Having trouble with some noisy neighbours? Just fancy getting away from it all? Then this secluded island off the coast of Scotland could be the one for you.
The deserted island of Inchmarnock, in the Firth of Clyde, is on the market for £1.4m ($1.75m) and comes with a four-bed house; the ideal purchase for someone who’s had enough of other people.
But it’s not always been this way. Once upon a time, the farming island had a booming population of 41. Fortunately, those days are long gone and you can have it all to yourself, as the last permanent resident moved off the island more than 30 years ago.
For the past 20 years, the island has been owned by a couple who currently use the property as their holiday home.
The island – which boasts 4.75 miles of coastline – also includes native woodland, a small private harbour and bespoke ferry.
But if you think this is just a dull piece of land in the middle of the sea, think again. Inchmarnock has a rich and varied history, having been raided by vikings and even used as a training base ahead of the D-Day landings – according to reports, you can still see the bomb craters.
But that’s not all. During the 1960s, a farm discovered the remains of a Bronze Age Woman, named the Queen of the Inch, who was lying in a stone cist wearing a black necklace and carrying a flint dagger.
Diane Fleming, sales agent for Strutt and Parker in Edinburgh, said they are expecting a lot of interest in the unique opportunity.
She said: “Inchmarnock is a stunning island rich in possibility.
“There is already a successful farming enterprise and a lovely family home on the nearby shore of Bute, but there is significant potential to develop the existing residential offering and to capitalise on the various amenities offered by the island such as the native woodland, water sports and fishing.
“A Scottish island embodies the romance many people associate with the country’s prime estates and farms.
“Inchmarnock is stunning with great heritage and is a peaceful and secluded haven, yet it is relatively accessible from Scotland’s central belt.
“We expect significant interest from national and international buyers.”