Uniquely positioned island property
In their spectacular clifftop position as Orkney's most northwestern property, the farms of Noup and Longhouse and the Land at Bisgeos create an extensive ringfenced and diverse holding and an opportunity for a purchaser wishing to take on an existing agricultural property or those seeking a property ideally situated for personal enjoyment with the assets and resources to develop new enterprises and income streams.
Advertised in three lots but currently farmed and managed as a single property, the main farmhouse, farm worker's cottage and yard at Noup Farm are set immediately adjacent to the
Bay of Noup, with direct access to a private sandy cove and beyond to the spectacular Noup Head where the property extends to the clifftops. With less than a mile of council maintained roads separating their respective farmyards, both
Noup Farm and Longhouse Farm are similarly arranged, with their houses set beside farmyards of modern and more traditional stock and store buildings. Their ring-fenced lands extend directly from each farmyard. Both farms are fully equipped allowing them to be operated as separate holdings or in their current arrangement as a single larger farm. The Land at Bisgeos, adjoining Longhouse Farm, consists of grasslands on which sheep currently graze. The land is predominately grassland arranged in large, fenced and gated fields with the
buildings at Noup and Longhouse farmyards providing housing for up to 150 cows alongside feed and general storage and workshops. The landscape, which includes grassland, heathland,
wetland, cliffs and shoreline, alongside the adjoining RSPB Reserve at Noup Head, creates a diverse and unique habitat for many native and rare species, including sea otters, seals, migratory seabirds, sea eagles and puffins. Across all three lots, the land is classified as Class 6(2) and Class 6(3) by the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research. The soil is of the Olrig series being Greyish brown drifts derived from Middle Old Red Sandstone flagstones and sandstones with component soil types being peaty gleys and the similarly derived Mousland Series with component soils being saline gleys. The property is in most part served by council maintained public roads, with a section of private road leading from the final bend in the public road to Noup farmyard (approximately 100m) and on to Noup Steading (approximately 450m thereafter). The access road from Noup Steading to the Noup Head Lighthouse (Grade B Listed) is owned and maintained by the Northern Lighthouse Board, over which a right of passage is held. Of all the Orkney Isles, the residents of Westray in particular are known for their entrepreneurial
flair, with many local businesses and cottage industries thriving both across the island and beyond. The numerous dwellings and buildings (including steadings) at the property offer limitless opportunities for a purchaser wishing to diversify, in full or part, from the existing agricultural nature of the property.
LOT 1: NOUP FARM
In all, 577.67 acres (233.78 hectares) of permanent and temporary grassland alongside a farmhouse and cottage, farm
buildings and stone steading.
LOT 2: LONGHOUSE FARM
In all, 300.97 acres (121.80 hectares) of grass and heathland alongside a farmhouse bungalow and farm buildings.
LOT 3: LAND AT BISGEOS
In all, 66.20 acres (26.79 hectares) primarily of grazing land.