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The job is in one of the most beautiful locations in the UK (Picture: SWNS/LHOON/myjobscotland)

If you are a fan of peace and quiet, now is your chance to live on an island of 60 people and work as a deckhand.

The job is advertised on Fair Isle – located 24 miles off the remote Shetland Island in Scotland.

Historically a fishing and crofting community, the island is thought to have been populated for as long as 6,000 years – and was owned by Norway in the 14th century.

Today, the island is owned by National Trust for Scotland, which is advertising the new deckhand job.

The island population is said to be ‘thrilled to meet some new faces and are eager to highlight the ways the successful candidate can become involved in local life’.

‘It’s an opportunity to be part of a living community, which is rare nowadays,’ said James Stout, a fourth-generation resident of Fair Isle.

‘It’s a community looking to the future.’

National Trust will provide a family home for the successful candidate providing they meet the charity’s rental criteria.

Fair Isle, Shetland, population 60, located 24 miles from the Shetland mainland in Scotland. Release date, 11/10/23. See SWNS story SWMRisland. A job is being advertised to work as deckhand on the UK?s most remote inhabited island ? with a population of just 60. The position is on Fair Isle - located 24 miles from the Shetland mainland in Scotland and historically a fishing and crofting community. The island has thought to have been populated for as long as 6,000 years and was even owned by Norway in the 14th century. Today the island is owned by the National Trust for Scotland ? who are advertising a new job as a deckhand on the local ferry MV Good Shepherd.
This is what you could wake up to each day (PictureNational Trust Scotland/SWNS)
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MV Good Shepherd in Fair Isle (Picture: LHOON/Wikimedia Commons)
Fair Isle has a tight-knit community (Picture: LHOON)

Clea Warner from the Trust said: ‘Having been in Fair Isle myself at the beginning of October, I know very well what a beautiful and friendly place it is.

‘For anyone who loves outdoors and wildlife, there’s no place like it, the community are very dynamic and welcoming, and committed to keeping Fair Isle as a thriving place to live.

‘The new job opening on the island is a fantastic opportunity to be part of this amazing place for themselves.

Fair Isle, Shetland, population 60, located 24 miles from the Shetland mainland in Scotland. Release date, 11/10/23. See SWNS story SWMRisland. A job is being advertised to work as deckhand on the UK?s most remote inhabited island ? with a population of just 60. The position is on Fair Isle - located 24 miles from the Shetland mainland in Scotland and historically a fishing and crofting community. The island has thought to have been populated for as long as 6,000 years and was even owned by Norway in the 14th century. Today the island is owned by the National Trust for Scotland ? who are advertising a new job as a deckhand on the local ferry MV Good Shepherd.
The place is historically a fishing and crofting community (Picture: National Trust Scotland/SWNS)

‘It’s always pleasing to see job opportunities come up in Fair Isle.

‘Our charity continues to engage with the community and with organisations such as Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Shetland Islands Council to support the sustainability of this island, which it’s our privilege to care for and share.

‘We hope that the new ferry job advertised will attract plenty of interest and look forward to welcoming the successful applicant to the island.’

The job listing is available online here if you want to apply for it.


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