Private family island
• Detached family island
What can you say about a man who is the owner of the island? That he is rich, it is on its white sand sipping drinks and enjoying life. And the coast of the island of its revenue. But it turns out, there are a few other owners of private islands
Nicholson Family - happy owner Shiants islands near the Outer Hebrides, which is slightly to the west of Scotland. These islands since the 1920s belonged to the writer Compton Mackenzie, who love to call them "three spots of black pepper." Now it owns all the family Nicholson
What do they have? 500 acres of pasture, no embankment or harbor or good anchorage, not even trees, no rivers, sand, and generally anything that can be called a paradise.
There is also no ferry and necessarily need a boat. The only building on the island - a "house" Nicholson, although it is often called "the barn", but Nicholson is not offended, because only they can live in such conditions.
The house consists of only two rooms, was originally intended for the shepherds, and it was built already in 1870. Almost a half century (we will not take into account the repair), this house is on these islands
A luxurious accommodation, did not you? Given the fact that the roof blows off from time to time. Nicholson used the house as a summer residence, come on weekends and in summer. As Adam Nicholson, in a year in the spring, he came to the island to check out the house, and it turned out that a winter storm flung the door open and arranged in chaos. But every year, the family recovers and gradually renovating the old building
Tom, who are accustomed to the Internet and electricity, there is no place here that does not exist. Also, no running water, so you do not sink. But there is a spring with clean drinking water and good fireplace at each end of the house, so if you're not picky, then for you this house can become a paradise.
In the words of Adam Nicholson, it's not a very comfortable place in the modern sense. The sea is too cold to swim in it most of the year. No toilet or shower, but the main advantage of these islands, that there is no civilization.
All go to the toilet in the "intertidal zone" where everything just blows turbulent Atlantic Ocean.
The main problem of the island - the black rat, which came to the island due to the large number of shipwrecks. Their number varies greatly throughout the year, from 3,500 to 35,000 in the summer. Inevitably, they are drawn to everything delicious that Nicholson bring with them.
In order to protect yourself from them, the door to the house does not open after dark, and all the food hiding in a secluded place. But every night you can hear the rats running around on the roof.
Adam says that he once woke up and saw a rat in the 18 inches from his face, which looked closely at him. The island was owned by the family, when Adam's father bought the island in 1937 because of some 1400 US dollars. As Adam says, with all the disadvantages, in today's hectic lifestyle, these islands seem like paradise.