Current events got you taking a good, hard look at your priorities? Then we might just have something for you. The island of Inchconnachan, on Scotland’s famously beautiful Loch Lomond, is for sale – and it could be yours for less than the price of an apartment in London or New York.
At the foot of the Scottish Highlands (but less than an hour from the city of Glasgow), Loch Lomond is the biggest lake in Britain and part of a national park. Now one of its many islands is up for sale. Inchconnachan has been put on the market by the Colquhoun family, who have owned the land since the fourteenth century. They’re considering offers in excess of £500,000 ($630,150, A$903,726).
The 103-acre island can only be reached by boat from the historic village of Luss, on the western bank of Loch Lomond. Its two-plus miles of shoreline are dotted with gravel beaches, secluded bays and breathtaking lake and mountain views, while the interior is mostly covered in oak woodland. Inchconnachan is home to ospreys, otters, deer, capercaillie grouse – and no permanent human residents whatsoever.
The island has only one building, a derelict holiday home that once belonged to Colquhoun family member Fiona Gore, Countess of Arran. A famous speedboat pilot, the countess was also responsible for introducing the island’s most unusual feature: a population of feral red-necked wallabies.
The island’s eventual buyer will be able to take up planning permission for a new holiday lodge on the site of the late countess’s holiday cottage, as well as outbuildings like a boathouse.
There is a catch, though: the new owner will only be allowed to stay on the island for a maximum of 90 days per year, as holiday accommodation.
However, planning permission is also available for a warden’s house, which could accommodate a permanent occupant to look after the island all year round. Sounds like just the job for anyone looking to take self-isolation to a whole new level.
Get more details about Inchconnachan Island via Savills.
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