30 July 2020
The island of Inchconnachan, situated on Loch Lomond, while not the home of James Bond, does come very close to a Skyfall lifestyle.
Located around 40 kilometres from Glasgow airport, and a stone’s throw from the award-winning Loch Lomond distillery, the 42-hectare property, which has been owned by the Colquhoun family for more than seven hundred years, is for sale for offers over GBP500,000.
Besides a ruined 1920s cottage and outhouses, the island is host to the red-necked species of wallaby, brought there by Lady Arran Colquhoun in the 1940s. The island is also home to otters, roe and sika deer. Its woods boast ancient oak and birch, Scots pine, Douglas firs and Larch.
Protected under UK and international law, it is also one of the few places the rare turkey like giant grouse of the high treetops, known as the capercaillie, can be spotted. Ospreys occasionally nest there, too.
Perfect for isolation, there is no passenger boat available to travel to the island so it’s kayak or hire your own speedboat. You could always book a speedboat tour from Luss on the eastern shore or Rowardennan farther up on the western shore.
The Narrows, a waterway between the site and Inchtavannach island is a must-visit for those boating on the loch.
The current house was built in the 1920s by a retired tea merchant in the style of an Indian tea plantation bungalow. It was later the home of Countess of Arran Fiona Gore, who won the 1980 Seagrave Trophy and became the fastest woman on water, reaching a top speed of 102 miles per hour.
Of course, this historical island set in The Trossachs National Park could be your new iso home. It even has planning permission, which is a rarity in a national park.
Start your own tours, Airbnb or just kayak over for a visit. Opportunities like this only come around once every nine-lifetimes or so.