Scottish island which forms part of Highland and Lowland border on sale for £95k


STUNNING images show how a Scottish island on Britain’s largest freshwater lake is currently on sale for less than £100,000.

Creinch Island, on Loch Lomond, is the size of seven football pitches and is on the market for just £95,000

The island also forms part of the border between the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland.

It is believed to have been used as a place of refugee for people running away from enemies or animals.

Creinch, also known as the Tree Island due to being completely covered with trees, is the third in a chain of four islands, the others being Inchcailloch, Torrinch and Inchmurrin.

Creinch Island
Creinch Island is also known as ‘Tree Island’

They are all formed from a submerged ridged that marks the line of the geological Highland fault line, which separates the highlands of Scotland from the lowlands.

However, the buyer of this Scottish “oasis” will only be allowed to visit it by boat and explore their domain with development of any kind being strictly banned.

The island, about 364 metres long and 303 metres at its widest point, gets its name from the fact it is completely covered in ancient ivy draped trees including some Wych elms.

The ground is carpeted with wild hyacinths, wood anemones, a type of flower and wild garlic and has Oak, Alder and Scots Pine trees as well making it difficult to enter during the summer months.

Recorded history suggests Creinch has never been inhabited by humans, but there have been suggestions that its size and position would make it a secure refuge for early peoples, harassed by wild animals or enemies.

The Loch Lomond islands are said to be perfect examples of how Scotland’s scenery may have developed without the interference of man.

View of Creinch Island
The island has stunning natural beauty

Sellers Savills have described the island on their website: “Creinch Island rises steeply from the water to a rounded summit, extends to approximately 14 acres.

“It is located in the Southern area of Loch Lomond with the village of Balmaha to the east, providing the easiest point of access from the mainland to the island.

“The island offers the opportunity to acquire a natural oasis in this world famous location.”

The island enjoys the highest category of environmental protection thanks to a deal struck between previous owners and Scottish National Heritage.

Owners are expected to manage and conserve its special features, due to it being a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The island is on sale for the first time in two decades since the Buchanan family estate were forced to sell the land to pay off debts after Lady Leith-Buchanan died in 1999.

In April, Torrinch Island went on the market for at a guide price £150,000 offering stunning views of the hills including Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly Munro.

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