It is fair to say that the buzz words among Property Solicitors, Landowners and the Keeper of the Land Register of Scotland at present are undoubtedly “voluntary registration”.  The Scottish Government have infused the political minds of the nation with the question of “who owns Scotland” and has set upon the Keeper of the Land Register of Scotland with a political drive to ‘map’ Scotland by 2024.  Currently in Scotland there are two co-existing systems: the Sasine record, which keeps a record of deeds of land ownership, primarily being a hybrid system of being both description based and plans based, and the Land Register which is a map based system and operates under a government backed warranty system giving owners some security and clarity of title.  The Scottish Government want all property to be registered in the Land Register by 2024, and to try and meet this target the Registers of Scotland have introduced new trigger events whereby owners are forced to register title in the Land Register. For example, a transfer of title on death or the granting of a new Standard Security, which previously would not have meant first registration was necessary.  Coupled with new ‘trigger’ transactions, there is also the introduction of a voluntary registration scheme in which the Registers of Scotland are encouraging Landowners to register their title and giving them a 25% discount on the registration fees to do this.  There can be certain benefits to bringing your Sasine title onto the Land Register as it does give the Landowners the control of the registration process meaning owners can use their knowledge of the property to make sure their title and boundaries are registered and plotted on the Land Register Mapping system, (the Cadastral Map) accurately.  This is particularly relevant in rural areas as more properties are not yet on the Land Register compared with areas which are more heavily populated e.g. Edinburgh and Glasgow.  Williamson and Henry have a number of Solicitors who deal with property matters including voluntary registration and can discuss this with you and go over any questions or queries you may have.


Please feel free to get in touch on 01557 330692 or drop us an email to discuss voluntary registration of your property.  One of our solicitors would be happy to assist.

Conveniently Country

17Many buyers are looking for the feel of rural living, but are not keen on being too far from the comfort of convenience.  We current have a good range of properties which are located just outside larger town and give that happy balance between country and convenient living.   Or if you have a similar property that you are thinking about selling please do not hesitate to get in touch as there is good demand for this type of property.  Call us on 01557 331 049 to arrange a viewing.

Bengairn, Millhall, Kirkcudbright

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A well-appointed four bedroomed bungalow in exclusive coastal residential development near Kirkcudbright, enjoying an elevated outlook with views over the Dee Estuary at Dhoon Bay towards Kirkcudbright and to the Galloway hills beyond.

Paddockhall, Dundrennan

A charming, 3 bedroom bungalow in a rural setting. This home provides spacious accommodation and also spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. The location and setting of this property is its most valuable attribute, offering a peaceful and tranquil holiday home or permanent residence.

The Ben, Sandside, Kirkcudbright

The Ben is a well-proportioned two bedroom detached home situated on the outskirts of the picturesque harbour town of Kirkcudbright. This property has the feeling of a “cosy” country cottage without compromising on space or convenience of amenities. The ground floor offers a number of reception rooms with sleeping accommodation on first floor level, almost all rooms benefiting from outlook over the front garden and beyond towards the Dee Estuary and the west.


Guttieside, Kirkandrews, Borgue


Guttieside Cottage is a cosy Galloway cottage, rich in character, and well appointed with modern amenities. There is traditional wood panelling to many internal walls, doors in keeping with the character of the cottage, and double glazed sash and case windows.

Rosewall Cottage, New Abbey

A delightful mid-terraced traditional Category C Listed cottage of historic interest in the heart of a sought after conservation village lying approximately 7 miles from the centre of Dumfries and on the Solway Coast Tourist Trail. The property has been tastefully renovated and refurbished to a high standard and forms an ideal holiday home, buy to let property or first time buy within a village setting.

Savvy Selling…

If you are thinking about selling your property but don’t know where to start then our blog might provide some useful tips and suggestions……..

  • Use a local agent who you feel confident in

Local knowledge helps to sell the local area as well as the property to people out with the region.  With the wonderful internet we live in a Global society these days and we have seen a number of buyers from south of the border; the central belt and highlands and even internationally looking for property.  We are finding that many of the viewers from out with the region are also looking at property elsewhere in Scotland this is when knowing the local area comes into its own.

  • Go and visit the local agents as if you are a house purchaser

This will give you an idea of how proactive they will be at selling your property if you choose them to market your home.   Many agents do offer free pre-market appraisals of your property which will provide you with a fee estimate of the costs involved in selling your property in terms of the solicitors firms they will provide you with a breakdown of Estate Agency only Fees and Conveyancing Fees.  This gives sellers flexibility to either keep everything ‘in-house’ or lets them use one agent for the Estate Agency and perhaps retain a long standing relationship with another solicitor. Your Agent is there to sell your property – don’t just go for the cheapest quote – consider what you get for your money.

