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Outer Isles? Yup, definitely a lot better - there's 3 on Unst that I'm aware of at the moment.

 

 

But many who are brought up in or around da toon cannot possibly conceive of the idea that life may not only be bearable on any of the isles but may actually be enjoyable. Imagine having to get on a ferry every now and again, not being able to enjoy mareel without planning a trip and not being able to go Tesco every day?! 

 

 

I know, I don't know how we all cope.....  :thmbsup

 

But this has to be offset against travelling costs if you're working in Toon, for example. 5x £8 plus fuel for 300 miles (from Toft) on an 5 day week can rack up the overheads somewhat. At 45mpg you're looking at about £75 per week for fuel and ferry costs without adding wear and tear on the motor. So, effectively, you'd need to be earning at least £100 a week gross more than you would living in Toon to balance it out. Or stump up the extra dosh to live in Toon. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.....  :mrgreen:

I'd guess Whalsay may be lower mileage, but not by that much.

 

But Sullom Voe and the Gas Plant are definitely do-able from Yell. 15 mins on the ferry and then 5 to SVT.

Unst could be a pain in the ass though.

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This time next year, Petrofac and their hanger's on will very likely be gone, and all this will be largely academic. House and rental pricing will settle back down to a more sane level, a few will have made a bomb, a few will have gotten their fingers burned, we've seen it all before only 35 years ago.

 

Not much comfort for those like the OP who need something right now, but evidence that whatever needed doing should have happened two or three years ago, and anything that could be done about it now won't have time to have effect before the problem resolves itself of its own accord.

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This time next year, Petrofac and their hanger's on will very likely be gone, and all this will be largely academic. House and rental pricing will settle back down to a more sane level, a few will have made a bomb, a few will have gotten their fingers burned, we've seen it all before only 35 years ago.

 

Not much comfort for those like the OP who need something right now, but evidence that whatever needed doing should have happened two or three years ago, and anything that could be done about it now won't have time to have effect before the problem resolves itself of its own accord.

Spot on there Ghostie and I would expect it to effect house prices as well

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This time next year, Petrofac and their hanger's on will very likely be gone, and all this will be largely academic. House and rental pricing will settle back down to a more sane level, a few will have made a bomb, a few will have gotten their fingers burned, we've seen it all before only 35 years ago.

 

Not much comfort for those like the OP who need something right now, but evidence that whatever needed doing should have happened two or three years ago, and anything that could be done about it now won't have time to have effect before the problem resolves itself of its own accord.

Given on how things are reportedly going I wouldn't be so sure on them being gone this time next year! Also if BP start building there gas sweetening plant at SVT then that will require a lot of workers. Not as many as are here now but probably still enough to strain the infrastructure and inflate rent prices to a certain degree.

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neep - I hope you've managed to find somewhere already, if not - here's my 2 cents:

 

Take one of the SIC's "low demand" places on Yell/Whalsay/Northmavine - spend what you'll save in the first 2 months of rent on an intensive "1 week to pass" driving course in mainland Scotland and buy a car in Aberdeen before jumping on the boat back up.

 

Win-win.

 

1. You'll get a gorgeous house with a secure tenancy (no more 8 weeks to get out nonsense) where one day you might choose to raise your family

2. You'll gain a driving license - whether you live in town or out it's always a valuable skill to have

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