Going, going, gone? Most northerly castle is up for auction … again

The most northerly castle in Britain has gone on sale for the third time in barely a year.

Muness Castle in Unst is listed on Future Property Auctions with a £175,000 guide price.

The Grade A listed building was reported as having sold for £184,000 last April, only to appear back on the market the following week.

At the time, its asking price had shot up to a cool quarter of a million pounds, while the size of the estate had shrunk by a third from 240 to 160 acres.

According to title deeds, the building is still owned by Gavin Farquhar of Ecclesgreig Estate, who paid £65,000 for it in 2014.

Built in 1598 for Laurence the Bruce, the castle also comes with a number of crofter’s cottages and barns.

Its listing says gold and copper reserves were discovered in a recent geological survey, which would be included in the freehold purchase.

Historic Environment Scotland, which maintains the building, describes it as a “splendid example of tower house architecture” which is “full of delightful touches”.

Bidding ends at 3pm on Thursday.


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  • Allen Fraser

    • April 26th, 2022 13:20

    I see that you have removed reference to Robert the Bruce which was an almost unbelievably stupid statement.
    Maybe a little bit more research would reveal that it wasn’t built for someone called “Laurence the Bruce”, not even colloquially. No


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