Keen to get away from the neighbours? Tiny British island wants couple to move there and do ‘dream job’ away from the rat race

  • The job offers full-time salary for estate worker and part-time hours for partner
  • They will be required to perform varied tasks, including venison processing

The isle of Rona, situated in the Inner Hebrides between Skye and the mainland, is looking for a couple to work on the estate and help run its holiday business away from the rat race. 

The dream job is offering a full-time salary for the estate worker and part-time hours for their partner.  

A private chartered boat leaves and returns just once a week and the island has no pub or shops.

The couple will live alongside just two other people and a small number of guests who visit for holidays.

Bill Cowie, island manager at Ardochy & Rona Estate said: ‘We’re looking for an enthusiastic estate worker and partner who will really throw themselves into our island life and outdoor work. Someone just like the island itself – self-sufficient, resilient and perhaps a little rugged. The island is our home and living, and we know the right candidate will fall in love with it just as we have.’ 

Pictured: A lighthouse in Rona. The accommodation comes with attractive sea views. Skye’s old Man of Storr, a rocky pinnacle, and the Trotternish Ridge can be viewed to the west of the island

The island is just five miles long, with varied terrain including woodland, lochs and rocky hills 

The role will include housekeeping, logistics and assisting with deer management, stalking and venison processing.

The job description notes that candidates must be ‘happy in remote areas for long periods’ and be ‘sociable with guests, visitors and colleagues’.

As Rona is off-grid, the island’s solar panels, generators, and inverters will need maintaining, as will equipment such as boats, diggers and other machinery.

While candidates do not need to be skilled in these areas, they must demonstrate a willingness to learn, Mr Cowie said.

The role is supporting a couple who are already on the island running a venison business and self-catering accommodation. 

The island is just five miles long, with varied terrain including woodland, lochs and rocky hills. 

There are around 180 deer on the island. Leisure activities for visitors include dolphin-spotting, dark sky stargazing and foraging. 

The role would suit foodies as Rona has a good source of langoustines, squat lobsters and wild mushrooms.

Skye’s Old Man of Storr, a rocky pinnacle, and the Trotternish Ridge can be viewed to the west of the island. 

Laura Saunders, commercial director and founder of jobs site HiJOBS, which is advertising the position, said: ‘It’s always been a priority at HiJOBS to help promote job opportunities across Scotland’s rural and Highland communities. This role is the complete embodiment of that, and I’m not surprised it’s one of our most popular job ads of 2023 to date.’ 

More information about the Isle of Rona role can be found on the HiJOBS website. 

Pictured: Liathach and the mountains of Torridon over the Isle of Rona, as seen from the Trotternish Ridge on the Isle of Skye

The role is likely to attract applications from those looking to escape the cost of living crisis in the UK.

People in their 50s and 60s are re-considering their decision to take early retirement after being made poorer by the economic landscape, a thinktank suggested this week.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies said the squeeze on living standards caused by the highest inflation rate in four decades was the likely reason why more 50- to 64-year-olds were searching for work.

The thinktank said it was too early to say for certain whether the jump in economic activity seen among older workers in late 2022 was the start of a trend.

It urged Jeremy Hunt to includes measures in this month’s budget to encourage more over-50s back into the labour market. 

Mr Hunt is expected to extend support for household energy bills by an extra three months beyond April, a government source said on Friday.

Government subsidies are scheduled to be scaled back from next month, meaning average annual bills would rise to £3,000 from £2,500.

However, the government source said the lower bills are now expected to be kept in place until the end of June.

Mr Hunt is due to deliver the budget statement on March 15. 

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