The Great Caithness Property Rush

Written by Gairland


Caithness has always been a fantastic place to live, work and visit. But in a post-Coronavirus world, demand for property in the far north of Scotland is rocketing.

In 1954, Dounreay in Caithness, on the north coast of mainland Scotland, was chosen as a new nuclear reactor site. It was a huge undertaking that required a considerable labour force to be imported into the sparsely populated county. The decision to site the project in Caithness was a great boon for the area. As a county that relied on farming and fishing for its employment, modernisation meant jobs had become scarce. Over the decade, the town’s population grew from under 3300 to more than 9000. Currently, the reactor is being decommissioned which will provide skilled workers with jobs until at least 2033.

Today, Caithness is witnessing a surge in demand once again but not only due to Dounreay.

Analysis by Savills has shown that interest in rural property is up 50% on pre-lockdown levels, with increasing numbers fleeing city confines searching for green space.

A village or countryside location is now more attractive to 40% of those surveyed, increasing to 50% for those with school-aged children.

In part, this trend has stemmed from the ability to work remotely from home, potentially removing the need to be in an office environment five days a week. Commuting less frequently allows buyers and renters to consider a much wider search area when looking for a home. Many are looking to move out of the dense cities not just for the vast open countryside but for a better quality of life.

Caithness is known for its vast open spaces, big changeable skies and is frequently referred to as ‘the lowlands beyond the Highlands’. Here, you will find rare wildlife – like puffins – in amongst the dramatic sea cliffs. It has a rich history from the Neolithic times onward. There are Cairns, standing stones, and hill forts abound, and there are more brochs (ancient dry-stone buildings) than in any other Scottish county.

In fact, you can still live-in castles there today.

Braal Castle, which dates back to the mid-14th century, sits on banks of the river Thurso. Offers a collection of renovated one, two and four-bedroom homes in the vibrant village community of Halkirk in the heart of Caithness with direct access to the city of Inverness via the A9. You can find more information about Braal Castle here.

If living in a castle is not your style, but you would still like to take advantage of all that Caithness has to offer, Fairview House Apartments are a collection of affordable homes in the village of Halkirk. Halkirk has a great primary school, sports facilities, and community spirit.

To find out more click here.

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