03
Sep '19

Although we are still waiting to find a buyer for our current home (anyone out there fancy a beautiful 4-bed detached in sunny North Shropshire?) it’s surprising the amount we’ve been able to get done ready for the move. In no particular order we have found a house and had an offer accepted, had quotes for the building work that would need doing to it, obtained a mortgage decision in principle, instructed a conveyancer ready for the sale, instructed a conveyancer for the purchase (the Scottish system is different so we can’t get one conveyancer to handle it all), had removal quotes, and started putting lots of stuff into storage. It’s already been no small amount of effort but the more we can do in advance, the less stressful the move week itself will be. Hopefully.

Nairn House From The Front

The house we have found was built in the 1880s, at a time when Nairn was a very different place, although it had long since been a thriving harbour town. It gives us the balance we were looking for on many levels; rural location vs town convenience, walking distance to the beach but also the local shops, fifteen minutes drive to Inverness and yet with a wealth of countryside around. It is also liveable initially (just about!), but the work required gave us some good negotiating power, and will give us the opportunity to make it our own. It’s going to be a challenge for sure, but one that we’re all ready for and eager to begin.

02
Sep '19

Ever get that feeling like you’re standing at the bottom of a mountain looking up at the height you have to climb and thinking “how in the hell am I going to do this?” That’s certainly been a regular occurrence to me since we decided to make the big move up from Shropshire to Scotland. And I don’t just mean the borders, or Glasgow or Edinburgh, I mean real Scotland. We’re taking the whole family (plus a Basset Hound, several Giant African Land Snails and an ant farm) up to Nairn on the Moray Coast, just east of Inverness.

This isn’t like moving to the next town over, or even shifting across country. It’s 410 miles and at least an eight hour drive (factoring in a comfort break here and there). The half-way point is just south of Edinburgh. We will be approximately as close to London as Berlin. We are heading beyond the wall to where the wildlings* live.

Our current house is up for sale, and we’ve had a verbal offer accepted on a fantastic house on the outskirts of Nairn. Built in the 1880s it’s got amazing character and a good bit of land with it, however it needs a lot of work doing to bring it up to standard and turn it into the family home we need. More to come on that in the next post!

*Actually the people of the Highlands are generally awesome, which is a big contributing factor to the choice of destination.