Two rich Australian women with Scottish ancestry so fell in love with the little uninhabited island of Ceabhagh that they bought it from Compte Robin de la Lanne-Mirrlees.

The ‘Colourful Compte’, tabloid favourite and former Queen’s Herald, held a dedication party for the ladies where they were entertained by pipers. There was possibly an excess of tartan in evidence for local liking. 

Who owns land and what they use it for is a critical question in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Although rich absentee landlords are often rightly blamed for treating the Highlands like their playground, there are also many crofts (small farms) lying empty owned by islanders who live and work elsewhere.


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