A beautiful and remote island just off the west coast of Scotland has gone on sale – and could be yours for less than the price of a four-bedroom house.
Those brave enough to consider living there, or who want to escape the hectic city life, will have the pleasure of calling the tiny uninhabited island of Pladda – off the southern coast of Arran – their home.
The 28 acre island of Pladda comes with its own lighthouse and helipad, as well as plenty of accommodation and land to roam free on.
The £350k sale – cheaper than a family home in Edinburgh – comes with a former Lighthouse Keeper’s accommodation including: two reception rooms, five bedrooms and a bathroom, as well as a separate accommodation including a bedroom, shower room, kitchen and sitting room.
Tom Stewart-Moore of estate agents Knight Frank, said that there is also an extensive range of traditional outbuildings with “development potential”, alongside a former walled garden extending to about 2.5 acres.
He added: “From the lighthouse and range of associated buildings, there are dramatic far-reaching views looking South to Ailsa Craig, the Kintyre Peninsula and Northern Ireland on a clear day.”
Mr Stewart-Moore confirmed that the accommodation has not been used in recent years and will need to be upgraded.
To the east of the buildings, there are the wonderful extensive former Keeper’s walled gardens. With high stone-built walls, they extend to about 2.5 acres in total. Previously used to grow fruit and vegetables for the Keepers, the gardens have now all gone to grass.
Those worried about having to man the lighthouse shouldn’t be as it the station was fully automated in 1990. Despite it being first installed on the island in 1790, it is now remotely monitored from the Northern Lighthouse Boards Headquarters in Edinburgh.
However, any family and guests visiting the island will need to plan well ahead as it is completely isolated from the rest of the world.
Only accessible by boat and helicopter, the island is just under a mile from the nearby island of Arran – with Glasgow easily accessible from Ardrossan.
Recognisable as the small teardrop-shaped landmass you spy off the coast of Arran on the ferry from Ardrossan to Campbelltown, Pladda is located in the Firth of Clyde and is only about 700m long and just over 33 acres in size.
The island is an important breeding ground and stop-off point for a variety of migratory seabirds.
Over 100 species of birds have been recorded on Pladda island in the past. The island has successful breeding colonies of Artic Terns, a variety of gull species, Turnstones and Shags.