Rocky is­land finds new owner

The Oban Times - - NEWS - By Kathie Grif­fiths kgrif­fiths@oban­

Ro­man­tics from as far as Amer­ica and across Europe have been vy­ing to be­come the new owner of a tiny un­in­hab­ited is­land off Oban.

Insh is­land, one of the Slate is­lands and just 15 acres of rough grass­land and empti­ness, is now un­der of­fer.

It re­mains to be seen whether the late owner’s wish that it should ‘stay un­touched as na­ture in­tended’ is ful­filled.

The is­land, in the Firth of Lorne es­tu­ary close to Seil, Eas­dale and Lu­ing, went on the mar­ket for £125,000 and Daw­sons es­tate agents in Oban was in­un­dated with en­quiries.

The clos­ing date for of­fers was Oc­to­ber 15 and the bids have now been handed over to the seller’s so­lic­i­tor.

There are no ser­vices on it, only the ru­ins of two croft cot­tages as well as a cave which, ac­cord­ing to free en­cy­clo­pe­dia Wikipedia, pre­vi­ous pri­vate owner David Brear­ley lived in at the north end be­tween 1973 and 2003.

Es­tate agent Neil Fraser, who de­scribed it as ‘a rocky out­crop with noth­ing on it’, said the of­fice was in­un­dated with en­quiries.

‘Every­one has a ro­man­tic no­tion about own­ing their own is­land.

‘What the new owner will do with Insh, no one knows yet.

‘We didn’t make any plan­ning en­quiries be­cause it was the late owner’s wish that it should re­main un­touched as na­ture in­tended.’

Back on the main­land, two-bed­room flats in Oban are ask­ing for of­fers of more than £100,000 with a one third of an acre plot of land over­look­ing Glen­cruit­ten Golf Course bear­ing a guided price tag of £99,500.

Ear­lier this year, an­other of Ar­gyll’s is­lands went up for sale, ask­ing £1.4 mil­lion and soon sold.

Tales of smug­glers and vi­o­lent Vik­ings as­so­ci­ated with Inch­marnock, just off the west coast near the is­land of Bute, roused lots of in­ter­est too.

It was used as a D-day train­ing ground and in the 1960s the re­mains of a bronze age woman were found. The Queen of the Inch was found in a stone cist wear­ing a black lig­nite neck­lace and car­ry­ing a flint dag­ger.

Insh is­land was on the mar­ket for £125,000.

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