Highlands & Islands

Deal signed on Barvas Estate buyout

A deal has been finalised to bring Barvas Estate on the west side of Lewis into community ownership.

The Duckworth family have owned the estate for more than 85 years.

People living on the 44,000 acres (17,806 ha) of land, including hundreds of crofters, gave their support for community buyout last year.

Lawyers for both sides have concluded paperwork for the transaction. The community expects to fully own the land by early summer.

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