The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 28 April 2016

CKD Galbraith offer property for sale on Isle of Cumbrae

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale the Osprey Centre, a superb prospect located on the north side of the Isle of Cumbrae, North Ayrshire. 

The property enjoys spectacular sea views across the Firth of Clyde to Mount Stewart on the Isle of Bute, the beautiful Cowal Peninsula and the hills of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and on the mainland, Largs and Skelmorlie to the north.

The Isle of Cumbrae (also known as Great Cumbrae) is approximately 4 miles long and 2 miles wide and a circumference of about 10 miles. It is a short ferry trip (10 minutes) from Largs with a regular 15-minute ferry service in the summer months.

The Osprey Centre comprises two detached single storey buildings situated on a single track road. The current owners operate the accommodation as a holiday letting business for small groups and families, whilst the second building is used as a sports hall (pictured below). However there is potential for a change of use to permanent accommodation or a variety of commercial uses, subject to planning permission.

Historically, the Osprey Centre was of significant importance and was operated during World War II as an anti-submarine detection base. Known then as Eerie Port, its proximity to the shoreline was a major advantage for listening to underwater sounds in the approaches to the Firth. 

The equipment used was housed in the current living quarters and could detect the sound of any vessel attempting to penetrate the Cloch Boom which stretched from Dunoon to Cloch Point thus protecting the Firth of Clyde. 

The second building was thought to provide accommodation and was said to have a small machine gun emplacement nearby. The buildings were known on the island as “hush hush” - partly because of the clandestine nature of their purpose, but more because of the quiet needed to detect enemy presence.

After the War ended the station lay empty and disused for many years before being converted into a residential holiday centre for children in 1992 by the popular television series at that time Challenge Anneka. The refurbishment was entirely funded by local public appeals and completed over a three-day period.

Today the Isle of Cumbrae remains untouched and unspoilt. The sandy coves and bays are often visited by grey seals, and with a circumference of just 10.5 miles it is a haven for cyclists of all ages and abilities. The main town of Millport offers a range of shops, cafes and restaurants and, whilst it feels like a world of its own, it is less than 10 minutes on the ferry back to the mainland.

Offers Over £160,000 are being sought.

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About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 225 staff in offices across Scotland including Edinburgh, Stirling, Perthshire, Cupar, Inverness, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, and Aberdeen, offering local knowledge, national expertise and enjoying international reach.

The firm is Scotland’s largest and leading rural consultancy managing and providing advice on farm, forestry, land and estate interests on over three million acres.  CKD Galbraith provides the full range of property consulting services across the residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland and northern England. The partnership also enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

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