Fancy owning an entire island in Scotland?

Scottish island on sale for same price as posh London flat


Fancy owning an entire island in Scotland?

Never mind king of the castle, how about being king of your own private island?

For less than a million, £950,000 to be exact, you could be the proud owner of an architect-designed house sitting on four acres of land. You could probably buy a studio flat in Kensington for the same amount of money.

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Rudh-A-Chruid,h located off the north east tip of Kerrera on Scotland's west coast, is linked to Kerrera by a causeway at low tide.

It's accessible from Oban Harbour via private charter and, ahem, has its own helicopter pad if you fancy flying in.

Fancy owning an entire island in Scotland?

In 2012, a new house by Mull landscape architect Norman Hickson was built on the island overlooking Oban Bay, taking full advantage of its stunning views and the Sound of Kerrera.

Norman describes the building as being "traditional but dynamic with a maritime influence. The relationship between the building and the water was a most important consideration and I wanted the occupants to stand in the kitchen, look out the window and feel like the building had it's feet in the water".

Fancy owning an entire island in Scotland?

The house has a beautiful open plan feel, with a cosy log burner and wonderful views from a large terrace. There's also a high-spec kitchen, three lovely bedrooms and a huge basement.

Fancy owning an entire island in Scotland?

The idyllic home is for sale with Savills, which says: "Scotland's west coast and in particular the Sound of Kerrera is world famous for its spectacular scenic sailing waters. Nearby Oban Marina (Kerrera) and Dunstaffenage Marina (mainland) are home to many a fine craft.

"Oban offers a good range of shops and professional services as well as secondary schooling and a railway station with regular services to Glasgow and London.

"The island is characterised by its coastline which has a combination of shingle beach and rugged rocks.

"The grounds of Rudh-A-Chruidh extend to around four acres and are predominantly rich grassland.

"While at one time the land of Rudh-A-Chruidh would have been grazing, today it has been meticulously planned and planted as garden grounds of which some parts are more formal than others. Norman Hickson is also a renowned landscape architect and has carefully laid out the pathways, lighting and feature standing stones to create magical but easily maintained gardens."

Fancy owning an entire island in Scotland?

The wildlife is pretty spectacular, too, and you can even spot dolphins on a good day. Savills says: "It has abundant bird life and the likes of curlews and oystercatchers can regularly be seen. The long summer days and the relatively warm current of the Gulf Stream ensure Rudh-A-Chruidh's seawater are a rich feeding ground for fish.

"Mackerel, pollock and ling can all be caught, whilst lobsters, crabs and langoustine can be found off the coast. Porpoises, dolphins and otters are occasionally seen around the Sound of Kerrera."

On top of all that, there's also a boathouse, pontoon and mooring. Ready to sell up and move yet?

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