Bleak is not best

The idea that some bleak off-shore islands in the remote and inhospitable north-west of Europe offer the highest quality of life in Scotland (your report, 24 December) is frankly bizarre.

The fact that the closest opposition is claimed to be Aberdeen and Orkney rather than Edinburgh, North Berwick or St Andrews is suspicious.

It may be that the islanders live longer than most mainlanders, but they still have to live in Shetland and as Elton John sang, “Life isn’t everything.”

(Dr) John Cameron

Howard Place

St Andrews