Who cares that it has no running water, habitable buildings, or electricity? The rugged 62-acre sandstone island of Holm of Huip, one of the smallest of Scotland’;s Orkney Islands, could be yours for the very reasonable—most private islands sell for tens of millions of dollars—price of £350,000 ($ 525K). Amenities on this uninhabited island, which was once occupied by Vikings, include both craggy and sandy beaches, the ruins of an old stone house, and a resident herd of likely adorable seals. Now, there are some rules involved with buying an island that contains centuries-old archeological sites. Any new buildings will have strict size limits, and the next owner of Holm of Huip will only be permitted to stay there for 3 months during summer. On the upside, you might just find a Viking longboat.
Monday, January 26, 2015, by Rachel B. Doyle
All photos via Vladi Private Islands