Can we all escape to this Scottish paradise island? – Scotsman comment

The island of Ulva is looking for people to take over The Boathouse cafe. They may get more interest than they expect.

Friday, 18th September 2020, 12:30 pm
The ferry heads out across the Sound of Ulva with The Boathouse restaurant in the background (Picture: SWNS)
The ferry heads out across the Sound of Ulva with The Boathouse restaurant in the background (Picture: SWNS)

We recently suggested that those with a most severe case of Brexit blues might wish to relocate to Venus where, despite its inhospitable (and decidedly lethal) atmosphere, possible evidence of life has been detected.

This was a satirical rather than a practical suggestion, but the opportunity to take over the running of The Boathouse cafe and restaurant on the island of Ulva, just off Mull, will surely appeal to many.

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“A hidden gem, nestled in the crook of neighbouring Mull’s embrace, Ulva is an island paradise for wildlife, scenery and escape,” says

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Previous visitors to Ulva include James Boswell and Samuel Johnson, Walter Scott and Beatrix Potter, while the current inhabitants consist of six resident humans – a population boosted by around 7,000 visitors a year in normal times – along with white-tailed sea eagles, golden eagles, hen harriers, otters and seals.

The ‘things to do’ section of community-owned Ulva’s website has three headings: wildlife, history and beauty. Sounds just wonderful – and so much nicer than Venus.

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