TV show gives Arran a property boost

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Estate agents have reported a huge surge of interest in property on Arran following the broadcast of an episode of Escape to the Country which featured Arran as the location for house-hunters.

The popular BBC show aired on BBC1 on Monday February 25 and focused on living a slower-paced lifestyle on Arran.

Showing off three desirable properties on Arran, one in Kildonan and the others in Corrie and Whiting Bay, the programme also paid a visit to the Lochranza Distillery and Lamlash Bay, where the Marine Protected Area and No Take Zone were highlighted.

Following the programme, estate agents on Arran, and those that cover the Arran area, reported an abnormally large spike in interest in property on the island which they attribute directly to the TV programme.

Darren Lee, who covers the island for McEwan Fraser Legal, said: ‘The episode has led to a huge surge in online searches for properties on the island.

‘Some properties seeing as much as 20 times their normal daily activity, which is very encouraging for anyone selling their property in the coming months. We have also noticed that viewing activity for the next few weeks has increased also.

‘We believe that this surge in online interest can be attributed to the show and, with the warmer weather just around the corner, we are confident that buyers who are new to Arran will soon be exploring and living on this magical island.

‘What a great time to bring your house to market.’

Ann Rhead, of Arran Estate Agents, who are Arran’s longest established estate agency, has also seen the effects of the programme, saying: ‘We have had interest peaking on our websites and through phone inquiries.

‘We are hopeful that this interest bears fruit in the coming marketing period, which is our busiest time of the year.’

The Escape to the Country featuring Arran is still available on the BBC iPlayer.