This remote British island is looking for new residents – but could you live there?

This remote British island is looking for new residents – but could you live there?

Stronsay island in Scotland has a population of 349, and is a 95 minute ferry away from the nearest mainland island, Kirkwall.

Kirkwall, meanwhile, is a 70 minute plane journey from Edinburgh, making Stronsay is as remote as it is uninhabited. 

But is this virtually empty island your idea of heaven or hell? 

If it sounds appealing, then you’re in luck – because the island is actively looking for new residents. 

A new website launched by the Stronsay island community is looking for new people to live there.

It also seeks to double visitor numbers – currently just 600 visitors come to Stronsay annually.

The website describes the small population as “a tight-knit community with a rich social and cultural life”.

It also says life on the island is “underpinned by a sense of place, freedom and self-sufficiency that many city dwellers frustrated with the frenetic pace of modern life can only dream about.”

The island is around 32.75 square kilometres in size, and has one school, a church and a Catholic chapel. 

It is well known for its craft community, with local businesses producing jewellery, quilts and natural soaps. 

Cyclists are said to enjoy the mostly flat, traffic free island, while it also appeals to bird watchers. 

There is also a large variety of wildlife including wild flowers and rare birds.

Britons’ favourite staycation city for 2018 was recently announced – and it’s in Scotland.

Glasgow is the most booked UK destination for this year so far, according to Premier Inn.

It is the largest city in Scotland and boasts over 100 whiskey distilleries.

But which city do you think came second in the ranking? 

Published at Fri, 05 Jan 2018 11:42:00 +0000

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