Just 33 miles from Dundee airport (daily flights to London Stansted), Ardovie near Brechin comprises a private, 78-acre residential estate with a most attractive Grade A-listed six-bedroom house at its core. On the market for £1,195,000 through Knight Frank (0131 222 9600), the sale includes a three-bedroom keeper’s house and two-bedroom gate lodge; there is a stone barn with equestrian potential, four fields of grazing and 38 acres of mixed and commercial woodland with an established pheasant shoot and opportunities for roe deer stalking.
Designed in a traditional style by architect and owner Ian Begg, this modern four-bedroom tower-house at Craig, Ross-shire, features a welcoming great hall, a charming loggia and views over Loch Carron towards the Applecross Peninsula. Situated three miles from the airstrip at Plockton (where Hamish Macbeth was filmed), Raven’s Craig Tower costs £675,000 through Strutt & Parker (01463 719171)
Just 35 miles from Edinburgh, 15 miles from Selkirk and eight miles from Innerleithen, Eagle’s Nest is a wonderfully private three-bedroom cottage in Mountbenger, Yarrow Valley. Set in rugged Borders countryside, it is set at the end of a rough track that is ‘easily negotiated with care. So says Rettie & Co (01896 824070), which is quoting offers over £285,000.
Historically revered as ‘the home of golf’, St Andrews commands a premium for its property. A three-bedroom apartment on The Scores, for example, will set you back £895,000 through Savills (0131 247 3700) – but then it is within putting distance of the R&A Clubhouse. The views across the Old Course, St Andrews Bay and the West Sands (of Chariots of Fire fame) are simply iconic.