May 2021

There seem to be a lot of private islands in Scotland. Why is that?

Pete and Matt dig into the questions of land ownership, the responsibility of island ownership, and the kind of people who take it on. They then get the chance to talk to Vanessa Branson about her experience of buying and owning Eilean Shona, which she is now running as a luxury tourist retreat.

We drew heavily on this great article by Patrick Barkham in the Guardian in researching some of the recent history of private and community island ownership.

Listen to the podcast below