlisle (102 miles).
The area is also a natural base from which to explore the Galloway Forest Park which covers a vast and sparsely populated landscape stretching to the northeast and is one of only four national parks.
Airyhemming Farmhouse is a detached traditional farmhouse of stone construction located to the south of the farmyard and cottages. The property has been extensively renovated, benefitting from full double glazing and biomass central heating (which is shared with the Dairy House). There is an oil fired AGA in the kitchen and a Clearview multi-fuel stove in the living room. It is presently let for self catering holidays. Presented over two floors there are five bedrooms, three reception rooms and three bathrooms (one en suite) which is represented on the accompanying floorplans. Externally there is an attractive enclosed south facing garden laid to lawn with mature trees and shrubs which also benefits from a barbeque hut which is perfect for summer dining.
Situated west of the farmhouse, Airyhemming Dairy House is a traditional stone built cottage with pitched slate roof. The cottage has also undergone an extensive renovation and benefits from full double glazing and biomass central heating. There are various integrated appliances in the kitchen and a multi-fuel stove in the living room. It is presently let for self catering holidays. The accommodation is over one floor and extends to three bedrooms, two reception rooms, kitchen and two bathrooms (one en suite) as shown on the accompanying floorplans. There is also a games room which is accessed externally allowing it to also be used by occupants of the farmhouse. Outside there is a large gravelled parking area and front garden. Dairy House has an EPC rating of D.
Pigman’s Cottage is a traditional brick built cottage situated close to the farm steading. The cottage benefits from full double glazing and an oil fired central heating system. The single storey accommodation extends to three bedrooms, one bathroom, one reception room and kitchen. The cottage is currently let out on an Assured Tenancy for a rent of £364 per month. Adjacent to the cottage is a static caravan which is also let (to a family member of the Pigman’s Cottage tenant) for £400 per month. Dairy House has an EPC rating of D.
The farm buildings benefit from a three phase electricity supply and mains water supply. Harvested rain water provides parlour washings. The mains water supply extends to the bottom half of the farmland, supplemented by a private dam which can if required provide additional water to field troughs.
The farmland at Airyhemming extends to 459.85 acres (186.10 hectares) in total and is contained within a ring fence
intersected only by the Stranraer to Barrhill railway line. Access to the farm is taken via an adopted highway which
passes beneath a low railway bridge and extends to the farm steading and thereafter is a private road. The fields are
accessed from a good network of internal stone roads.
The land towards the eastern side of the holding is predominantly Class 3(1) and 3(2) with the land towards the
western end being predominantly Class 5. It rises from 20m above sea level by the Water of Luce to approximately 132m above sea level at the highest point on the western boundary of the farm. The farm is all fenced for livestock with post and wire fencing and stone dykes.
Acreage: 459.685 Acres
From the A75 at Glenluce exit for the village and take the first left hand turning passing below the viaduct. Continue for
approximately 1.4 miles taking the first left hand turn just after Glenluce Abbey. Continue on this road for approximately 0.4 miles then take a sharp right turn (signposted High Boreland and Airyhemming), passing beneath the low railway bridge and continue for approximately 1 mile to Airyhemming Farm. The postcode is DG8 0NP.