McCall Smith buys Cairns of Coll and guarantees protection in perpetuity

Making the money has has done from the hilarious No I Ladies Detective Agency series of books, has made it possible for writer, Alexander McCall Smith, to buy the uninhabited Cairns of Coll, a little group of islands north of Coll, one of the twin Argyll Atlantic islands of Coll and Tiree.

A long time sailor, McCall Smith has known the islands from picnics ashore on the beautiful white sand beaches that typify the entire island group.

He can get out to the Cairns of Coll in about two hours from his house in the magnificent Morvern, across the Sound of Mull from the Isle of Mull and on the remote and rugged Ardmamurchan peninsula.

The sale has also  brought the writer a house on Coll itself, said to have stunning views to the Small Isles archipelago.

He has guaranteed that the Cairns, with their populations of seabirds and seals and their regular visitors from the orcas, will be guaranteed safe passage into time by provisions he intends to make in his will.

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3 Responses to McCall Smith buys Cairns of Coll and guarantees protection in perpetuity

  1. I would love to stay on Eilean mor (Rudha sgor-innis.
    But as per usall only pepole whith money can owen these places. (A TRUE SCOTSMIN).

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    • Alexander McCall Smith has earned his money through his ability and has every right to spend it as he likes.
      In this case he is spending it for the permanent good of the Scottish environment and the wildlife on and around the Cairns of Coll.

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