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What is Life Really Like?

Title: What is Life Really Like?
Posted by: Thomas Fenton on 16-06-2017

Discussion: Hi All,

Work has afforded me the once in a lifetime opportunity to relocate to the Uists. My wife and I have been visiting the Highlands for the last decade and love the lifestyle, isolation and scenery but have never been further than the inner Hebrides.

We both grew up in rural Lincolnshire, which is about as close as England can get, but have since moved to more populated areas for work. We hate it!

Everyone I speak to seems to speak very highly of life out on the islands but I was wondering if anyone would share their experiences? And potentially answer a few questions Google can't answer for me!

1). How long is the flight to Glasgow / Inverness ? And do they run regular enough to actually allow you to get interconnecting flights out of Glasgow? (We like to travel the world quite a bit and would hate to lose this)

2). Is the community spirit still high? We'd be miles from our families and wanting to fit in and find some new friends!

3). What is the internet speed like? My wife will be doing consultancy work from home that would require a decent connection. Whilst I'm not expecting the 60MB fibre speeds I get here what can I expect? With the isolation as well we'd be even more reliant on the internet for a great many things!

4). Are their often power cuts?

5). How harsh are the winters really?

6). What is the provision for car breakdowns? Is it a wait for the AA from the mainland?

7). Is there a gym on the islands?

Any other information you could provide would be greatly appreciated!

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