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Would you build a house through gale-force winds in a remote corner of Scotland? Meet the daredevil couples who did

Building a house from scratch is always going to be a massive challenge. But what about when you are faced with the threat of raging gale-force winds, a tiny, winding track to get materials up to your idyllic plot, and a craggy rock site that needs to be flattened, on an island that is so remote there is only one ferry a day? Then it would be very easy to throw in the towel.

Yet for a retired Scottish couple, John Henry, 68, and Ruth Hamilton, 65, nothing was going to put them off building a dream family home on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides – even if its famed gale-force winds, storms and the area of land that they had bought seemed to mean there would be almost impossible hurdles…