Green light sought for latest stage in Mount Stuart masterplan

The former farm steading at Quien, near Scalpsie Bay on Bute's south-west coast.
The former farm steading at Quien, near Scalpsie Bay on Bute's south-west coast.

A planning application has been submitted for the latest development in the Mount Stuart Trust’s plans to breathe new life into its empty properties on Bute.

The Trust is seeking approval from Argyll and Bute Council to convert the byre and cottage at the former Quien steading, near Scalpsie Bay, into two self-catering holiday properties, one of them specifically designed to provide disabled-friendly accommodation.

The proposed development is part of the second phase of the Mount Stuart Masterplan, being funded by an investment from the Trust of more than £8 million.

Also included in the second phase of the plan is the provision of three newly-built properties and a converted stone byre for long-term tenancy at the former Ambrismore farm, just a few hundred yards from the Quien site, and Woodend on the western shore of Loch Fad, where a B-listed Georgian house will be restored to provide unique self-catering holiday let accommodation for larger groups.

Demolition of the farmhouse and most of the outbuildings at Ambrismore began last month, while planning permission for the Woodend project was granted in September.