An idyllic island off the south of Scotland has been put on the market for just €367,000 – but it has a dark past.
Little Ross, the small lighthouse island near Dumfries and Galloway, hit the headlines in 1960 when the lighthouse keeper at the time was murdered by his colleague.
The crime was discovered when the secretary of the local Royal National Lifeboat Institution arrived on the island with his son for lunch and discovered the body of Hugh Clark.
Following a national manhunt, the other lighthouse keeper Robert Dickson was arrested, found guilty of his murder and sentenced to hang. His punishment was later changed to life imprisonment.
Now, the 29-acre island is on the market for offers over €367,000 – the same price as a two-bedroom flat in Edinburgh.
The deal includes the island and a six-bedroom, B-listed cottage, but the 19th-century, fully-automated lighthouse is not part of the deal.
Since the infamous murder, the lighthouse has been 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. The island is accessed via private boat or helicopter.
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