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The tiny Scottish island of Eigg, with a population of just 60, is up for sale for the second time in 15 months. The island, in the Inner Hebrides, is on the market for at least pounds 2m, according to estate agents Knight Frank of Edinburgh.

The present owner, a German artist called Maruma, bought the island for pounds 1.5m last year and promised to invest pounds 15m. Instead, he sold off the cattle, a mainstay of the fragile local economy. The previous owner was Keith Schellenberg, a colourful Yorkshire businessman and former Olympic bobsled champion. He clashed with his tenants over his plans to maintain Eigg's unspoilt nature and reluctance to install basic amenities. In the tense final months of his tenure, his vintage Rolls Royce was destroyed in a mystery fire. When he left, the islanders threw a party to celebrate comparing his departure to the liberation of Haiti from Papa Doc Duvalier.