'Haunted' ruins of ancient village with private beach up for sale on Loch Tay in Perthshire

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The ruins of a village said to be haunted by a 17th-century ghost have gone on sale. 

The Old Village of Lawers, on the north shore of Loch Tay in Perthshire, is up for grabs for offers of more than £125,000.

The three-acre site includes a private beach, semi-ancient native woodland and trout fishing rights.

It also includes Old Lawers Church, built in 1669, a mill, a kiln, the House of Lawers and apparently the ghost of its last occupant, a woman who predicted the invention of trains and steamships.

The Lady of Lawers is believed to haunt the village still and is remembered for making various prophecies, some of which seem to have come true.

She is said to have predicted the creation of the railway in a vision of "fire-coaches" crossing the Drumochter Pass, as well as the construction of steamboats when she talked about a "ship driven by smoke".

She is also said to have predicted the Highland clearances, when tenants were driven off the land to make way for sheep.

This affected her own village in the 17th century when many villagers were evicted.

The ruins largely date to this time, although there is evidence of a settlement on the site before 1473.

The 1841 census lists 17 people living in the village but it was abandoned early in the 20th century.

Historic Environment Scotland describes the site as "an upstanding and well-preserved example of a deserted settlement".

Jon Lambert, partner at selling agents Goldcrest Land and Forestry Group, said: "This is an extremely rare opportunity to buy a part of Scotland's heritage in one of the most beautiful places in the country.

"The sale offers a unique chance to be the owner and custodian of an area wonderfully rich in history, romance and tradition.

"The Old Village of Lawers also offers fabulous amenity. The owners can launch a boat on the loch and enjoy fishing, picnicking and camping. It is a very special site."

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