Clan Donald Lands Trust on Skye are aiming to keep local individuals and families on the land at Sleat.

It has unveiled plans to offer at least two of the units planned at Tarskavaig at a discounted rate to those who live on the peninsula but want a home of their own.

The proposals are all part of the planned new township at Gillean and discounted rates of around £70,000 for the crofts are now available.

Jan Wallwork-Clarke of the Trust said: “The trust is keen to encourage new crofters to branch out on their own and, by offering a specially-discounted rate for young local individuals and families, we hope we can help retain skills and traditions as well as offering a route to a lifestyle and income unique to land management in the highlands and islands.

“We have worked alongside the community to devise a proposal which complements and enhances the locality and we are very excited to offer such a unique opportunity.

“Croft revenues will be reinvested to assist in the running of the estate alongside the Clan Donald Lands Trust visitor attractions at Armadale that include Armadale Castle and Gardens and the Museum of the Isles.”

Angus Kelly from property consultants Bidwells added: “It is a very unusual move for an estate to create new crofts but the trust believes this is a tangible step towards traditional crofting and will help maintain a way of life synonymous with Skye and many other areas of the Highlands and Islands.”

Former farmland, the crofts are between 6.33 acres and 7.91 acres in size and are sited on predominately rough hill ground along with areas of in-bye land. Each croft includes a share in Gillean common grazing which extends to approximately 50 hectares