The position, which will involve managing the uninhabited island of Inchcolm, home to a medieval abbey and a small gift shop, for eight months of the year, has attracted interest from all over the world. The successful applicant will be expected to live on site in a two-bedroomed cottage.
A spokesperson for Historic Scotland, which runs the island, said: “We have received over 100 applications for the job and over 200 enquiries about the post. We’ve had people from America, the Netherlands, Canada, Italy and South Africa all enquiring if they might be eligible.”
The job, which pays £20,373, may appeal to those weary of the rat race and looking for a more isolated lifestyle.
The successful candidate will live next to the abbey in a small cottage on the island, which lies in the shadow of the Forth Bridge. One other member of staff will also be on site and the two will share the cottage from March to October every year.
However, there are certain drawbacks to life on the island. Drinking water as well as food must be brought over from the mainland, and internet connection is limited.
And although there is a TV in the cottage, reception can be affected by passing ships.