Highlands & Islands

Pairc Estate buyout: £500,000 purchase finalised

People living on the Pairc Estate in Lewis have finalised a community buyout of the privately-owned estate.

Residents launched Scotland's first hostile buyout four years ago, before an agreement was reached with landowner Barry Lomas late in 2013.

Last year, 166 residents voted for the buyout, with 77 against.

It has cost the trust £500,000 to purchase the 26,775 acres (10,835ha). Funding towards the cost was offered from public bodies.

These included the Scottish Land Fund, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Western Isles local authority, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

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