Scotland’s Diverse Property Market – from Croft to Castle

From the bustling city of Edinburgh to the remote highlands and coastal resorts, Scotland is an incredibly beautiful country with a great diversity of property options. The diversity of its landscape is paralleled by its equally varied property market. There’s probably something for everyone here.

Scotland’s property market covers everything from stately castles, to their conversions to modern studios.

If you’re looking at more populated areas, such as Edinburgh, Glasgow or Fife, you can choose from any number of new build flats, semi-detached and detached properties. However, you can also pick from a variety of more eclectic and historic buildings.

Just outside of Glasgow, for example, you can buy an ‘eight bedroom detached property’, with the postal address ‘Bardowie Castle’. Modestly described, this is in fact a literal castle and is actually Scotland’s oldest stone keep. It contains a loch, tennis court and ten acres of land and will cost you close to £3 million – to live like royalty, you have to pay the price!

Bardowie Castle, Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire, G62 6EY.
Bardowie Castle in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire, currently on the market with a guide price of £2,700,000.

If you’re looking for a slice of history without the ‘grade A’ price tag, Scotland is a great place to look. Crofts (small dwellings situated on farmland) are something of the past, but they can still be found in Scotland at bargain prices. Glasgow and East Kilbride have studios and one bedroom flats for sale for less than £50,000, some of which in iconic grade II listed buildings. For example, a one bedroom flat in the famous St Andrew’s Court in Glasgow, formerly a Sheriff’s Courthouse, complete with newly refurbished rooms but maintaining its period features, will set you back a measly £48,000. That’s very little money for a lot of history!

Student Accommodation at St Andrews court, St Andrews Street, Glasgow, G1 5PW.
St Andrews Court – student accommodation in Glasgow, with studio flats available from £50,000.

So whether you’re looking for a castle or a croft, Scotland can deliver with its huge range of properties for sale.

Scottish Estate Agents

Here’s a selection of recommended estate agents in Scotland.

Rettie & Co

Rettie & Co was established in 2012 in the beautiful historic town of Bearsden, located 6 miles outside of Glasgow. A small local business, they focus on properties in Bearsden, Milngavie and the surrounding countryside and prioritise top customer service and friendly interactions and transactions. 

Address: Rettie & Co, 165 Milngavie Road, Bearsden, Glasgow, G61 3DY

Phone: 0141 392 0116

Residence Estate Agents

Residence Estate Agents do what they say on the tin- they deal solely in residences. Their focus is selling homes and they have locally based directors and co-owners of the business, meaning that customer service is at the forefront of transactions. 

Address: Residence Estate Agents, 61-63 Main Street, Uddingston, Glasgow, G71 7EP

Phone: 01698 650083

Clyde Property

Clyde Property has won numerous Sunday Times awards and has over 30 years’ experience as an independent estate agent. Clyde Property prides itself on excellent and personal customer service and is located in Bearsden, 6 miles outside of Glasgow. Bearsden itself is worth a day trip, as it features Roman remains and the Antonine Wall. 

Address: Clyde Property, 68 Drymen Road, Bearsden, Glasgow, G61 2RH

Phone: 0141 392 0185


Savills is an international company with over 160 years experience. They service the whole of the UK and beyond, and can offer many services including buying and selling, consultancy, asset management and investment. Their Glasgow offices are situated in the beautiful city centre, and staff are proud to offer exceptional customer service. 

Address: Savills, 163 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 2JJ

Phone: 07815 994691

Your Move McLaughlin

Your Move is an established nationwide estate agent. The Uddington branch can be found in the centre of the affluent village, near to Glasgow. Your Move has over 6000 reviews on TrustPilot, with an average rating of 4.4, so are a well established choice for your moving needs. 

Address: Your Move McLaughlin, 39 Main Street, Uddingston, Glasgow, G71 7EP

Phone: 01698 650067

Pure Investor

Pure Investor was formed in 2005 when Pure Property Overseas Limited and The Overseas Investor merged. Based in the UK, this estate agent deals with properties all over the world. Offices are based in Manchester, but the staff are passionate about student properties countrywide, whether this be buying or letting. 

Address: Pure Investor, Building 12, Office 16 Tameside Business Park, Windmill Lane, Denton, M34 3QS

Phone: 0161 468 0126