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Howietoun Fishery, Sauchiemill, Stirlingshire, FK7

Under Offer £225,000
27 ac.

Property Description

Commercial information

  • 27 acres (10.9 hectares)

Key features

  • B listed former Grain Mill
  • 1 & 3 Sauchiemill Cottages
  • Four A listed outbuildings
  • Listed fishponds and railings
  • 3 additional outbuildings
  • About 27 acres in all
  • Grain Mill - Commercial EPC - G
  • Sauchiemill - EPC Rating - F

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Historic former fishery with redundant fishponds, numerous outbuildings/cottages and about 27 acres



Howietoun Fishery was established by Sir James Maitland in 1881. Within the original Grain Mill is a commemorative window dedicated to Sir James.

In the 1870s, Sir James, on whose estate Sauchiemill stood, began scientific trials into trout breeding and rearing to create what became an internationally renowned and pioneering fishery. At nearby Milnholm, fish were bred in the hatchery and reared in the numerous ponds at Howietoun. Through scientific experimentation, Sir James, who has been dubbed the ‘father of scientific aquaculture’, pioneered fish farming techniques and set the standard for modern fish farming. He successfully overcame the difficulties in packing and transporting live ova so that by the 1880s, millions of ova were being produced and exported to as far afield as Australia and New Zealand.

In 1979 Howietoun Fishery, Milnholm Hatchery and Sauchiemill were bought by the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling primarily for the practical training of students as well as maintaining a commercial enterprise.

The overall site extends to about 27 acres which is divided into two distinct areas. On the site plan, the red zone extends to about 12.86 acres and not only includes the historic fish ponds but also a number of A and B listed buildings. The listing also includes the perimeter railings.

Within this zone is the B listed Grain Mill which is stone built with a slate roof. It extends to about 163 m2. There are a number of internal rooms and the upper mezzanine floor is accessed by a timber staircase.

The A listed buildings include the former Mincing House (4.14m x 2.61m), Dispatch House and the Hatching House together with the now derelict Summer House located in the centre of one of the ponds.

1 and 3 Sauchiemill Cottages originally formed three cottages but now only accommodate two dwellings. There are in an extremely poor condition and will require extensive renovation. The Cottages are not listed. It is roughly estimated that the whole building extends to about 288 m2.

There are further outbuildings which related to the Fishery spread over this zone.

The blue zone noted on the site plan extends to about 14.08 acres. Although not within the listing, this is the location of the more modern fish ponds which were formed by the University to accommodate the education purpose of the Fishery. Also located in this zone is a traditionally constructed Store House which has wet dash render and a pitch slated roof.


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Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
10 September 2018

Nearest stations

  • Stirling (3.4 mi)
  • Larbert (5.8 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Stirling (3.4 mi)
  • Larbert (5.8 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Bell Ingram, Perth

Durn, Isla Road, Perth, PH2 7HF

01738 318007 Local call rate

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Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles apply and calls may be included in your telecom provider's call package.

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