Ask plenty of questions at a pre-market appraisal; is there a mailing list of potential buyers?  Do you follow up home report downloads?

  • Valuation/asking price

Ultimately the pre-market appraisal will also give you a rough indication of the property valuation which will vary from agent to agent but this is ultimately decided by the surveyor who will eventually be instructed to carry out the Home Report valuation.  It is the Surveyors that decide on the value of the property looking at recent comparable property sales as well as looking at the demand  for this particular type of property.   

It can sometimes take a large number of enquiries to convert to one viewing; therefore having quality advertising coverage of your property to make it stand out from the rest – for all the right reasons. 


  • Marketing & Photography

We place a lot of emphasis on the photography we undertake of the house which is normally done by the staff within the firm however we do have good working relationships with a professional photographer who can take photos if required.  We also work with a local firm, ‘Galloway Aerial’, who can provide aerial footage and stills as well as internal video tours.   These ‘bolt-ons’ are all optional extras and, whilst they are available to all clients, we will specifically suggest them where we think appropriate. 

Aerial Photography is a useful tool to show a property’s location in context.  It can sometimes be difficult, in one ‘front photo’, to convey the size of a rear garden (which is itself a selling feature) along with say a stunning view.  Likewise internal video tours are becoming more common and the feedback we have had from potential buyers is that it helps give them an idea of a property before coming to view from a large distance. The internal video tour can also provide as a useful refresh for purchasers who have perhaps viewed a number of properties on the same day.

These tools such as the drone footage really aren’t as expensive as you may think ….(Galloway Aerial Price List)

The internal video tours have been better at increasing interest via social media rather than a simple link to a listing; the videos automatically play on Facebook and grab attention as well as being a useful tool on the likes of Rightmove, Zoopla and Primelocation – it is recommended by these websites to have as many images and as much information as possible on each listing; as the feeling from the teams between these websites is  that the more information they click on for a specific property should result in a click through to the agent to generate an enquiry.  

Get in touch  ………..to see how we can help you sell your property…

Uniquely Urban

There are many things about living in a town which can be appealing – convenience for local amenities and services, close to other family and friends, plenty to see and do.  In Dumfries and Galloway we are spoilt for choice for nice towns – whether it’s a busy high street or a quieter suburb that’s your things, there is both a plenty. Let us know what you are looking for and we can help find your prefect #urban property #convenient #local

Marylands,Castle Douglas

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A detached three bedroom bungalow tucked away but enjoying a private location beside Carlingwark Park and within easy level walking distance of the town centre and all facilities. The property benefits from gas heating and double glazing.

#bungalow #quiet #private #market #town


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A traditional end terraced two storey and attic property located at the corner of Union Street with the town’s historic High Street. Ideally suited as a holiday bolt hole or as a buy to let investment. The property benefits from gas fired heating and is in excellent decorative order.

#buytolet #bolthole #central #oldtown


Glendevon, St Georges, Castle Douglas

An absolutely delightful, very tastefully freshly decorated family home in ‘move in’ condition. With ample ground floor accommodation and close situation to Castle Douglas town centre, this home would suit a retired couple also. The property benefits from white UPVC double glazing and gas central heating. #delightful #immaculate #location


Chattan House

Well appointed, detached house in a desirable area of Kirkcudbright. Enjoying an elevated position with fine views the property is ideal as a large family home or Guest House business opportunity.

First time buyers/Buy to Let

You have finally saved enough for a deposit for your first house, so now for the fun bit – property hunting! We have several properties which would be perfect ‘first time buyer’ homes whether you are looking for a bit of project or a property in walk in condition. Give us a ring and see if we have the ideal first property for you.

6 Devorgilla Place, Dumfries (Marchfields Area of Dumfries) 

front-4garden-1An ideal first time buyers home or buy to let opportunity.  An immaculately presented two bedroom mid-terraced house in a highly sought after area of Dumfries.

An excellent opportunity has arisen to purchase this two bedroom house presented in move in condition in a highly sought after area of Dumfries. Built in 2014, the property benefits from modern fixtures and fittings throughout. Early internal inspection is highly recommended.

Balgreen, Bridge of Dee, Castle Douglas 

main.JPGA delightful one bedroomed cottage, which is tidy and modern in design, in move in condition this property would suit a first time buyer, someone looking to downsize to one level living or an affordable bolt hole which is situated in a quiet village close to all that Dumfries and Galloway has to offer.

The Bridge of Dee itself has a community hall with various activities on offer and also a local bakery shop which sells many essentials. The property benefits from beautiful views from the rear of the garden over open farmland.

