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Ever Fancied Life on an Island? Now You Can Try Before You Buy!

Most of us have been overcome by the urge to get away from it all at one time or another, but if the idea of living on a remote island is something that really appeals to you then why not “try before you buy”?

The island community of Eday in the North Islands of Orkney is currently carrying out a property marketing campaign for the rental of their special “gateway house” which was built to offer those thinking of relocating to the area the chance to experience island life before committing to a property purchase.

New Tenants Sought by Tiny Island Community

The new tenants will join a community of around 150 residents on the small island which measures eight miles long by two miles wide and is an hour and a quarter ferry ride from the Orkney capital of Kirkwall.

The three-bedroom detached property, christened The Grind after the old Norse word for gateway, is currently up to rent for £70 a week – in the hopes of encouraging young people and families into the area. The home, which boasts a master with ensuite, full double glazing and under floor heating was built in 2009 and offers stunning views across Loch Mill.

The Eday Partnership are carrying out their own property marketing for the  house, which has been placed on Gumtree in the hopes of attracting interest.

Property Marketing Targets Families

A spokesman for the group explained: “Ideally we are looking for families who are able to find employment through existing skills and have a desire to become an active part of our community.”

Anyone interested in relocating to the area should contact the Eday partnership via their website