Fancy building your own secret Bond villain’s lair? Well, between you and me, we have the perfect location – Ailsa Craig island on the outer Firth of Craig, Scotland. What’s more, the asking has just been cut massively.
More on that later, but yes, your very own island, which is said to have been formed from a volcanic plug from a long extinct volcano believed to be over 500million years old. What’s left is a symmetrical cone of primitive rock 10 miles west of the south Ayrshire coastline. It’s around two miles in circumference and rises to 1,100 feet.
So what do you get? You get the island and its buildings, which are described as ‘one attractive cottage and three former cottages’, along with a ruined castle. There’s also a lighthouse mentioned, but it isn’t clear if that’s your property. See the agent if you are serious.
On top of that, you also get a ‘breeding ground for one of the largest colonies of gannets in the world’ along with and secondly, an important ‘blue hone’ granite quarry, the source of granite for curling stones. A few quid to be made there.
You can get there via private boat or there’s room to land a helicopter. You’ll probably have both if you do turn it into a villain’s lair. According to the agent, it is ‘for sale for the first time in many generations’, although the price might restrict the number of buyers. However, that price has just been reduced quite significantly. When we firsdt saw it, the asking price was £2,500,000. It has appeared online once more, this time for £1,500,000. Ok, we’re still in the land of fantasy, but losing a million off the price must open it up a little more. If you want to build that Bond villain’s lair, it really does seem like the ideal place. Just make sure you pack a few sweaters and have a big spinning chair ready to go.