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Saturday, 02/Aug/2008

Buy an Island off Islay

Pretty much anyone can own a football club today. To be a little bit special I think you need your own island nowadays. Ideally a Scottish island, may be close to Islay, Caribbean islands are a bit last year. Well, how about this one, just off the west coast of Islay:

Picture of a small island under a nice sunset

Assuming you have £100,000.00 (and probably a bit more for various fees etc) to spend Eilean Mhic Coinnich (Mackenzie Island) is currently for sale (found via Press & Journal). It is only a few minutes away from Islay by boat, just west of Portnahaven at the southern end of the Rinns of Islay. You propably won't get many paparazzi finding their way here.

Admittedly it has a few drawbacks: There are no mains services (i.e. water, electricity, drainage) on the island, but then again there isn't even a building. As it is designated as a Site of special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Protection Area it is unlikely that anyone would be granted planning permission anyway.

The wildlife should be pretty spectacular though with breeding Greylag Geese and Arctic Terns. There are Grey Seals, Otters and various other birds as well. Not to forget sunsets similar to the one above.

Oh, and the CD playing while thinking about buying Eilean Mhic Coinnich and deciding that I don't really have £100,000 to spare was The Beach Boys - Made in U.S.A..

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