What's it like to live in Isle Of North Uist?
Are the people friendly?
How does it compare to the areas around?
Asked on Oct 5 2007,
General in Isle of North Uist |
The area is stunningly beautiful with white sandy beaches on the west and spectacular rocky foreshores on the east. There are all kinds of flora and fauna that attract people from around the world including ornathologists, television programme makers and a certain very senior member of the Royal Family.
On a practical level, despite the relatively low population of a few thousand, there are excellent small supermarkets, carpet/furniture stores, DIY centres, inter-island and mainland ferry links, an airport, garages, filling stations and medical facilities, including NHS dentists.
The council are extremely helpful as are all the local agencies and there is good community spirit throughout with everyone working together - a very friendly area.
There is also a lack of crime which can be a major reason for people moving to the Western Isles.
For those thinking of relocating to the area, some good jobs do come up from time to time and it is possible to live more cheaply over here than the mainland owing to the low council tax and a less materialistic style of living. Additionally, improving broadband connections and good develpment agency support mean that Uist and Berneray are excellent for establishing a cottage business from home. Finally, despite having all the requirements for modern living, the Gaelic culture and language is still very much alive which adds value to the general quality of life in Uist.
Answered on Oct 29 2009,
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