A unique private stone harbour with bothy and traditional net store situated in a private position in need of complete refurbishment, offering residential development opportunities
Sandside Harbour is an attractive harbour built in circa 1830 by Major William Innes of Sandside for both trade and fishing. The harbour is located down a private road, accessed via a metal gate and is sheltered to the West by high ground with far reaching views to the North overlooking Orkney and to the East over the Pentland Firth.
The traditional category A listed stone harbour is distinctive and has immaculate stone-built harbour walls with two L-plan piers forming a simple basin as well as a slipway from which boats may be launched. The harbour is used on a grace and favour basis - by local small leisure boats and a few boats that are used for lobster and crab fishing.
The Net Store is also category A listed and is of traditional stone construction, set beneath a slate and metal sheet roof. The Net Store is built into the bank with west elevation and a symmetrical east façade with two ground floor doors each flanked by windows. The Bothy Flat forms the upper floor of the Net Store building located on the harbour edge and can be accessed from the west at first floor level.
The building is currently unoccupied and will require extensive upgrading. The ground floor of the Net Store building has a double height ceiling from the days when it was used for hanging out fishing nets, and access directly on to the harbourside. Subject to the appropriate planning and listed building consents this could be converted to provide further accommodation or incorporated into the Bothy Flat above to provide a spectacular single dwelling.
NOTE: part of the roof is in dangerous condition and access should not be taken internally to the Net Store.
Immediately adjacent to the residential dwellings and harbour are spectacular white sand beaches surrounded by dramatic cliffs and inlets with breeding wildlife and birdlife.
Sandside Beach is close by, an idyllic sandy beach bounding the Reay Golf Course and is thought to be one of the least visited beaches in Scotland.
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