Tiny UK island of two people looks to double population – and it comes with a FREE house

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The Isle of Rona, Inner Hebrides, has just two permanent inhabitants and four cottages. Three of the homes are available as holiday rentals, but the two people are now advertising for a couple to move to the island.

The job offer is seeking a to move to the island as estate workers.

A house is provided overlooking the harbour, and applicants must be up for living in a “wild and remote” spot.

Work would include maintenance of off-grid power and water, paths, woodland and infrastructure.

Other tasks would include vehicle maintenance housekeeping and laundry for two holiday cottages.

Red deer stalking and venison processing would also be on the cards, as well as selling produce and welcoming visitors.

Rona is just north of the neighbouring island of Raasay and east of the Trotternish peninsula of Skye.

The island has a total area of 930 hectares (3.6 sq. mi) and its highest peak, Meall Acairseid, is 125m high.

Rona’s name is believed to be of Old Norse origin, from Hraun-eyer meaning “rough islands”.

Writing in the 18th century Martin Martin wrote “this little isle is the most unequal rocky piece of ground to be seen anywhere: there is but very few acres fit for digging”.

It comes as residents on the island Ulva, which lies of the west coast of Mull, have also posted a job offer for a live-in livestock manager.

Home to just 11 permanent residents, Ulva was purchased by the local community group ‘North West Mull Community Woodland Company’ (NWMCWC) in 2018.

NWMCWC has since established a cattle herd comprising of 34 pedigree Highland heifers which are run extensively alongside a small sheep flock, with a Highland stock bull joining the herd in early summer 2022.

The part time role, which has the scope to become a ‘full agricultural tenancy’ involves:

  • Day-to-day management of the cattle herd and sheep flock on Ulva
  • Deal with all aspects of livestock welfare and production
  • Some basic farmland maintenance
  • Compliance with the grazing requirements of the agri-environment climate scheme

Earlier in January officials on Canna, another Scottish island, posted a job offer for a live-in role taking care of the wildlife and environment.

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) is offering the future Canna Ranger the chance to live on Canna, renowned for its natural beauty and has around 6,000 visitors a year.

The successful candidate will require experience of living in a rural or isolated area, with day to day tasks including maintenance of paths, gates and vegetation, and community engagement.

Surveying wildlife and providing feedback to inform projects and their management will also be part of the role.

The role is from March until November.

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