How many of us have ever dreamed about dropping out of society, and going back to basics?
No mobile phones, social media, or 9-5 … if you’re wanting to escape from the complexities of modern life then have a glance at just a few of the UK’s most remote locations, collated by LPG suppliers, Flogas:
Fair Isle, Shetland, Scotland
Known for its community spirit, cultural heritage and wildlife- despite being only three miles long and one and a half miles wide, Fair Isle is a unique part of Scotland. Some of its inhabitants include black guillemots, fulmars, puffins and razorbills to both grey and common seals as well as whales and dolphins.
Located in between Orkney and Shetland, the land had been owned by the National Trust for Scotland since 1954, and now most of its citizens can be found at the southern end of the island.
It may come as a surprise to many that there is quite a lot to do and see in Fair Isle. The Fair Isle Bird Observatory is world famous for its scientific research around bird migration and seabird breeding colonies, while the George Waterston Memorial Centre and Museum is the place to find a huge collection of artefacts which offer a glimpse into the location’s rich past. There’s even a golf course — arguably the most remote one across all of Britain.
Foula, Shetland, Scotland
The name of this place translates to ‘bird island’, and it is home to one of the largest colonies of Great Skuas — or bonxies — across Britain, located 20 miles to the west of Wells in the Shetland Islands.
As well as being a hotspot for wildlife, Foula is also host to the 1,200 foot high Da Kame. These cliffs rise so high from the sea that on a clear day views can be enjoyed from their tip all the way across to neighbouring locations like Unst and the above mentioned Fair Isle.
Bardsey Island, North Wales
Bardsey Island has been an important pilgrimage site as far back as Medieval Times, known as Ynys Enlli by the Welsh tongue as well as the Island of the Currents by its literal translation, and it sits across from Wales’ rugged Lleyn Peninsula.
The island is a haven for nature walks, with migratory birds, dolphins, porpoises, rare butterflies and what has been claimed to be the oldest apple tree in the world, and there’s a further draw to the island for historians in the claim that Bardsey Island is the burial site of King Arthur.
Lundy Island, Devon
Named England’s first marine conservation zone in 2017, the windswept Lundy Island is situated 12 miles off the coast of Devon.
With only one shop and one pub to explore, the National Trust owned Lundy Island is a soothing retreat from modern life.Fortunately, there’s so much wildlife to seek out to make the most of the time — a variety of seabirds, grey seals, dolphins and even a basking shark or two can be viewed on or from the island on a given day.