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Argyll and Bute in Top Places to Live in Scotland

According to the Royal Bank of Scotland Quality of life survey, Argyll and Bute is in the top 5 places to live in Scotland. It is an area of outstanding beauty, with mountains, sea lochs, 23 inhabited islands, six main towns and more than 3,000 miles of coastline. It is one of the largest and most sparsely populated local authority areas in Scotland and has a population of 88,050 scattered across an area of nearly 2,700 square miles. It stretches from Helensburgh in the East, part of the Glasgow commuter belt, to the remote island of Tiree in the west and from the Mull of Kintyre in the south to the growing town of Oban in the north.  This mix of urban communities, remote rural villages and a significant island population makes Argyll and Bute the most diverse local authority area anywhere in the UK, bringing a wealth of culture as well as challenges to delivering services.

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There are plenty of local sport and leisure facilities in the area, including Aqualibrium in Campbeltown and the Riverside Swim and Health Centre in Dunoon. While Oban's Corran Halls and Dunoon's Queen's Halls play host to a range of local and national performers.

The region’s primary schools consistently exceed national targets in reading, writing and mathematics. In national tests, Argyll and Bute is at the top end of Scottish attainment. Over 90% of the region's secondary pupils gain at least five standard grades, around 20% are awarded three or more Highers, and a higher than average number of pupils from the region go onto higher education.

If you are thinking of moving to the area and want to buy property, give Waterside Property a call today. We are based in Dunoon and have a wide selection of properties for sale throughout the region.

 

 

