Own Your Own Slice Of Scotland For Just Six Hundred Grand

Fancy owning a part of a remote island in the most northerly of Scottish isles? Well, for six hundred grand it’s all yours.

The 98-hectare Fethaland croft, in North Roe, is on sale for £595,000 ($807,445), having been uninhabited for almost 80 years.

Part of the Shetland Islands, it’s on the market alongside three smaller, tenanted crofts, one of which has a four-bedroom family home.

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Credit: Cascade News

David Murray’s family have owned the land for 150 years, but due to health reasons he’s been forced to sell up. He described doing so as ‘heartbreaking’.

Fethaland is popular with walkers and tourists, with human settlement dating back to prehistoric times. Even today it still features an Iron Age house and a Viking quarry.

Among its many features, it boasts opportunities to see killer whales, puffins and ospreys, and was once the biggest fishing station in the Shetland isles (before being abandoned in 1906).

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Credit: Cascade News

Murray said: “Fethaland itself is unimaginable – there is no place like it. The wildlife is just phenomenal… I can’t do it justice.”

It even features as part of a virtual world, with a video game simulation at the Shetland museum allowing members to ‘walk’ around the area and learn about its history.

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The area has 23 buildings, including a school, with moorings for boats, and is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest, protected and administered by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Neil Risk Solicitors, who are selling the site, said: “Fethaland is known for its incredible scenery, and maritime and Viking history.

“Along with the other crofts it would be ideal for someone looking to experience rural living in arguably one of the most beautiful places in the UK.”

Being that far north, don’t expect shorts and t-shirt weather though. The maximum temperature in July, on average is only 14C, and in the winter months it barely stretches over freezing.

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Even the Shetland tourist website gives a little hint of what to expect, weather-wise. It reads: “We do have perfectly calm days, but at most times there’s a breeze. Especially in the winter months, memorable storms produce spectacular skies and dramatic waves.”

Still, if warmer weather is more your thing, there was recently the chance to purchase a former council house in Cornwall for a tasty £1.4m. Another option, isn’t it?

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