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A Remote Scottish Island Called Isle of Rum Is Looking For Residents

A Remote Scottish Island Called Isle of Rum Is Looking For Residents

If 2020 has left you ready to run for the hills and live the quiet life, then you may be interested to hear that a drop-dead gorgeous remote Scottish destination is looking for residents.

The secluded Isle of Rum is a small and rocky island in Scotland's Inner Hebrides, located close to the Isle of Skye.

When we say small, we mean it; the tiny island is home to around 40 people and spans just eight miles from end to end.

Has lockdown left you ready to take the quiet life to new levels? (Credit: Unsplash)
Has lockdown left you ready to take the quiet life to new levels? (Credit: Unsplash)
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However, the local community are looking to encourage more people to move in and join the local community - particularly families, so that the island has a new generation of residents.

If the thought of rugged coves, big skies, mountain walks and wild ponies ticks all the right boxes, then the Isle of Rum could be for you.

According to The Isle of Rum Community Trust, residents will move into four new eco-homes currently under construction.

The sustainable homes are due to be finished by September, dependent on the coronavirus crisis.

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Located on the edge of Kinloch village, the two bed properties offer jaw-dropping views of Rum Cuillin mountain.

Living on the island would mean getting back to nature in the truest sense.

Once known as the Forbidden Island, Rum has belonged to the Nature Conservancy since the 1950s and is now home to large numbers of wild goats, deer, ponies, and golden and white-tailed eagles which can be spotted soaring across the big skies.

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Talking about the need to expand the local community, resident Lesley Watt said: "We have a population of around 32 people, including six children. With only one child in nursery and two in our primary school we need more families to fill our school as well as to be the next generation of islanders."

Families and people with specific trades are encouraged to apply (Credit: Pixabay)
Families and people with specific trades are encouraged to apply (Credit: Pixabay)

Along with families, people with specific trades and skills which will help expand and strengthen Rum's economy are encouraged through the website.

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Topics: Life News, Scotland

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Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.