The $2 million Scottish island you can call your own

If you’ve ever dreamed of living on your own private island, then look no further than Vaila Island in Scotland, which has just hit the market with an asking price of US$2 million.

According to The Dirt, Vaila Island encompasses 757 acres and is currently home to a flock of 200 purebred Shetland ewes, a three-bedroom farmhouse, a two-bedroom cottage and an 18th-century watchtower.

One of just 16 inhabited islands in the Shetlands, Vikings reportedly settled in to farm the Shetlands in the 8th and 9th centuries and were taken over by Norwegian land owners, before Vaila Island was eventually leased by a Scot in 1576.

The current owners purchased the island in 1993 and went about restoring it to its former glory.

The main mansion includes six bedrooms and four bathrooms and boasts a great hall with a massive stone fireplace, stained-glass windows throughout and a hidden door that connects to the kitchen.

On the lower level, there’s also a morning room as well as a conservatory and a study inside the circular bell tower. 

Source: Courtesy Savills

The upper level includes four bedrooms, including the main bedroom, while the top floor contains two more bedrooms and bathrooms.

Outside there are a host of walled gardens as well as fields perfect for livestock, jagged cliffs and a private boat landing.

Source: Courtesy Savills

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Rowan Crosby

Rowan Crosby is a freelance journalist specialising in finance and real estate.