Two Orkney islands for sale - for the price of one

Outer and Inner Holms in Orkney for sale. Picture: Lows Orkney
Outer and Inner Holms in Orkney for sale. Picture: Lows Orkney
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A BUY one get one free deal is available on a pair of Scottish islands for just £300,000.

The two islands - off Stromness, Orkney - are being sold off in an extraordinary deal which will make the new owner the ruler of their own private archipelago.

The Holm islands off Stromness up for sale. Picture: Lows Orkney

The Holm islands off Stromness up for sale. Picture: Lows Orkney

The 4.9 acres island of Inner Holm houses a six bed bungalow - the ideal isolated getaway, which can only be reached on foot at low tide.

But as part of the deal the new owner will also inherit the uninhabited 7.6 acre island of Outer Holm - which enjoys stunning views of Orkney and the North Sea.

The islands, which together span an area of around nine football fields, are on sale for offers over £300,000 - less than half of the price of an average London home.

The property on the inner island is not attached to mains electricity and is powered entirely by wind turbine.

The Holm islands. Picture: Lows Orkney

The Holm islands. Picture: Lows Orkney

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Most of the time both islands can only be reached by boat - which lands on Inner Holm’s private jetty.

But there is a slim margin of time each day when they can be reached via a causeway at low tide.

The six bed bungalow sits on a sprawling lawn, which runs down to the private coastline.

The house itself also boasts two further bedrooms in an adjoining annex, as well as a large conservatory which looks out towards Stromness, the island of Hoy and Scapa Flow.

In spite of its remote location, the house is fitted out with all mod-cons, including polished wooden floors and a brick fireplace.

The island also has a private flagpole, currently flying the flag of Orkney.

And there is also potential for the next owner to rake in some cash from their private islands - as they are regularly let to local farmers for summer grazing.

The Inner Holm of Stromness was recorded as having a total population of one at the 2011 census, whilst the outer Holm has been uninhabited since records began.

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A spokesman for Lows, the company selling the property said: “This is a really unique property, never mind for Orkney, but the UK as a whole.

“It is a retreat close to mainland Orkney, and the islands themselves form part of the harbour of Stromness.”

“There is no mains electricity but there is a 6 kilowatt wind turbine which powers the property.”

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