This remote Scottish island is looking for new residents

A remote island off Scotland’s coast is looking for new residents.

The Isle of Rum is recently home to four new “eco-homes” with “high-quality fibre broadband.”

The island’s Community Trust are currently seeking applicants for the “affordable rent” homes that are currently under construction.

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The two-bedroom houses, that sit on the edge of the village of Kinloch and boast views of Rum Cuillin, should be available to live in by June this year, according to the Trust.

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Rum is about 30 miles off the west coast and has a population between 30 and 40 people. It has a nursery and a primary school.

The Trust is encouraging young families and those with a trade or a skill that could be of use on the island to apply.

It added there are jobs available in the area from childcare to food production to house maintenance.

In a statement the Trust says: “ The community land owning Trust, who own most of Kinloch village, is looking for dynamic individuals or families who are keen to fit in to the island way of life and help drive positive change for this young and growing community.

“All homes have high quality fibre broadband and the island has a wide range of job opportunities such as in childcare, food production, house maintenance, fish farming or marine and mountain tourism.

“The Trust are open to housing applications from anyone. If, however, 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.

“Also, 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.”

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The deadline for applications is Monday, April 6 this year.

Housing minister Kevin Stewart told STV news: “We understand the challenges of developing affordable housing in rural and island areas, which is why the Scottish Government has provided vital funding of £454,000 to the Isle of Rum Community Trust through our Islands Housing Fund to make this project a reality.

“These four new energy efficient homes for affordable rent will provide safe, warm, quality places to live and contribute to the vibrancy and resilience of this island community.”

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