£80,000 price tag for historic Glenhead

Forestry Commission Scotland has put the historic Glenhead House, near Loch Trool, on the market despite a long-running campaign to save it.

The old granite farmhouse is, say campaigners, a vital piece of agricultural history with regards to the old style of Galloway hill farming and should be preserved by the Forestry Commission.

However, The Forestry Commission say it has tried for some time to generate interest in the 19th century building by prospective tenants or with a view to it being taken over by the right people as a base for environmental research or for walkers in the hills. However FC said it has had little feedback.

This has been blamed mainly on the difficulty of access to the remote site (six miles from Glentrool) for potential contractors.

Community groups were also contacted with the Right to Buy scheme in mind, which allows communities of less than 10,000 to buy a property when it comes up for sale, but nothing came of this either.

However, campaigners claim the house was of siginifcant importance to the Galloway writer, SR Crockett, who wrote about his visits to the house and surrounding areas with affection and delight while also highlighting the difficulties faced by the farmers on the hills.

He wrote of his approach to the house: “The clamour of children’s voices somewhere down by the meadow, a couple of dogs that welcome us with a chorus of belated barking –this is Glenhead, a pleasant place for the wandering vagabond to set his foot upon and rest awhile.”

Campaigners believe the house should be made a site of national importance.

Marketing agent Bell Ingram, Ayr, says a 4X4 vehicle is a necessity for access to the site and that the small wooden bridges crossing the route are not suitable for larger vehicles. However, a temporary, 11.5 mile-long alternate access via the Clatteringshaws end of the forest would be available on a permission basis during the renovation process .