Tiny crofter cottage is now of ‘national importance’
Downie’s Croft after the restoration.
left behind including clothing, boxes of Christmas cards and pieces of ribbon stored away as keepsakes.
Upstairs, pages from old magazines and newspapers lined the walls and they even discovered a horse-drawn sledge.
And when Historic Environment Scotland (HES) was contacted, Downie’s Cottage was immediately given
Grade A listed status. The property is now viewed as a “building of national importance”.
A major restoration was guided by HES which Mrs Innes has described as a “labour of love”. She added: “It hasn’t made any sense in terms of effort or money but we feel that we have done the right thing.”
The restored cottage will be used as a holiday home.