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This idyllic Scottish island is looking for someone to look after its sheep and cows

Need to get away from it all? If you’re into animals, this could be the perfect job opportunity

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson

Are you done with humans? Tired of socialising and commuting and all the faff that comes with living in a city? Moving to the Scottish island of Ulva – population 11 – might be the answer. If you’ve got an affinity with animals, it could be the perfect opportunity. 

The island was bought by the North West Mull Community Woodland Company in 2018, and now they’re looking for someone to look after all their sheep and cows. The livestock was brought over to island a few years ago, and big news: a bull will soon be moved over from the island of Mull, too. That means calves can be expected soon.

Unfortunately, the task doesn’t just involve frolicking around with farmyard animals. They company is after a part-time livestock manager for at least the next two and a half years. Livestock farming hasn’t been a thing on the island for decades, so it’ll be a lot of hard work. (Part time, by the way, means 61 hours a month to start with, rising to 76 hours by the end of the two-and-a-half year stint.)

Salary depends on experience. If you’ve worked in challenging agricultural environments, expect between £912 and £1,216 per month. At the lower end of the scale, you’ll be paid between £732 and £976. Oh, and your rent will cost £520 for a four-bed property already earmarked for you on the island.

So, tempted by the whole idea? Fancy a drastic life change? You can find out how to apply here

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