Desert Island Discs' Kirsty Young buys £1.6m deserted Loch Lomond island

She and her husband Nick Jones, founder of the private members’ club chain Soho House, will enjoy holidays on Inchconnachan island in the middle of Loch Lomond, on which no human being has settled for 20 years. Its troupe of wallabies are among the only ones living in the northern hemisphere.

Young, 53, and Jones, 58, plan to demolish a derelict 1920s bungalow currently in place and build a two-storey, three-bedroom timber lodge plus a boathouse, jetty and other outbuildings.

A source insisted all work will be “in keeping with what is already on the island” and that Inchconnachan will play part in the £1.4billion Soho House empire.

Public rights of way will be maintained and non-native plant species rooted out on the 103-acre landmass, 20 miles from Glasgow, which the aristocratic Colquhoun clan owned for centuries.

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