About Us

Unique Property Bulletin

Unique Property Bulletin is a not-for-profit website run by volunteers for like-minded people who love unusual places to call home. The Bulletin was established in 1987 by harbour-master Russ McLean as a result of his living in an Old Coastguard Lookout and then a Lighthouse Keeper’s House: both located on Davaar Island in Argyll. The island was close to Russ McLean’s workplace at Campbeltown Loch. The Unique Property Bulletin written is for those who enjoy visiting and/or living in unusual homes. Our publication’s readership has grown from 3,500 per month to 64,000 per month since we transferred the magazine online in 2012. 

Unique Property Bulletin HQ. Noss Head Lighthouse Station.

This is the northern office of Unique Property Bulletin.

Although our main office is at:

Abbey Studios,

280 High Street, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 1JF.

Amongst other things in this segment, we narrate detail of some freelance contract work you can do from home starting very shortly.

Our principle job is to help get our readers into unique property mischief. We are not estate agents. Just a group of friends who stared an eccentric publication in 1988 featuring unusual places to live.

The simple question we often ask is: Do you fancy renting or buying something from this selection…

A short A-to-Z from a large list of unusual places to call home: Air Control Towers, Barns, Castles, Coastguard Stations, Distilleries, Eco-Lodges, Fire Stations, Hotels, Ice Houses, Islands, Lighthouses, Martello Towers, Police Stations, Tree Houses, Underground Bunkers, Watermills, Windmills, Zoos.

We add regular unique peoperties to the main front page every few days. Plus there are useful feature articles as well.

The main publication is FREE to read, and relies entirely on donations and subscriptions.

Readers can help us keep the main website free by donating £3.65 for a year – 1p per day. Plus those who donate get a complimentary article as a thank-you from us…


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Unique Property Bulletin

Established By Russ McLean in 1987.

If you would like to have extra tools to help you find an old fire station, or former police station, perhaps a lighthouse property for sale to live in, please let us know?

Better still, would you like to find unique property coming up for sale in your desired location? Then consider reading our special FEATURE ARTICLE. It is just £3.65.

If you have already donated and have the password, CLICK HERE to read the unique property secrets feature article.

This is a ten minute tutorial webpage that might change your life. No exaggeration, this unique property location technique has made a profound difference to many of our readers. It is compiled from over 25 years experience locating unusual properties for sale to include in the Unique Property Bulletin.

The password protected webpage is unlocked for a modest... 

£3.65 donation

The £3.65 may seem an odd figure, but it is arrived at by simple virtue that this number equates to 1p per day for the year. Though larger donations are also very welcome. To donate £3.65 and obtain the SPECIAL FEATURE ARTICLE PASSWORD, please click the Paypal DONATE button…

Then CLICK HERE Here To Read The ‘Secrets’ Webpage

After the donation has been made, CLICK on the “Return to Unique Property Bulletin Ltd” PAYPAL PAGE weblink.  This will give your PASSWORD and an onward LINK to the SECRETS article for locating unique property near to you.

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Please note, on older systems you might get a different Paypal page. Just keep an eye out for the orange “Return to Unique Property Bulletin Ltd” web-page link from that Paypal page…

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This “Return to Unique Property Bulletin Ltd” hyperlink takes you to our “Thank You” page and the PASSWORD can be found there.



About Us

Fuller Narrative

This publication was born on 1987 at Davaar Island in Argyll.

Davaar Island is a genuinely amazing place to live…

Unique Property Bulletin Started on Davaar Island in The Foreground

(Then moving to Ailsa Craig Island, pictured top right in the photo above)

On Davaar Island, our original old lookout wasn’t much to look at…

^^ The Old Coastguard Lookout, Davaar Island ^^

Before Renovation.

Then again, what do you expect for £4 a year rent (1983-1987 prices)? We worked to make this place habitable and comfortable…

^^ The Old Coastguard Lookout Station ^^

^ After Renovation^

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^^ The Old Coastguard Lookout Station ^^

^^ Cosy Inside & Great Views of Arran. ^^

^^^ Unique Property Bulletin No Longer Possess The Lookout ^^^

The current owners do rent it out – if you fancy a holiday.

