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Port in the storm goes on the market

Sanda Island
Sanda and its two neighbouring islands should set you back about 3.2m

A Scottish island popular with Northern Ireland's sailing community has gone on the market.

The new owner of Sanda, off the Mull of Kintyre, will have the right to issue his or her own postage stamps and to mint their own gold coins.

But at what cost? Well, Sanda and neighbouring islands Sheep and Glunimore can be yours for the princely sum of about 3.2m

The former, which was was little more than a few derelict buildings 20 years ago, now boasts a pub, a farmhouse and a number of self-catering cottages.

The 315-acre island, 20 miles east of Ballycastle, is even known to host the occasional stag and hen do.

Sheep Island consists of 35 to 40 acres, inhabited only by a flock of 60 sheep, while Glunimore is little more than a lump of rock.

Although we have three daughters and a son, no-one in the family wants to take it on
Nick Gannon

Current owner Nick Gannon, 58, who bought the three islands at a cost of 250,000 19 years ago, said he and wife have decided to sell the group because they were separating.

"Although we have three daughters and a son, no-one in the family wants to take it on," he said.

One possible buyer could be Princess Anne who sailed to Sanda one errand in 2004 just to purchase some of its famous free range eggs.

The sale is being handled jointly by Vladi Private Islands and Edinburgh-based Knight Franks.

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