The islands’ northern latitude is a boon in the summer, he added, with games viable until around 11 p.m. in July; this is also the reason why Askernish organizes its Open every August. (It was canceled in 2020, but returned this summer.)
Demand for properties in the Outer Hebrides has increased during the pandemic, as have prices. Mr Gillies noted that another agency in the islands typically had a list of around 40 homes available at any one time, but its inventory had dropped to four by mid-summer this year. “At some point, with the demand that is out there, we’re just going to run out of properties,” he said.
Homes here tend to fall into two broad categories, he noted: older historic cottages and contemporary eco-friendly architecture with an emphasis on sustainability.
Conventionally, he said, the houses here would sell for the price suggested on a land surveyor’s report; Over the past six months, successful bids have typically hovered between 20% and 30% above that number.
Rentals of small farms, or local farms, fetched between £ 15,000 and £ 20,000 (roughly $ 21,000 to $ 28,000), but the one overlooking scenic Luskentyre Bay in Harris was looking for deals of £ 200,000 or more.
Of course, there are no houses for sale overlooking Askernish, nestled in the dunes. But it’s worth the drive or ferry ride to South Uist from any home on the islands, said golf historian Mr McStravick.
“Golf is more than a game of stick and ball, it’s about getting away from it all,” he said. “And I don’t think there is a better place in Scotland to get lost either in the golf course or in the countryside.”