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40 Ac(16.19 Ha)
Offers over £300,000

GrimbisterKirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1TU

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Private island for sale
  • 40 acres of arable land
  • Period farm cottage and farm buildings
  • Mains services
  • Wind turbine generates free electricity


About this property

  • Holm of Grimbister is a small island extending to about 40 acres. There is a period cottage providing basic accommodation and a traditional L-shaped steading with conversion potential. The island benefits from being connected to mainland Orkney at low tide by a causeway. There is a small triangular parcel of land extending to about a 1/3 of an acre on the mainland and access rights to the A965 public road. The land is all arable and is well fenced into 9 separate enclosures. In addition a site has been leased for a 6 Kw wind turbine which provides electricity for the property and for export to the grid. Mains services are all connected to the mainland.

    Farm Cottage

    Facing south and with lovely views over the mainland, the cottage is built in stone under and slate roof with a modern flat roofed extension over the sun lounge on the front elevation. The accommodation comprises; sun lounge, entrance hall, kitchen, bedroom, living room/bedroom 2 and shower room. The cottage benefits from a solid fuel “Carron Caskette” cooker in the kitchen, an open fireplace in the living room, and modern electric shower but is otherwise in its original condition and would benefit from some modernisation. The cottage is connected to the farm steading and subject to the necessary consents could be extended into the buildings to provide additional accommodation if desired.

    Farm Buildings

    The farm is equipped with an original L-shaped range of traditional farm buildings which were designed to provide the needs of the farm in the 19th century providing both livestock accommodation, grain and fodder storage.

    The Land

    The land is all arable and classified as Grade 4 (1) according the Hutton Institute. The soils are all free draining sandy loams. The property is well fenced with mainly post and wired fencing divided into 9 enclosures, with a 10th enclosure on the mainland. Mains water troughs are provided to all the fields with the exception of the two fields at the eastern end of the farm which have access to the small fresh water loch. There are also three wells capable of supplementing the existing mains supply.

    Farming System

    The land has been managed on a low intensity organic basis for over twenty years. Although it is not registered with the soil association the island has not received any inputs of artificial fertilizers or sprays in that time. The land is currently all in grass and stocked with a closed flock of Hebridean and North Ronaldsay sheep.

    The current owner has successfully grown various crops such as bere, oats, barley and potatoes on a small scale as part of a self-sufficient lifestyle.

    Wind Turbine

    The current owner benefits from the electricity generated by the small wind turbine erected on the property. A lease was entered into on the 6th May 2015 with Mistral Energy to allow them to erect and operate a 6 Kw Kingspan wind turbine on a site approximately 70 metres to the northwest of the farm cottage. The tenants receive the feeding tariffs fixed payment as their return on the investment and the landlord receives all electricity generated whether consumed on the property or exported to the grid. The lease endures until the 11th May 2036. The lease has been assigned to Hamsin Wind Ltd and the purchaser of Holm of Grimbister will be required to enter into the lease on the existing terms. The tenants are fully responsible for the operation and maintenance of the turbine and full details of the lease can be obtained from Savills.

Local information

  • Holm of Grimbister provides the best of island living yet with few of the drawbacks with mains services and easy access across the causeway to the mainland and nearby Kirkwall.
  • Orkney lies about 20 miles to the north of the Scottish mainland. This archipelago includes 70 islands, 20 of which are inhabited and has long been regarded as a very desirable place to live on account of the quality of life they offer and the strong sense of community. At the heart of the islands cultural scene is a thriving arts, crafts and musical tradition. Of particular note is the renowned St Magnus International Music Festival which attracts world class performers.
  • In common with the rest of Orkney, Holm of Grimbister has an abundance of wildlife. Seals, otters and a wide variety of birdlife can be observed. Orkney is also renowned for the numerous archaeological sites. Of particular significance is the world heritage site at Skara Brae, a stone built Neolithic settlement. Orkney is also well known for its yachting connections with regular visitors from Scandinavia to the new marina at Kirkwall.
  • Holm of Grimbister benefits from being close to Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney which has a full and excellent range of facilities including a hospital, and excellent secondary school with recently installed buildings, a useful range of shops and other services including banks, a modern library, three supermarkets, a modern leisure centre with a 25 metre swimming pool, gym and spa. The business and industrial centre on the edge of Orkney also has a wide range of services to the agricultural community including a livestock auction, machinery dealers and other services.

Additional information

  • Directions: Head west from Kirkwall on the A965 in the direction of Finstown and Stromness. Holm of Grimbister can be seen in the Bay of Firth from the road. Once opposite the island about 4 miles from Kirkwall, park in the tarred parking bay on the north side of the road. The island is reached on foot at low tide and by boat at other times.
  • EPC Rating = G