So you want to live... in splendid isolation

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This place won't appeal to fans of urban sprawl. Set on the Isle of Skye, the regional capital of Inverness (the only settlement in the Highlands with more than 10,000 people) is 142 miles away from this loch-side plot of land. And the nearest village is a good six miles away.

How remote are we talking?

This place won't appeal to fans of urban sprawl. Set on the Isle of Skye, the regional capital of Inverness (the only settlement in the Highlands with more than 10,000 people) is 142 miles away from this loch-side plot of land. And the nearest village is a good six miles away.

What, no buildings?

Nope, just a small plot of land (with an option to obtain more) with planning permission for a three-bedroom single-storey home with a spacious lounge, kitchen, bathroom and assorted storage rooms.

Where is this plot situated exactly?

Admittedly in the middle of nowhere, but according to the agents, the views will inspire. It's located on the banks of Loch Bracadale, with magnificent views of the Cuillins mountain range on one side and "MacLeod's Tables" on the other. Sunset is a breathtaking sight, while the moonlight vistas should be enough to prompt a call to your friendly local architect.

Anything for wildlife enthusiasts?

According to the agents the place is a menagerie of animals from Highland cattle to wayward seals, not to mention the birds. There's a reasonable-sized pond within the plot, which is apparently quite a draw to the local mallard population. And included in the sale are sporting rights, so you can hold your own little duck shoot.

Who would it suit?

"Someone who yearns to start with a blank slate," the agent poetically intones. Perfect for that dream retirement home.

How much?

The retreat, at Loch Bracadale, Isle of Skye, is for sale through Bell Ingram for £105,000 (01463 717799; www.bellingram.co.uk).

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