Be interesting to know, Justa, if any of those old crofts could be rented with enough land to make virtual self-sufficiency a goer?
Oops (hehehe) x
He wants to buy (very cheaply, as he’s on limited hours at Aldi and struggling to save).
But you’re right, it’s more about land than a house on site. And surrounding area for foraging and fishing and so on. Right to roam is great in Scotland, but a lot of land is for rich fuckers to go shooting on. Similar with fishing rights.
That’s what pushes the price up compared to Wales.
Easier to buy crofts than rent them, I fear. One of the things that has happened as they have fallen out of use is that some people have acquired numbers of them (and grazing rights) and developed big herds of sheep. Pretty much exactly what the crofting laws were supposed to prevent but…
It is probably not cheaper here than round Dunoon as far as housing goes anyway. The firth of Clyde is surprisingly cheap considering how beautiful it is.
I have no idea about land prices in Argyle. Housing is cheap but I doubt there is much in the way of croft sized plots.
Better climate than here though, only rains 95% of the time.
I have only explored the Firth of Clyde once, but it was in a yacht, sailing round it for a few days and it was a revelation. I think one day it will thrive again, it is so beautiful with so much potential for outdoor pursuits, sailing, canoeing, mountain biking, walking, climbing, birdwatching etc, etc, really near to Glasgow and the rest of the Central Belt.
The micro-climate there can be “interesting”. When the subs come in, people batten down the hatches, apparently.
I’ve only seen photos and heard descriptions, but it seems to be a gorgeous place (apart from the chopping arms off and murder stuff). Bro spent most of his free time in the hills, or the pubs and those of Paisley, so my perception may well be tainted a tad!
Anyhoo, it’s been an enlightening conversation tonight. Many thanks to all involved. Time to wind down, here.
Goodnight, lovely chundies. xx
some lovely pics here today, the ones of the old mine almost look like coral reefs …or perhaps heather?
Bottoms, woken up on the sofa again, everyone’s gone home ….
Yes, heather, Inty.
Don’t know v much about Scotland, sad to say, been there a few times, maybe 3 or 4 and it is beautiful. Good luck if he goes for it.
Nn All x
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