It’s possible to believe that such a magical, crafty spot could not exist. But there it is, right under your feet. See through the mist and myth, through the mythical vibes that it protrudes and say hello to The Isle of Skye.
Voted as the number one best place to live in Britain, this secluded Scottish hideaway isn’t for everyone and certainly deserves a lot of consideration if you’re planning to relocate. So, if you’re someone who values community above cars, who would rather hike the hills than hit the sunbeds or the type of person who would enjoy rugged landscapes and breathtaking scenery over the ‘hussle bussle’ lifestyle of a city, then this is certainly the best place for you and for your family.
You’re still here? That’s great. We’ve created a few pointers to help you along your way towards making a decision. We have broken this down into the top Three reasons why you should relocate to the Isle of Skye.
1. Scenery, Sweeping Views and Famous Filming.
Scotland’s Isle of Skye is beautiful. Aside from luring manys of thousands of visitors to it each year, the island also attracts movie producers and location scouts. With certain areas beloved by the cameras, the Isle of Skye is home to many historical dramas and renowned movies. (2006) Made of Honour - Romantic Comedy, featuring Patrick Dempsey was partly set in Scotland. The Dunvegan Estate in the Isle of Skye was used as a scenic backdrop with snapshots of Portree and Kylerhea.
Neist Point and Lighthouse:
As seen on screen, the emotional 1996 drama, ‘Breaking the Waves’ by Lars Von Trier, reflects scenes of the Isle of Skye’s Lighthouse with the ‘Quiraing’ also being used as a chapter heading in this film. Neist point is defined by its striking sea cliffs of jutting rock and is home to Scotland's most photographed Lighthouses.
The Quiraing is one of Skye’s most iconic and mesmerising landscapes. The landslip on the Northernmost point of the Trotternish ridge is defined by cliffs, sweeping hillsides and pinnacles that look strangely supernatural. Macbeth (2015), The BFG (2016) and Snowhite & The Huntsman (2012) have all been filmed here. The Quiraing can be reached by car and there are bus routes nearby. However, it’s best to travel around it on foot by following the rough path where you can also enjoy spectacular views of the Trotternish Ridge.
The Fairy Glen:
Located on the North of the island, The Fairy Glen is as magical as it sounds and avails of curious conical hills, a small loch and an ancient ruined castle. It’s not as grand as the Quiraing, but it’s like a landscape miniature. 2007 Fairytale adventure movie ‘Stardust’, features Skye’s Fairy Glen - a hidden gem not to be missed.
2. Money! Money! Money!
Of course when you’re relocating, your environment, housing prices and culture is of great importance. However, it all means nothing if you can’t afford to live there. With tourism on the rise, more jobs are becoming available and thus more benefits too. Pharmacies are offering highly competitive salaries for the right candidates, including and up to a £4,000 relocation package and free accomodation!
Other benefits being offered include, and are not limited to, 5 weeks annual leave, 9 days public holidays, company bonus & pension schemes and staff discounts. For any candidates wanting to develop their skills, many companies offer training and development programmes to assist with this.
3. Community Environment & Outdoor Activities
Climb the Cuillin:
For experienced walkers (any walker that can read a map) climbing the Cuillin summit is a must do. The Cuillin is home to the twelve Munros and offers beautiful scenery and breathtaking views. It is considered to offer the best walking and climbing in the UK. The iconic ridge of the Black Cuillin is the UK’s most challenging mountain range. Over 11 kilometres long and above 3,000 feet in places, the ridge contains 11 Munros and 16 other summits. The highest point is Sgurr Alasdair at 3,254.59 feet. The gentler, rounded Red Cuillin are popular with hillwalkers, the highest point being Glamaig, a 2,543-foot Corbett.
Swim in the Fairy Pools:
The stunning fairy pools in Glen Brittle consist of deep blue waters filled from the Cuillin. Popular in the area for ‘wild swimming’, this stunning 40 minute walk is also a well known hub for photographers. The fairy pools consist of a number of pools with some being deeper than others but beware, the waters are cold so a wetsuit is advised!
Go Sea Kayaking:
Develop paddling skills and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Scottish Highlands from a totally new and different perspective. Challenge the waters of Loch Carnon and Isle of Skye and discover the many hidden bays and beaches around Skye that are best explored from the Sea. If you don’t have your own boat, don’t worry. Skye offers rental boats and sessions on Sea Kayaking to get you up to scratch.
Pretty amazing place, Right!? Are you a Pharmacist interested in finding out more about how you can take up a relocation opportunity?