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You could own this entire Scottish island for just £150,000

The 25-acre isle comes with its own private beach

Written by
Megan Geall

Fancy owning a private island where you don’t have to speak to anyone else? Introverts, this one’s for you. An isle off the coast of Scotland has just gone on sale for £150,000, and the only current inhabitants are birds.

Barlocco, one of the Islands of Fleet in Wigtown Bay, Dumfries and Galloway, has gone up for sale and has been described as ‘stunning’ thanks to its privacy and the wildlife that inhabits it. 

The 25-acre island is only accessible by boat, or on foot, tractor or quad bike at low tide. It also lies within the Borgue coast Site of Special Scientific Interest. 

On the western side of the island, there’s a gorgeous pebble beach – perfect for topping up your tan in the summer months or hosting a sunset beach party. You can even anchor a boat at the beach, so you can invite friends across to your private island if you fancy some socialising. 

Barlocco also has a flood pond which provides water for wildlife and livestock, so you could spend your time raising your own herd of Scottish cattle, if you fancied it. 

You might be thinking: what’s the downside? A whole island to yourself? Sounds like paradise. The catch is that there currently aren’t any buildings or properties on the island – it’s literally just an island. There aren’t any current or historic planning consents relating to it, either, so you’d have to submit proposals to the local authority.  

Listed on the Galbraith website, Barlocco is up for sale with a guide price of more than £150,000. You’ll have to act fast if you want it to be yours, though, as they’re expecting a lot of interest. 

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