47 Castledykes Road, Kirkcudbright

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A semi-detached timber clad property in established residential area conveniently located for schools and other facilities. Ideally suited as a first time buyer’s or family home but equally suited as a buy to let investment. The property benefits from UPVC double glazing, electric heating and a modern UPVC conservatory to the rear


12 The Doon, Twynholm

12-the-doon-webNumber 12 The Doon is a spacious Semi-detached Bungalow situated in the popular residential area of Twynholm, The Doon. Well-proportioned accommodation offered throughout is further enhanced by pleasant, low-maintenance outside space given to the front and rear of the property.


34 Stirling Crescent, Kirkcudbright

main1.JPGKirkcudbright, this property is an excellent prospect for either a family or first time buyer looking for a spacious and easy to maintain home.
Admittedly in need of some modernisation this property is very tidy and clean and it is in move in condition with no immediate attention required in any of the rooms. A prospective purchaser may wish to redecorate to improve the cosmetic appeal of this home, the price reflects this position.  Set within minutes of Kirkcudbright town centre with all the local amenities which this Artist’s town has to offer this is an ideal opportunity not to be missed.

15 Princess Street, Kirkcudbright

15 Princess Street is an easily managed, lovely family home. The present owners have made many improvements and the property now benefits from: full UPVC double glazing; full gas central heating with the boiler installed in 2014; a lovely fitted kitchen; well-equipped bathroom and a high standard of decoration throughout; Both front and rear gardens have been paved and graveled for ease of maintenance.

The current owners have also cleverly formed the single bedroom and the use of a bed that folds away against the wall creates useful floor space during the day.


Handsome Homes

BIG is sometimes better!  In this market, you tend to find that if you can afford to buy bigger, you get more brick for your buck.  Have a look at all of our size able properties to see which would suit your needs best.  We have a range of properties with ‘check list’ features such as sea views, rural, close to town, with land.  Call our Property Office for more details on 01557 331 049 or to be added onto our mailing list.


Looking for an edge of town location then Amberlea, in Castle Douglas may just fit the bill.  Attractive, spacious modern detached two storey villa situated in a quiet cul-de-sac on the outskirts of Castle Douglas. In excellent decorative order throughout.  #castledouglas #familyhome 


Or if you are looking for a property with a bit of character which is in a private location without being too remote and rural that you can put your own stamp on Deeview, Kirkcudbright could be for you.


Deeview is a fine traditional detached country house set in its own spacious garden grounds.

It enjoys the feel of rural living without losing the convenience of local amenities being only
a short drive from Kirkcudbright (as the nearest town) . Deeview House itself, offers well-proportioned living accommodation. #period property #traditional 
If you would like your new home to have flexible accommodation to suit family / friends staying over; or would like the ability to earn some extra income offering B&B or advertising a spare room with the likes of #AirBnB then why not have a look at Larglea

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Larglea is a fine country villa in a private location set in delightful garden grounds near Twynholm village with easy access to the A75. The property benefits from oil fired heating, Aga range cooker, log burning stoves and double glazing.  Ideally suited as a family home with the benefit of a self-contained wing.


If your looking for a property which is a bit more rural than those previously mentioned; then the beautiful Pringleton at Borgue may just be your cup of tea!

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A beautifully appointed detached Victorian villa of stone under slate roof which has been tastefully and painstakingly refurbished by the current owners to form a magnificent
family home in a very pleasant and picturesque Galloway rural location.  There is a newly built double garage in reclaimed stone, and a substantial two roomed studio, also of stone.



Rural Retreats….

Most of us lead a busy life Monday to Friday life which is a juggle between work, family and hobbies.  We have all heard the term the rat race’, and it’s a reality for many. There are some great opportunities in Dumfries and Galloway for a change of lifestyle or just a country bolt-hole for a place to unwind.  D&G, labelled the ‘forgotten lakes’, is more accessible than some think, accessible from the M74, M6 and locally, the A75.  Contact us on 01557 331 049 and let us help you with your search.

black & white.jpgNew House, Cults, Nr Whithorn, 
A delightful equestrian small holding in the heart of the Galloway countryside with a modern architect designed family home, substantial barn with paddock extending to around 4 acres. The house itself is a recently completed one and a half storey villa enjoying a slightly elevated location with a magnificent outlook over farmland to the Galloway hills.


The Park, Dundrennan, Kirkcudbright

The Park is a detached spacious family home with accommodation over two levels. Set on a hillside, it takes full advantage of the stunning surrounding countryside and views to Dundrennan Abbey, from an elevated position


Mill Stone Cottage, Girthon, Gatehouse

Quaint and charming, Millstone Cottage is a two bedroom, terraced courtyard property with views to surrounding countryside. It is very much your typical country retreat, yet benefits from the convenience of local amenities, being only 3 miles from Gatehouse of Fleet. The property is situated just a short drive from Cream O’Galloway Ice Cream Visitors Centre and less than 3 miles from the beaches of Sandgreen and Carrick