BRITAIN: Island for Sale

$2 million might get you lona

Scotland's Western Isles are a striking blend of savage shores and pastoral serenity, made famous in music by Mendelssohn's Hebrides overture. If Mendelssohn were alive, he might now compose a Hebrides dirge.

Of the hundreds of Western Isles, few are as precious to Scots as tiny lona (pop. 90), where many kings of Scotland are buried and where St. Columba landed in the 6th century, bringing Christianity and the Irish art of whisky distilling. In 1693 the powerful Campbells of Argyll received the 4½-sq.-mi. island as a gift from the Crown and have watched over it...

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