THE TRESHNISH Islands off the island of Mull, covering 320 acres, are a seabird sanctuary and were once a strategic Viking base. There hasn't been a community here for more than 100 years. A naturalist's paradise (and where better to greet the millennium?). Knight Frank want offers over pounds 400,000 (0131-225 8171).

LIVE OUT your fantasies in a listed 16th-century castle in Banffshire, north-east Scotland. Castle of Park, seven miles from Banff, has seven bedrooms, three bathrooms, two kitchens, two drawing rooms, twin vaulted dining rooms, a library and 30 acres. Offers over pounds 350,000 through GA (0131-226 6663).

YOU'LL HAVE two miles of shoreline on Loch Lubnaig in Strathyre, Perthshire, to call your own if you buy the 143-acre Laggan estate, 64 miles from Edinburgh. It comes with a four-bedroom house, shops, pub, school, two-bedroom cottage and salmon rights. Offers over pounds 345,000 to Clyde Properties (01786 471 777).