Scottish island Little Ross for sale for only £325,000 – but comes with a shocking past | Property | Life & Style

Little Ross Island, off the coast of south west Scotland, is up for grabs for around the same price as a two-bedroom flat in Edinburgh city centre – and is far cheaper than a two-bedroom property in London.

The 29-acre island, listed at just £325,000, is home to a 19th-century, fully automated lighthouse tower.

The island gained notoriety in August 1960 when two visitors discovered the body of interim keeper Hugh Clark.

Robert Dickson, another relief keeper, was initially sentenced to hang for the murder, but his punishment was later changed to life imprisonment.

Any potential buyer would have to put thoughts of the murder to one side to enjoy the many other things the island has to offer.

The property listing includes a six bedroom, B-listed cottage and courtyard, though the lighthouse tower is not part of the deal.

The tower, designed by Alan Stevenson, was built in 1843 to close the gap between other lighthouses at the Mull of Galloway and Southerness and remained manned until the infamous murder over a century later.

It is now owned and managed by the Commissioners for Northern Lighthouses who make regular maintenance visits to the property throughout the year.

The listing also includes three B-listed, “ruinous” barns and is completely off-grid with power drawn from solar panels and a small wind turbine.

Potential owners will only be able to access the island via private boat or helicopter.

David Corrie, senior associate at Castle Douglas property firm Galbraith said Little Ross, off the coast of Dumfries and Galloway, offered “fantastic development potential”.

He said: “Back in the 1900’s, the island was home to the head lighthouse keeper, underkeeper and their families, extending to 16 people, with a small dairy and piggery to provide subsistence for this family community.

“With a bit of TLC, the properties on the island could be turned into something truly stunning, with Little Ross Island once again being the perfect island retreat for future generations to enjoy.

“Private islands rarely come up for sale at an affordable price and particularly one with a habitable house and additional properties.

“Given the exciting prospect Little Ross Island presents, we expect a lot of interest from all over the UK as well as abroad.”

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