Alexander McCall Smith buys deserted islands as writing retreat

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03 June 2013
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imports_WRI_0-ssl14m8x-100000_86307.jpg Alexander McCall Smith buys deserted islands as writing retreat
 The chain of Scottish islands can only be reached by boat in good weather ...

The chain of Scottish islands can only be reached by boat in good weather

The remote Hebridean islands, known as the Cairns of Coll, cost under £300,000. The largest, the Isle of Coll, includes a large detached house.

According to a report in The Telegraph, McCall Smith intends to use the islands as a writing retreat, and is determined to protect them as a nature reserve.

'They are very beautiful. I am going to protect them for what I hope will be forever,' he said.

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