“Owning my own private island” is such a wild fantasy that it is usually reserved for Hollywood rags-to-riches movies that end with Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd sipping champagne on a beach. But the world is crazy, and you can now buy a tiny island off the coast of Scotland for the same price as a minuscule two-bedroom home in Queens.
Linga is a 63.75-acre isle in the Vaila Sound in the Shetland Islands, which are 70 miles north of the northernmost tip of Scotland. The grassy little island is home to two cottage ruins, a loch, and views of mainland Shetland’s rocky coastline. The last inhabitants of Linga left in 1934, but a quick boat ride will get you to the coastal village of Walls (pop. 978) for when you need to get some socializing in.