^^ The Old Coastguard Station ^^

A Marvellous Place To Live & Work 

~ Far From The Madding (& Coughing) Crowds. ^^^

This renovation was such a success that the owner of Davaar Island rented us the full lighthouse compound…

Home of Unique Property Bulletin 1987 – 1990,

Davaar Island Lighthouse Station, Argyll.

It is possible that lighthouse buildings and small islands may not be your thing. This is why we feature a very wide selection of other genres of unique property within this website for readers to consider making into a home. Whether you are looking to buy or rent a windmill, water tower, old railway station, canal lock keeper’s cottage, signal box etc., we have found these for other folk and shall give helping you find your ideal idyll our best efforts.

We can’t guarantee you will secure your dream property for a £4 per year lease, but you would be surprised at what is possible in your quest to live in a place that ignites your imagination and heats up your passion.

From this end of the keyboard, we typed our way across from Davaar Island to the next one in the remote archipelago…

Ailsa Craig Island

Home of Unique Property Bulletin following our purchase of the lighthouse station + pier + railway + engine house for around £100,000 in the year 2000.

Ailsa Craig Island. Utterly Sublime.

Looking back it would be ideal for this wretched Coronavirus and the self-isolating requirements.

Getting to and from the island is often an adventure in itself. One of our good friends has the right idea…

A wee bit of temptation at this point. We sold our Ailsa Craig island property around 2001. In 2018 it did come back up for sale. We were going to put in a bid as the chap we sold it to just let the buildings deteriorate. Sadly the current CEO of the Northern Lighthouse Board is not at all helpful and we have actually written to the commissioners at the NLB to stop their current CEO stepping onto our Noss Head Lighthouse Station road and requiring him to stay away as a result of his conduct in relation to being very unhelpful with the Ailsa Craig Island buildings. All we needed was a set of NLB plans as these are Grade A and Grade B listed buildings and the previous NLB CEO’s have been VERY helpful. It wouldn’t be so bad had we not provided several thousand pounds worth of accommodation and site use for free to this NLB eejit CEO. For tightness over £15 worth of paper, he has badly damaged a 25-year relationship. 

95% of the Northern Lighthouse Board folk are brilliant. All are dedicated, decent and hard-working. However, we won’t touch this Ailsa Craig Building until it is time for the current NLB CEO retire.

So, if you fancy buying an island property, Ailsa Craig island lighthouse station + pier + railway was for sale and from what we have been advised is still for sale.

You just need to find a way to bypass the unpleasant character that the NLB commissioners have at the their HQ!

Or alternatively, you could buy the property and ban this man from your pier. In our view 95% of the NLB would be welcome with open arms. If you knew half the trouble matey boy at NLB-HQ, 84 George Street has caused you would think twice about letting him access your pier.

Further details of Unique Property Bulletin…


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History + Freelancers Wanted + New HQ Premises

Please note: Unique Property Bulletin Ltd., is a not-for-profit organisation. We are currently run by volunteers. However, during the past 22 years we have been working to ensure the publication purchases its own premises without needing a mortgage. The thesis is, once the candidate building is bought and paid for (we emphasise that is must be free of mortgage) then we shall be renting the spare parts out and utilise that income to pay for PAYE staff employees to cover Unique Property Bulletin… editorial + admin., + IT. Thereby relieving some of the strain from the volunteers. During 2020 to 2022 the websites had lighter amount of content (due to the Covid pandemic). But once the new premises at Arbroath are opened and we revert to the full magazine format, the readership levels in the past that have ranged between 52,000 and 76,000 with a peak in excess of 186,000 readers for one particular article (here) shall likely be reinstated due to the full magazine type content…

^^^ 1987 Original Forerunner of the

Unique Property Bulletin ^^^

^^^ A5 Paper Format ^^

Courtesy of Editor: Russ McLean.

^^^ 1990s Sister Publication ^^^

^^^ A5 Paper Format ^^^

^^^ 1997 – 2011 Full A4 Version of Unique Property Bulletin ^^^

^^^ A4 Paper Format ^^^

^^^ 2012 ->>> Unique Property Bulletin ^^^

^^^ Full Online Version: 95% Free ^^^

^^^ 2018 -2020 Unique Property Bulletin ^^^

^^^ Social Media Addition To Main Website ^^^

(Currently, Facebook have bu66ered this up and 7,000 people are cast adrift by Mark Zuckerberg (here)

All this from a small network of 5 volunteers who telecommute from home-based offices and studies to help you find your amazing place to live…

One of Unique Property Bulletin’s Website Admin Desks

The view from another…

The Location From Where This Unique Property Bulletin Office View Is Available…

Unique Property Bulletin ~ Northern HQ

This page narrative is important given Covonavirus and the 2020 lock-down.

