The Bu of Cairston,

Bu Road, Stromness

OFFERS OVER £165,000


Home Report available by email on request


The Bu of Cairston is a unique property in a peaceful and secluded position on the shore of the Bay of Cairston, just a few minutes’ drive from Stromness and all town amenities.

The property extends in all to 1.8 acres or thereby and comprises detached one bedroomed cottage, mature and well maintained garden, shed/workshop, boat noust leading to the foreshore, substantial stone built former mill and ruinous stone outbuildings on the site of a reputed ancient castle.

The cottage requires modernisation but retains many original features such as flag stone floors, open beam ceilings and traditional barn-style doors. EPC Band E (48). Home Report available by email on request.

Every element of this property offers tremendous development potential. Viewing is highly recommended to fully appreciate the location.



Kitchen diner: 19’03” x 7’06”
2 windows north facing; fitted base kitchen units; stainless steel sink; plumbed for washing machine; telephone point; 3DPP; flagstone floor; 2 barn-style doors lead to sittingroom.

Sittingroom: 15’04 x 15’03”
2 windows south facing towards Graemsay and Hoy; 2 windows east facing onto garden and towards Bay of Ireland and shore; fireplace with inset “Clarke” multi-fuel stove; 4DPP; open beam ceiling; flagstone floor.

Hatch to attic; vinyl flooring; 1DPP; storage heater.

Shower room: 7’04” x 7’02”
Opaque window north facing; wc and whb; tiled shower block with power shower; vinyl flooring.

Bedroom: 15’05” x 11’09”
Window south facing; window west facing; 4DPP; vinyl flooring.

Study: 7’01” x 5’06”
Window south facing with views to Graemsay and Hoy; storage heater; cupboard housing fuse box; 1DPP.



Mature and well maintained garden laid to lawn with gravel turning circle; mature trees and shrubs; barrel planters; decorative drystone walls provide shelter for bedding plants.




Shed/workshop: 17’10” x 15’08”

Block construction; new corrugated iron roof; wooden door; concrete floor; provides ample dry storage space.



Old Mill:
Stone built with tiled roof; some original mill workings remain within the building.




Area of rough grazing extends to the foreshore




Former boat noust, still visible, runs from the south end of the old mill to the foreshore to the ruins of what is believed to have been a stone-built boat shed remain.




Ruinous outbuilding
Quantity of ruinous stone outbuildings lie on the site of a reputed ancient castle.



Price: Offers over £165,000 are invited


Contents: Some contents may be available to purchase by separate negotiation

Viewing: For appointment to view please contact the selling agents


Entry: Immediate


Council Tax: The subjects are Band B. The Council Tax Band may be re-assessed by the Orkney and Shetland Valuation Joint Board when the property is sold. This may result in the band being altered


Services: Mains electricity, water, telephone; drainage to private septic tank


Energy Performance Rating: The property has an energy efficient rating of Band E (48)


Offers: Written offers should be lodged with the selling agents. Only those who have formally noted interest through a Scottish solicitor will be advised of any closing date 


J.E.P. Robertson & Son

Solicitors and Estate Agents

26 Victoria Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3AA

Tel: 01856 850232 Fax: 01856 851085

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 While the above particulars are believed to be correct they are not warranted and should not be used in any conveyance or missive of the subjects