Reviews

David Geddes
David Geddes
22:43 19 Aug 20
Fabulous service with a great team that really look after you.
Anne and Keith Wood
Anne and Keith Wood
08:30 15 Aug 20
When buying a house in Scotland the process is different from England. The team at Waterside property services were very professional, polite and helpful in guiding us through this process. They also provided a list of solicitors and their contact details. We now live in our dream home by the sea.read more
Anne Wood
Anne Wood
08:24 15 Aug 20
When buying a house in Scotland the Process differs from England. The staff were very professional, polite and very helpful in guiding us through the process. Suppling us with a list of solicitors and their contact details. Thank you, we now live in our dream home.read more
Stephen Harrison
Stephen Harrison
16:03 14 Aug 20
I cannot praise them enough. They are so professional.
Stephen Harrison
Stephen Harrison
16:01 14 Aug 20
Waterside Property was an excellent choice for the sale of our house. They talked us through every stage of sale, they kept us informed. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a professional, caring estate agentread more
Ross Macdonald
Ross Macdonald
21:27 02 Apr 20
Received an excellent service from Scott and the team on the sale of our house.Expectations well set. House priced and photographed in a genuinely representative manner, meaning that anyone coming to see the place got exactly what they were promised on the website.The team represented our best interests well, and also went out of their way to best represent the couple who bought out house, helping us agree a fair price for all.Would definitely recommendread more
Sylvia Dow
Sylvia Dow
09:45 18 Mar 20
Friendly approachable staff always available for questions and updates
Stuart Anderson
Stuart Anderson
13:20 01 Mar 20
Lauren Stewart
Lauren Stewart
13:26 21 Feb 20
Fiona Evennett
Fiona Evennett
22:31 15 Feb 20
Friendly, helpful and excellent service, the team communicated well and kept me well informed
Andy Dominick
Andy Dominick
15:14 14 Feb 20
Excellent customer service, great communication, very helpful. Great team waterside thanks for all your support.
Michael Dowds
Michael Dowds
12:46 09 Jan 20
Our experience of Estate Agents over the years has generally been poor with many service level promises going unfulfilled. Waterside Property, in Dunoon, have bucked this trend by being unusually helpful, responsive and supportive, despite a number of setbacks from the buyers side, taking many months to complete. if you are considering Waterside Property as your agent, I can’t recommend them highly enough. Thank you for a great friendly experience Scott and your team!read more
Lisa Maxwell
Lisa Maxwell
17:11 08 Jan 20
We bought our house through waterside property last year and found them very very helpful, Scott went above and beyond to help us with everything! Great service 👌🏼read more
Fee Lafferty
Fee Lafferty
21:32 05 Dec 19
Waterside Properties, what a great place to do business with.As sellers from overseas, we felt confident and very well taken care of from the start. Nikki was tremendously helpful in every aspect of the sale of our flat. Scott was responsible for the marvellous write up and photos. Fiona kept us well informed every step of the way. What a terrific team. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️T&S - USAread more
Anne Cruickshank
Anne Cruickshank
18:07 25 Nov 19
Great service, sale was agreed in less than a week. Happy to recommend.
Lynn Robertson
Lynn Robertson
21:48 24 Nov 19
Really helpful and friendly
Shereen Sadiq
Shereen Sadiq
15:24 25 Oct 19
Nicky & Fiona provided a professional friendly effective & efficient service. We would have no hesitation in recommending them particularly as they were heads & shoulders above some of their major competitors. They treated us as valued customers not just a number.read more
Lin Li
Lin Li
15:05 09 Oct 19
Their staff is very friendly and communicated well with us. We were not able to be present during the viewings and Waterside was responsible for showing viewers our property. They followed up the viewers and gave us feedback afterwards, which is very helpful.read more
Heather Kirby
Heather Kirby
19:50 16 Sep 19
Polite, friendly, efficient helpful staff.Waterside staff go beyond the call of duty.No hesitation in recommending this estate agent.read more
Gail Simon
Gail Simon
02:31 31 Aug 19
Brilliant team, professional service throughout the house sale.We highly recommend anyone looking to sell their home use Waterside Property.read more
Andy Armitage
Andy Armitage
22:12 28 Aug 19
I found Waterside Properties provided me with a friendly and efficient service, I can't recommend them enough. I would gladly use them again in the future. Massive thanks to you allread more
Gerald Adamson-Eadie
Gerald Adamson-Eadie
15:47 28 Aug 19
The staff were so friendly and a pleasure to deal with, nothing was too much trouble for them......Thank You Fiona and Nikki.
Susan Brown
Susan Brown
13:15 28 Aug 19
The company was very professional and efficient. They provided guidance and support.Office Staff were approachable and and very pleasant keeping us up to date with all procedures.We had a very positive experience with Waterside Property and would highly recommend them.read more
buddajamie
buddajamie
13:03 29 Jul 19
top class a pleasure to deal with super contact and info when needed if i sell again i would useJim + Helen Thomson
Jim Thomson
Jim Thomson
15:15 26 Jul 19
made the job of selling our house a pleasure with no stress this was the 2nd estate agent we tried sorry we did not go their firsthigh recommend Scott and his staff to every one selling their home Jim + Helen Thomsonread more
Megan Paterson
Megan Paterson
