This beautiful Scottish island in the Inner Hebrides has seals, otters and wildflowers, and its own beaches
The Island of Gigalum, located to the west of mainland Scotland, off the Kintyre Peninsula in the county of Argyll, extends to about 19 acres. The island has a range of vegetation ranging from native woods to grassy areas with wildflowers to rocky outcrops with areas of heather cover. The shoreline of the island has a number of interesting rock formations with areas of sandy beach, as well as a family beach at the lagoon.
Seals are regularly seen basking on the rocks at the south end of the Island, and dolphins accompany many boats, while local fisherman put out lobster pots in the surrounding waters; otters are also known to breed on the island. The surrounding waters offer excellent sea fishing, especially for mackerel. There is a wide selection of birdlife including songbirds, waders, divers and gulls.
Gigalum House dates from 1980 and occupies a sheltered position, to the east of the principal ridge upon the island. The house was built with a central octagonal core off which are built four wing, and offers three en-suite bedrooms and a kitchen, as well as a large octagonal living area with fireplace.
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The four wings are interspersed by large French double-glazed windows providing attractive views across the island and its surrounding waters, in particular Arran to the east. Hot water is provided by heaters powered by Calor Gas; the house probably does require some updating for permanent occupation.
The Island of Gigalum is situated off the south eastern tip of the Isle of Gigha to the west of the Kintyre Peninsula in the County of Argyll. The surrounding seascape is dramatic and spectacular and the views to Gigha, Cara, Kintyre and Jura, as well as the Northern Irish coast are impressive.
The neighbouring Island of Gigha was acquired by the community in 2005 and extends to over 2000 acres including working farms, the principal house, whose gardens are open to the public, a hotel, a general store/post office and a 9 hole golf course.
The ferry terminal of Tayinloan on the Kintyre mainland has a village shop and petrol filling station. Principal local services and amenities can be found in Campbeltown, about 18 miles south of there, as well as in Tarbert, about 15 miles to the north of the ferry port.
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