The term “unique opportunity” can be a little overused, but it is not every day that the chance to own a water tower on the beautiful Isle of Harris in the Western Isles of Scotland presents itself. The potential for a peaceful bolt-hole in idyllic surroundings certainly has appeal.

The iconic, disused water tower, is the legacy of the most ambitious industrial enterprise ever undertaken by a Hebridean laird.

Philanthropist Lord Leverhulme's aim was to bring employment and a measure of prosperity to a community struggling to maintain a livelihood in the aftermath of the Clearances. His £250,000 scheme was to have transformed the straggling township into a significant herring port, and for a brief period 70 steam trawlers supplied fish-processing factories here, employing hundreds.

Built around 1920 to supply water to Lord Leverhulme’s fish processing plant and local housing for plant workers, it is now entirely redundant. It offers a range of alternative use potential (subject to all necessary consents in consultation with Historic Environment Scotland), occupying a site of about 0.22 acres on the picturesque Isle of Harris, Western Isles, Scotland.

It is going to online auction via property and land specialists Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a guide price of £20,000. Bids close at midday on Friday, December 11.

Graeme Biffen, Partner, notes: “GTH have dealt with the sale of various interesting and unique assets over recent years, including another iconic water tower in Devon which sold extremely well after competitive online bidding. We are delighted to have been instructed to take this fantastic opportunity to the market and we are expecting national interest in this lot.”

The striking structure is in an elevated position with views across Loch Steisabhat to the north and the islands of the Sound of Harris to the south.

Heading north-west from the water tower takes you along the beautiful west coast of Harris, with its many stunning beaches (the closest being around five minutes drive away). The world-famous Luskentyre Beach is around 15-20 minutes drive, offering white sand, clear water and a stunning mountain backdrop - it has been consistently voted one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and is rated by Tripadvisor as the most beautiful beach in the UK (2020).

For more information on the auction please visit or contact Graeme Biffen via email or ring 01884 243000.