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Idyllic Scottish island boasting a six-bed lighthouse cottage with no neighbours seems the perfect place to escape the rat race as it hits market for £325k – but it’s hiding a chilling secret


Little Ross Island, off the coast of Dumfries and Galloway, gained national media attention in August 1960

Yet this Scottish island – now on sale for £325,000 – hides a chilling secret that will rock the core of even the hardiest souls.

The island is so remote it has no neighbours and sea views for miles

The island is so remote it has no neighbours and sea views for miles

But the idyllic Scottish island, on sale for £325,000, hides a chilling secret – a murder in August 1960

But the idyllic Scottish island, on sale for £325,000, hides a chilling secret – a murder in August 1960

The 29-acre estate gained national media attention in August 1960 when lighthouse keeper Hugh Clark was murdered on the island.

His body was only discovered only when two visitors stopped at the island for a day trip.

Robert Dickson, a relief lighthouse keeper, was initially sentenced to death for the murder, but his punishment was later changed to life imprisonment.

The island is now on the market for £325,000 – around the same price as a two-bedroom flat in Edinburgh city centre.

The property listing includes a six bedroom, B-listed cottage and courtyard, though the lighthouse tower is not part of the deal.

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 infamous 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.

The six bedroom lighthouse cottage is included in the price tag

The six bedroom lighthouse cottage is included in the price tag

The property boasts six bedrooms, a living area and a large kitchen and dining room

The property boasts six bedrooms, a living area and a large kitchen and dining room

The listing also includes three B-listed, “ruinous” barns and is completely off-grid with power drawn from solar panels and a small wind turbine.

Potential owners will only be able to access the island via private boat or helicopter.

David Corrie, senior associate at Castle Douglas property firm Galbraith said Little Ross, off the coast of Dumfries and Galloway, offered “fantastic development potential”.

The 19th century lighthouse provides a beacon on the remote island

The 19th century lighthouse provides a beacon on the remote island

Potential buyers will need to enjoy living a rural life

Potential buyers will need to enjoy living a rural life

He said: “Back in the 1900’s, 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.”

Little Ross Island is known for the murder of the lighthouse keeper in the 1960s

Little Ross Island is known for the murder of the lighthouse keeper in the 1960s

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