One of the most historic properties on Barra, as pictured in the 1949 film Whisky Galore!, hits the market

One of the most historic properties on Barra, as pictured in the 1949 film Whisky Galore!, hits the market

Bell Ingram is delighted to bring Carnach House to the market for offers over £150,000. 

Located in the village of Castlebay on the Isle of Barra, which makes up for it small island size with beauty, character and a sense of community. The property is only a two-minute walk from the harbour and the terminal for the ferry to Oban, and there are direct flights from Glasgow which uniquely take off and land on the beach.

In 1949, the Isle of Barra was the setting for the filming of Compton MacKenzie’s book Whisky Galore, and Carnach House can be seen in the film.

The ground floor of Carnach House, previously the Old Post Office, has been sensitively renovated retaining the original post office counter and phone box. It remains a large open space offering a range of development possibilities to the new owner, as music/arts venue, commercial enterprise, or extension of the living space (subject to the necessary consents).

On the upper floor is a delightful two-bedroom apartment with kitchen, sitting room and bathroom. The property is in beautiful decorative order throughout.

The private garden area to the rear is bounded by a stone dyke on two sides, and on the third by the original stone Barra School building, which is included in the property sale. It is now derelict but with the original floor-to-ceiling fireplace remaining in one corner – the children were apparently asked to bring a peat turf for the fire every morning as their tuition fee. This building also offers exciting restoration/development potential (subject to the necessary consents).

Commenting on the property, Estate Agent, Joanne Stennett, says: “What a lovely bit of history is attached to Carnach House, and with the scope of development, it offers huge possibilities.”

For more information, or to arrange a viewing contact Joanne Stennett on 01463 717799 or email

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Joanne Stennett

Joanne Stennett

Estate Agency
Tel: 01463 717 799

About: Joanne heads up the Estate Agency team in our Beauly office and is focused on ensuring her clients have a positive experience when they list their property with Bell Ingram. From country houses to farms and estates, she has been marketing prime residential property in the Highlands and Islands for over 17 years. Joanne is well known in the local area, having developed excellent relationships with buyers and sellers. Interests: Residential Estate Agency, Rural Property Sales.

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