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Linga Island, Scotland
Closer to Norway than to the Scottish mainland, this 26-hectare island in the western Shetland Isles is not for those seeking a ropical retreat. However, what Linga lacks in palm trees and pina coladas it makes up for with spectacular scenery – including rugged beaches, pastures covered in wild flowers and a one-hectare loch. And all for a remarkably affordable £250,000.
Located in the sheltered Vaila Sound, Linga has been uninhabited since 1934. The island has the remnants of two cottages and planning consent is already in place for a new owner to make it habitable once more. The permission means the two existing stone buildings could be renovated and an additional cottage, pier and agricultural buildings could be built. In order to ensure the island’s natural beauty isn’t spoilt, the development will need to have a strong focus on sustainability. The plans nclude a windmill and solar panels for power, septic tanks with reed beds for sewage and rainwater capture from the cottage and shed roofs to provide a fresh water supply.
The Shetlands consist of nearly 100 islands, of which fewer than 20 are currently inhabited. Linga is located less than two nautical miles from the largest island, Mainland, meaning that the main town and port of Lerwick are easily accessible. The town’s facilities might prove useful if you are after some extra Shetland wool to get you through the cold winter months.
Linga Island is listed for sale with Vladi Private Islands for £250,000.