Fresh start alert! Idyllic Isle of Rum in Scotland is looking for people to move into eco-homes

Lisa Walden
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From Country Living

The Isle of Rum on the west coast of Scotland is on the hunt for residents to live in four newly-built eco homes to help boost their dwindling community numbers.

The idyllic island, which is currently home to around 30 to 40 full-time inhabitants, is looking for people who can help "drive positive change" in the area and fully immerse themselves in the culture.

Looking for a fresh start? Then this could be just the ticket.

Over on their website, the island's trust explained: "If you have a trade, a skill or other business you could bring to the island to help diversify and grow the local economy then that would be seen as of great benefit.

"Young families are always a major contribution to isolated communities and so if you have young children they would find a wonderful island to play and learn in and so applicants with children will also be considered favourably in the allocation process."

Those lucky enough to move to the picture-perfect island will be given keys to a state-of-the-art home right on the edge of the village of Kinloch (rent will be affordable, too). Thanks to support from the Scottish Government's Rural and Islands Housing Fund, the houses will "remove a major barrier to accessing the many working opportunities on the island."

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The island might be small, but it has a dynamic primary and nursery school, high-quality broadband and a whole range of job opportunities in childcare, food production, house maintenance, fish farming and marine and mountain tourism.

A jewel of Scotland's Inner Hebrides, the island is teeming with diverse wildlife, has an eccentric castle, plenty of soul-stirring walking routes and glistening waters all around you.

Tempted to apply? You can submit your interest by emailing developement@isleofrum.com.

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