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Sporting estate on historic Orkney island

This Romantic Scottish estate has a great deal of potential

The Trumland estate is a mixed residential and sporting estate set in a beautiful location in Orkney,  formely owned by General Sir Frederick Traill-Burroughs, one of the heroes of the siege of Lucknow in the Indian Mutiny. Traill-Burroughs built Trumland House, designed by David Bryce of Edinburgh in 1873 and the property was later purchased by the Grant family of Grants Whisky who also owned the Highland Park Distillery in Kirkwall.

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Trumland House stands in grounds extending to some 44 acres, is approached by a gated and pillared entrance next to the Gate Lodge, and enjoys superb sea views to the south west and south east. The property requires significant refurbishment having been badly damaged by a fire in 1985.

However, the house is wind and water tight and the refurbishment programme is well under way: the house has been re-roofed, and a new attic floor installed, as well as timbers replaced where required.  Trumland offers great potential as a superb family residence. The agent’s floorplans indicate the likely accommodation on completion of the restoration.

To the front of the house are beautiful terraced lawns and a short distance to the rear is a well-maintained walled garden with greenhouse and stone-built potting and storage sheds. The walled gardens are colourful and well laid out, while  the land surrounding the house includes grassland areas together with policy woodlands of predominantly sycamore and ash with some laburnum and rhododendrons.

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Shooting potential

Although formal shooting has not taken place in recent years, Trumland offers some very enjoyable rough shooting; there are still a few grouse on the island along with woodcock, rabbit, duck and snipe as well as a number of wild pheasant.

There may be an opportunity to rent adjoining shooting rights, particularly over the Westness Hill which was historically rented by the owners of Trumland. Included in the sale is the solum of the Loch of Wasbister in the north west part of the island.  This includes a stone built boathouse with a concrete slipway. The loch provides enjoyable brown trout fishing and wildfowling opportunities. The land in total comes to around 1746 acres.

Sea Fishing/Water Sports
The waters around the Orkney Islands offer superb sea fishing opportunities. Sea trout fishing can also be enjoyed in various bays surrounding the islands. The waters around Orkney also provide first class sailing opportunities.

Wind Turbine
A lease of a wind turbine site has been granted by the current owners to Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre Development Trust. The lease is for 25 years from 9th May 2011 and provides rental income to the estate. Further information is available from the selling agents.

Rousay is a small, hilly island about two miles north of the Orkney mainland off the north coast of Scotland. It has been nicknamed “the Egypt of the north” due to its archaeological diversity and importance.

Separated from mainland Orkney by Eynhallow Sound, Rousay is reached by a ro-ro ferry from Tingwall pier on the mainland which takes 20 – 25 minutes. Today, Rousay is a self sufficient island with a grocery shop, primary school, doctor’s surgery, Post Office, fitness centre and church as well as restaurants and an hotel. There is a fuel station and Rousay has its own fire station. There is one circular road around the island, about 14 miles long, and most of the arable land lies in the narrow strip between this and the coastline.

The guide price is offers over £950,000. For further information please contact CKD Galbraith on 01463 224 343 or visit

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