18:06 11 Jul 19
great customer service and there too help and advice every step along the way, highly reccommend waterside property dunoon
ally Noakes
ally Noakes
16:20 11 Jul 19
Very helpful and friendly staff. They all went above and beyond to help me find my first house and then continued to guide me through the process. I would highly recommend using them and i will definitely use their services again if the occasion arises.read more
Gary Whyte
Gary Whyte
10:23 19 Jun 19
First class service from Nikki and Fiona! They listened to my requirements and proactively sought out properties they knew would hit the mark! Their knowledge of the area/surroundings (I was moving 450 miles) was also invaluable and made for a more-rounded customer experience and, overall they showed commendable enthusiasm in all aspects of the job and dealings with me - they clearly enjoy what they do and surely must be a real asset and ‘shop-window’ to Waterside! Of course, a sense of humour helps ... which they both have! I am delighted to now live in Dunoon and I love my new home. Thank you Girls!My one minor comment is that the Office isn’t open at the weekends - and I know Nikki would love to work a 7-day week! Weekends is the only time opportunity potential buyers might have.read more
Denis McElhinney
Denis McElhinney
10:21 19 Jun 19
The staff are very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. They made my search for a property easy and straightforward.
Denis McElhinney
Denis McElhinney
10:16 19 Jun 19
Can't praise Fiona and Nikki highly enough. Very efficient and friendly service. They totally get it regarding the extra difficulties in moving home to Dunoon across the water from the mainland.read more
Mck Becca
Mck Becca
06:45 19 Jun 19
Great customer service , staff are so friendly ! Would definitely recommend! Amazing from start to finish !
Christine Dain
Christine Dain
10:10 16 Jun 19
I would definitely recommend Waterside Property to anyone looking to purchase a property. Fiona and Nikki were both so helpful with the purchase of my first property. Approachable, knowledgeable, and great communication throughout the whole process.read more
Scot Hill
Scot Hill
17:41 12 Jun 19
The whole team worked very hard in finding a buyer for our flat within days. We can't thank all enough for everything they done. :)read more
May Smith
May Smith
12:31 16 May 19
We were very pleased with the way Waterside handled the sale. Scott was most helpful and took pleasing photographs. His advice was most useful. Nikki in the office was always very pleasant to deal with and assisted us beyond the call of duty. We would certainly have no hesitation in recommending Waterside Property to clients selling or buying property.read more
Helen Gillies
Helen Gillies
18:10 15 May 19
very friendly & extremely helpful staff..made house searching easy & relaxed....A1 service !
Daniel Billington
Daniel Billington
12:14 12 May 19
I was able to move in to my new property following the first viewing after 6 weeks.This was down to the efficient work of Waterside property staff. They responded to my questions promptly and they exceeded all my expectations.read more
Marta Dudek
Marta Dudek
21:53 11 May 19
Quick service, nice and helpfull staff, great communication as well.
Morag Robertson
Morag Robertson
18:57 09 May 19
We sold our property with WaterSide Property. They were helpful and supportive and always returned calls when they said they would. The use of a drone to show the house and views worked well and the agency worked hard at marketing on our behalf.read more
Lisa Laidlaw
Lisa Laidlaw
14:27 09 May 19
Sold my house recently. Great service and friendly staff.
Lisa Laidlaw
Lisa Laidlaw
14:25 09 May 19
Fantastic service start to finish.
Brian William McKinnon
Brian William McKinnon
09:41 09 May 19
they are a classy outfitfrom start to finish they were helpful,attentive,informative and also very funnyrelaxed but totally on the ballmy wife and i loved thembest estate agents bar none xxread more
paul leckie
paul leckie
09:37 09 May 19
Great service, couldn’t be more helpful and friendly
Iain Canning
Iain Canning
20:50 08 May 19
A very pleasant and easy transaction when moving to Innellan from England. Helped by the friendly and informative staff at Waterside.read more
Carol Pryde
Carol Pryde
16:55 08 May 19
Nikki at Waterside Property Dunoon was very accommodating, knowledgeable and with a can do approach when we decided to move to Dunoon. She arranged for us to view all of the properties we were interested in and also informed us of everything we needed to know in the Dunoon area. She made the transition from the South to the North very easy. Nothing was too much trouble. Would highly recommend Waterside Properties to others.read more
Joan Gallagher Campbell
Joan Gallagher Campbell
15:25 08 May 19
Great service, house had been on market a while with another company, we changed to Waterside and a few weeks later sold it. Thanks againread more
R McLean
R McLean
16:07 02 May 19
Really good level of professional service - staff are helpful and have excellent local knowledge. A pleasure to do business withread more
Suzanne Longster
Suzanne Longster
21:13 26 Apr 19
Surpassed all expectations; From point of sale to completion in 6 weeks - tremendous result!! Professional service provided from all of the team at Waterside. We would highly recommend to all homeowners thinking of selling and to any prospective buyers.read more
Eloise smith
Eloise smith
12:20 17 Apr 19
Fiona and the team where excellent, her patience in showing us many houses untill we found the right one was outstanding
Eloise Scrimshaw
Eloise Scrimshaw
08:26 17 Apr 19
Fiona and the team where excellent, her patience in showing us many houses untill we found the right one was outstanding
