Entire Scottish island on sale for £1.75m has castle, 42ft whale and sheep flock

If you, like many other Britons, are thinking about swapping city life for country living post-pandemic, here's one massive slab of land up for sale where a rural escape is guaranteed.

The entire island of Valia in Scotland's Shetland archipelago is up for sale for offers over £1.75million, and the remote island comes with a restored B-listed castle and a host other unique features.

The island, which is about 10 minutes by boat away from the Shetland mainland, boasts 757 acres, 6.5miles of coastline, a bell tower that overlooks the sea, and the beautiful Vaila Hall – a 17th century castle which Shetland News describes as "one of Shetland’s most eye-catching buildings".

The castle features six bedrooms, including the principal suite which connect to the tower bedroom via a secret passageway as well as stained glass windows, a baronial hall and a stone fireplace.

Vaila also has a two bedroom cottage and a 19th century three-bedroom farmhouse that comes with a cowshed dubbed the "whale house" which houses the skeleton of a 42ft sperm whale which was beached on the island in 2000.

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There's a flock of 200 pure bred Shetland ewes that could also become property of the island's new owners too.

The island's current owners, Richard Rowland and Dorota Rychlik, have lived there for close to 30 years.

In this time, the couple lovingly restored Vaila Hall and married on the island.

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Mr Rowland told Shetland News: “We’ve had 30 fantastic years here, and we’re getting on in years now, so I think the time has come for someone else to take on the place

“One just has to be realistic that nothing is forever.”

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Shetland News also reports Mr Rowland, whose daughter wedded on Vaila as well, said leaving the island would be "quite a wrench", describing it as "a microcosm of all that is best about Shetland" that has “Space, peace, natural beauty and wonderful light”.

The New York Post reported that Vaila was up for sale for £245,388 ($300,000) in 2020, revealing even the farthest flung places in Britain are not untouched by the current inflated property market.

Vaila in on the market with Savills.

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