Lonely Planet Writer

Be the ruler of your own kingdom as this self-sufficient Scottish island comes up for sale

If you consider your home to be your kingdom, your dream house just came on the market. An entirely self-sufficient Scottish island is up for sale and you can rule it (if you have the money).

A bird's eye view of the island.
A bird’s eye view of the island. Image by Savills, Edinburgh

Tanera Mòr is 760 acres in total and is the main island in the beautiful Summer Isles archipelago. It lies 1.5 miles off the main Scottish coast and can be reached by a short boat journey. The island is so self-sufficient, the new owner will even have the power to issue their own stamps, in return for administering the private postal service. The current owner ferries the island’s mail to the post office in the nearby town of Achiltibuie and returns with letters and packages.

This Scottish island is entirely self-sufficient.
The rugged landscape of the island is one of its unique features. Image by Tim Winterburn.

There’s also a huge amount of diverse wildlife on the island and throughout the year you can spot otters and seabirds. The current owners have planted more than 164,000 trees as part of a woodland regeneration scheme, giving the island a lush, green and wild feel to the natural environment.

One of the piers on the island.
One of the piers on the island. Image by Tim Winterburn

Its scenic and remote location have made the island a prime spot for tourism and it has been run as a tourism business for the last number of years, offering courses, and even welcoming the occasional cruise ship. The sale will include nine traditional stone cottages which have been converted and can be used as holiday homes or as permanent residences.

The island comes with a number of residences.
The island comes with a number of residences. Image by Tim Winterburn

While the Scottish island seems like the perfect place to get away from modern life, you don’t have to cut yourself off entirely. There is 24 hour electricity thanks to wind turbines and generators and a couple of houses have already been fitted with broadband. The island also has a private water supply. If you don’t want to spring for the entire island, the property is also available in three separate lots, meaning you’ll have some neighbours to chat to and maybe even someone to help you deliver the post.

The island at sunset.
The stunning Scottish island at sunset. Image by Tim Winterburn

The asking price is £1.95 million or the individual lots start at £430,000. If you have the money to spare, you can organise a private viewing with the letting agents.