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PIECE AT LAST ON HIPPY'S ISLAND; Donovan 'sanctuary' sold off in pounds 22 bits.

Byline: GAVIN WILSON

A REMOTE Scottish island once earmarked for a 1960s hippy commune is to be divided into one foot square plots and sold to Americans.

Folk singer Donovan, a former owner, planned to turn the beautiful island of Clett into a "free love" sanctuary.

But its current landlord wants to sell off tiny bits of the seven-and-a-half acre Hebridean beauty spot for pounds 22 each.

Inverness-based property developer Richard Haigh reckons Americans with Scottish roots are desperate to snap up a piece of their ancestors' land.

He said: "In Clett Island, I believe we have a true symbol of the Scottish Highlands.

"Americans with Scottish roots are always looking for some kind of emotional connection with Scotland. This is their perfect opportunity."

Clett, off Loch Dunvegan in Skye, was one of three islets bought by Donovan in the 1960s. The Glasgow-born singer, who found fame with the hit Mellow Yellow, dreamed of creating a self-sufficient hippy commune, where free spirits could "find themselves".

He was so overwhelmed by the island's beauty that he penned a moving tribute to it, And Clett Makes Three.

But the plan never took off and the islands have changed hands several times since he sold them in the early 1980s.

Mr Haigh hopes to sell 250,000 plots.

The developer believes the island will attract nature lovers who could spot the seals, dolphins and porpoises which live in Loch Dunvegan.

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