Katrina johnston
Katrina johnston
19:12 11 Apr 19
Waterside Property made the selling of our house seem so quick and easy couldn’t have asked for better ..our house sold in less than 2 weeks!! They have a very professional team who go out of their way to provide the best service to their clients. I was so happy with everything that they provided. Definate recommendation from us.read more
Katrina Johnston
Katrina Johnston
18:57 11 Apr 19
Waterside Property made the selling of our house seem so quick and easy couldn’t have asked for better our house sold in less than 2 weeks!! They have a very professional team who go out of their way to provide the best service to their clients. I was so happy with everything that they provided. Definate recommendation from us.read more
Nikki Dayton
Nikki Dayton
15:20 11 Apr 19
Great service, always a friendly, helpful voice to deal with any issues.
Ian Orr
Ian Orr
15:10 11 Apr 19
friendly and excellent staff no messing about. was very happy with the sale of the house. the house was not on the market for long and was sold fast.would use waterside again.read more
Eileen Connell
Eileen Connell
14:54 11 Apr 19
Very professional and courteous staff. The process was smooth and any queries were dealt with appropriately. Certainly would recommend them.read more
Muriel Alexander
Muriel Alexander
14:13 11 Apr 19
Waterside secured a swift sale of our property last year and we were delighted with the efficient and friendly service that all of the staff offeredread more
Fraser Smith
Fraser Smith
13:31 11 Apr 19
Knowledgeable staff and prompt service when viewing properties. Professional service from start to finish.
Moyra Blincow Stinson
Moyra Blincow Stinson
08:51 10 Apr 19
We have dealt with Waterside on a couple of occasions, Nikki, Fiona, and Scott all absolute stars. Very helpful even when you think the questions you are asking may seem a bit silly. Thank you once again. 👏👏👏read more
David H
David H
21:59 09 Apr 19
Highly recommend waterside properties. I used their services recently to purchase a house. Staff are very friendly and professional. Everything was dealt with efficiently and promptly.read more
Alan
Alan
18:54 09 Apr 19
Absolutely first class service from start to finish from everyone at Waterside, great communication, advice and care taken throughout the process of selling my fathers house. I don't do reviews often however I felt I had to on this occasion. thanks again to all the team at Waterside..Alanread more
Paul Copp
Paul Copp
18:14 09 Apr 19
Overall the service provided by Waterside property was excellent. Our search began Feb 2018 and we finally bought property last October ( 2018). As we were living in West Wales at the time we were only able to get to Dunoon a few times but we were updated regularly about properties. Once we had decided on a property we had a lot of valuable help with the buying process. We had only had experience of the English and Welsh system so Scottish property law was something with which we were unfamiliar. The staff at Waterside were always so helpful and ready to answer our questions.read more
David Hegarty
David Hegarty
17:18 09 Apr 19
Highly recommend waterside properties. I used their services recently to purchase a house. Staff are very friendly and professional. Everything was dealt with efficiently and promptly.read more
Kay Olson
Kay Olson
10:54 09 Apr 19
Waterside was very responsive to our needs. Since we were purchasing our property from overseas this was even more appreciated. They helped us navigate the process, leading to a successful and quick purchase. We are extremely happy with their level of service and communication. Nikki was our main contact, super helpful and friendly!read more
Don McNeil
Don McNeil
20:43 08 Apr 19
The professionalism and expertise of all concerned was outstanding so much so our house was sold within a week after it went on to their websiteread more
Gail Corbett-Smith
Gail Corbett-Smith
08:30 08 Apr 19
I always found the team at Waterside very helpful, approachable and responsive. I would highly recommend them.
Elizann O'Kane
Elizann O'Kane
15:13 04 Apr 19
very helpful staff, nothing was ever too much bother, very friendly.
Darren Edmond
Darren Edmond
16:11 26 Mar 19
Scott and the team provided fantastic service when I was buying my property. Smooth process start to finish there were no issues. I would highly recommend them, keep up the great work. Many thanksread more
Desmond Leach
Desmond Leach
12:15 26 Mar 18
Allan Fisher
Allan Fisher
14:00 26 Nov 17
Thanks to Waterside Property Dunoon for a lovely meal up in The Braes we were given off them . Thank you
Christine Ferguson
Christine Ferguson
19:20 02 Oct 17
Waterside helped us get a very quick sale of our house last year. Most impressed by their staff throughout the process. Extremely professional and helpful. Made what's supposed to be a stressful time so much easier!read more
Fiona McLauchlan
Fiona McLauchlan
17:25 23 Jun 17
Scott, Nicky and Leigh fabulous, fantastic, brilliant always go to Waterside ���
Joanna Baryla
Joanna Baryla
23:21 13 Apr 17
Dougie Wallace
Dougie Wallace
05:37 04 May 15
Liz miller and all the staff spot on
Llaura J Mort
Llaura J Mort
23:50 01 Apr 14
Moira-Ann Gallanagh
Moira-Ann Gallanagh
20:31 01 Apr 14
Excellent customer service from very helpful staff.
Karen Torlay
Karen Torlay
16:17 01 Apr 14
Wonderful friendly staff!
Alastair Brown
Alastair Brown
14:33 26 Jun 13
We dealt with Scott and he could not have been more helpful in helping us secure a deal on the property. Negotiations got a bit strained between both sides, however, Scot helped smooth it all out so that we eventually got over the finish line.read more
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