Lovely part of Scotland.Extractors - yes they are expensive, I was half hoping you were going to say you had a spanish contact/source of reasonably priced ones.
Are you aware of Dr. Leo Sharashkin's work with Layens hives ?
I'm down on the Kintyre peninsular, near Campbeltown. We get the full force of SSW -> NNW gales when they happen. Rain only comes horizontal hear
Yes I'm aware of Dr Leo, as they seem to call him and of Lazutin. I read the original work of Layens, in French, but it's pre Veroa and could do with updating. I guess the next step is Spanish. There must be books as it is reportedly the most commonly used hive there. Ironically nothing more in French and Dadant is the most commonly used hive here, so no help locally.
I have used a supplier in Spain
Colmenas layens the cheapest extractor is just over 200 euros, but for you, the p&pwould probably be ridiculous.