For 20 years Unique Property Bulletin has been advocating telecommuting as a way to work from wonderful places such as lighthouses, private islands and monasteries. Never in our wildest dreams nor nightmares did we ever think this occasionally monastic self-isolating style of working would become legally enforceable by proscriptive legislation.

Hence our bringing forward the new part-time freelance jobs we have for you to consider.

Especially useful if you need to work from home.

There is an added bonus: we couldn’t help ourselves when certain dream properties come up for sale. If you work in this environment of unusual property editorial, there is a real danger you may well end up moving to somewhere gloriously unusual for a new style of life…

^^ Pole House Style ^^

Building Plots From £67,000.

Click Here

It happened to us. The dream of living at unique property became a reality.

If you fancy some part-time contract work, you too may end up living in a very interesting place…

Meteora Monastery

Accessed by your very own cable car…

Meteora Monastery: Your Very Own Cable Car

Okay, this may be a little too remote for your “self-isolating” telecommute to work adventure.

Perhaps something a tad more readily available, but still remote…

A Nice Water Tower Conversion

Definitely possible for new freelancers helping with this website.

There is a great selection to choose from.

Researching + finding + publishing details can end up getting you into bother with your partner!

“Honey, I just bought us that *remote-isolate* telecommuter house you had asked me to find”…

Unique Property Bulletin We Were Lucky Enough To Buy A Small Island In 1999.

This year, 2020, another one has arrived on our radar…

Small Islands Can Be Addictive. We Are Looking To Bid On A New Island.

The Unique Property Bulletin has become an accidental success. During 2018 the volunteers were approaching burnout and decision whether to close or grow this organisation was made. One of our directors has spent over 20 years creating jobs, so it would be a wonderful result for us, especially during the Covid-19 crisis, if we are able to start creating new jobs. Specifically, if this work can be completed by telecommuting

As of 1st March 2020, we are delighted to advise the undernoted premises were successfully purchased and this website is much closer to providing a free service to all of our readers that is funded by the virtuous circle.

New HQ Office Bought In March 2020…

Unique Property Bulletin HQ.

Abbey Studios, 280 High Street, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 1JF.

Includes 12 spare offices for use as “business incubator” units.


Prior to refurbishment. Previous “before” and “after” photos of earlier projects: Click here and here to get an idea of what Abbey Studios will look like after being some TLC work.


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In addition to our HQ at Abbey Studios, 280 High Street, Arbroath, D11 1JF.,

We also have a new Northern Office…

The Tower House, Noss Head Lighthouse Station, Wick, KW1 4QT


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New Southern Office ideal area. Perhaps the Solent by the Isle of Wight…

Unique Property Bulletin is currently looking to buy an office premise to the southern part of the UK as well.

For EXAMPLE, this is what we need to locate and buy… 


If you see a candidate property in the south that may suit Unique PropertyBulletin, please can you let us know…

Text/Tel: 0757 276 8795.

Something along the following lines…

Windmills, lighthouses, islands, castles, old fire stations, canalside cottages, water towers, martello towers, old police stations. Something along the lines of this amazing place…

Spitbank Fort, The Solent, By Isle of Wight.

Unique Property Club has this under consideration. The price is a tad handsome and we would prefer something under the seven figure mark. Though the funds are available for the right building in the south.r safety

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Unique Property Bulletin Home Page: Click Here



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Grand Designs For Sale Home Page: Click Here


To get in touch, please TEXT your NAME and EMAIL ADDRESS to…

Unique Property Bulletin Ltd

TEXT: 0757 2768 795

Because of the Coronavirus, we are inundated with telephone calls: folk looking for underground bunkers and private islands. Please don’t go underground, it is damp, cold and you might end up self-isolating with your mother-in-law! Far better to consider a small island if you are looking for the ideal style of self-isolation + remote working.

As a result of the volume of calls, it would be very helpful if you could firest TEXT us with your NAME + EMAIL ADDRESS and perhaps a few words on how we can help you.

Very best wishes,


The Unique Property Team.

Abbey Studios, 280 High Street, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 1JF.810225.