A rural mansion located on its own private island in the Scottish Highlands is believed to have been bought by a member of the Qatari royal family, according to media reports.
The 546-acre estate, which includes a four storey mansion, was put up for sale in 2012 for $22 million by Canadian telecoms tycoon Brendan Clouston, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
The estate went unsold for three years before it went to auction in September last year, where it attracted bids of somewhere in the region of $5 million, before it was eventually sold for a reported $10 million (£7 million).
While the identity of the buyer was never revealed, locals believe that it was a member of Qatar’s royal family who bought it.
“I believe one of the Qatari royal family has bought it. Steve Byford, of Kilmorack Community Council, said. “I think the community would welcome them to the area and hopefully they will get involved within the community.”
The mansion is located on Eilean Aigas island, accessible only by a bridge, while the estate also features a gate house and hunting lodge, are surrounded by mature woodland and parkland.