Buy a Scottish island for £4.25 million

7 September 2017

If you have a few million pounds to spare, then why settle for a house in Mayfair or Kensington when you can own your private island?

For the first time in 70 years, an island off the coast of Mull in Scotland is up for sale – for £4.25 million.

Ulva, which can be reached by boat from the nearby Isle of Mull is around 7.5 miles long and 2.5 miles long, and is the second largest island in the Inner Hebrides.

It comes with its own Grade B listed property, Ulva House, which was built in the 1950s in neo-classical style.

It has a church designed by Thomas Telford, a small restaurant and tearoom, which is let on a commercial tenancy, a traditional Hebrides-style ‘blackhouse’ and nine other residential properties including a sporting lodge.

Ulva Isle will appeal to wildlife enthusiasts: it is home to red deer, as well as 123 different species of birds, including the white-tailed sea eagle. Sea life includes Minke whales, porpoises and dophins.

The island, which is being marketed by Knight Frank, has also been a source of inspiration for poet and author Sir Walter Scott. Famous children’s author Beatrix Potter often visited the island, while Victorian explorer Dr Livingstone once lived there. 

Major General Lachlan MacQuarrie, the fifth and last governor of New South Wales and known as ‘Father of Australia’, was born on the island in 1810.

If you prefer to keep yourself to yourself, the island has just 16 inhabitants, but if you do crave company or need to get to the shops or post office, or fancy a meal out, these facilities are available on nearby Mull.

Ran Morgan, partner and head of Scottish Residential at Knight Frank, says: “Ulva Island is without doubt the most beautiful and remarkable property I have dealt with in my career.

“The scenery is truly breath-taking, but the island is more than just and landscape or seascape: it has a range of property and land types; there is fascinating geology; a huge amount to explore both on land and sea; and it has excellent sporting opportunities. There is something for everyone. A property such as this will always surprise when offered to the open market.”

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