This picturesque island has gone on the market for just £325,000 – but its grisly past may scare off some potential buyers.
Little Ross Island made national headlines nearly 60 years ago when interim lighthouse keeper Hugh Clark was murdered by a colleague.
For those who aren’t put off by its horror past, the island offers tranquility and isolation far from the hustle and bustle of big cities.
The 29-acre atoll, off the south-west coast of Scotland, is up for sale for around the same price as a two-bedroom flat in Edinburgh city centre.
The listing includes a six bedroom, B-listed cottage and courtyard.
It also comes with three B-listed, “ruinous” barns and is completely off-grid with power drawn from solar panels and a small wind turbine.
The new owners will only be able to access the island via private boat or helicopter.
Little Ross Island is home to a 19th-century, fully automated lighthouse tower, although it is not included in the sale.
Two visitors discovered Mr Clark’s body in 1960 and his assistant Robert Dickson was found guilty of his murder.
Dickson was initially sentenced to hang for the murder, but his punishment was later changed to life imprisonment.
The tower, designed by Alan Stevenson, was built in 1843 to close the gap between other lighthouses at the Mull of Galloway and Southerness and remained manned until the murder over a century later.
It is now owned and managed by the Commissioners for Northern Lighthouses who make regular maintenance visits to the property throughout the year.
David Corrie, senior associate at Castle Douglas property firm Galbraith said Little Ross, off the coast of Dumfries and Galloway, offered “fantastic development potential”.
He said: “Back in the 1900s, the island was home to the head lighthouse keeper, underkeeper and their families, extending to 16 people, with a small dairy and piggery to provide subsistence for this family community.
“With a bit of TLC, the properties on the island could be turned into something truly stunning, with Little Ross Island once again being the perfect island retreat for future generations to enjoy.
“Private islands rarely come up for sale at an affordable price and particularly one with a habitable house and additional properties.
“Given the exciting prospect Little Ross Island presents, we expect a lot of interest from all over the UK as well as abroad.”