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Half-million price cut for Ross island

By SPP Reporter

Tanera Mor lies among breathtakingly beautiful scenery off the Coigach peninsula in Wester Ross.
Tanera Mor lies among breathtakingly beautiful scenery off the Coigach peninsula in Wester Ross.

A PRIVATELY-OWNED Ross-shire island is on the market once again – with its price tag slashed by over half a million pounds.

Tanera Mòr, an 800-acre island in Wester Ross, was put up for sale last May at an asking price of offers over £2.5 million.

But despite attracting worldwide interest, no buyer could be found for Tanera, the largest and only inhabited island of the Summer Isles which lie off Achiltibuie.

Now selling agents Savills and CKD Galbraith are jointly marketing the island for offers over £1,950,000.

Tanera is owned by the Wilder family who bought it in 1996 and run it as a tourism enterprise with holiday cottages and a sailing school.

Before it was put up for sale last year, the Wilders held discussions with people in Coigach to see if they would be interested in a community purchase.

However, Coigach Community Development Company decided not to take up the offer because it was trying to progress other projects including the development of a community wind turbine.

The current owners’ ethos in managing Tanera Mòr has been to minimise interference with the natural ecology, while using its assets to create an environmently-friendly business.

Over the past 15 years they have planted more than 164,000 native trees as part of a woodland regeneration scheme.

A spokesman for Savills/CKD Galbraith said: "The island is currently managed and run as a successful tourist enterprise, incorporating a number of facets.

"Alongside the five established holiday letting cottages, the business has been expanded to include residential courses including a Royal Yacht Association recognised sailing school which has operated throughout the summer.

"The café and post office operate from a building lying close to the main pier and are open for seasonal daily visits from April until September. The café is a popular stop off, not only for the regular tourist boats from Ullapool and Achiltibuie, but also visiting yachtsmen and small, upmarket cruise ships such as the Hebridean Princess and the Noble Caledonia fleet.

"Tanera Mòr offers great potential for rural entrepreneurs. Scottish islands are often favoured for the establishment of wellness centres, outward bound activities and nature conservation projects. Tanera Mòr could certainly be considered for any of these enterprises."

The agents added that with three piers and the scattered location of cottages along the eastern side, the island could be divided into three distinct parts, perhaps appealing to a consortium of buyers keen to re-establish a self-sustaining island community.

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