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  1. Thanks Justme, sounds quite a balanced review. I'll continue with the viewings on Yell but with a view that the mainland would be the best option with amenities, especially for the boys. The same can be said for Orkney as well. We viewed a magnificent property on Shapinsay but there was so very little on the island (the reality was a lot different from how the island was promoted, even the last restaurant/bar is now closed). It's a shame because many towns in England are losing character, attractions and therefore revenue, causing them to slowly die. That's just one town whereas yours affec
  2. Thanks paulb, Neither of us have close family members other than our two sons who will be coming with us, my wife has some family in the south east of England who she will visit probably once a year and we've looked into the costs for that. I certainly take your point regarding the need for a medivac and we have discussed this at length beforehand. As I mentioned before, we are hoping that the danger has now passed and as long as she looks after herself there is no reason she can't run marathons and out live us all lol (medical professionals have stated that). So, it comes down to the '
  3. It is important that all the family members are happy, the current properties I'm viewing are 3 on Yell and one above Brae so maybe i need to find somewhere in the country southwards. I look almost daily on Dowle Smith and Rutherford website and the properties seem to be snapped up incredibly quickly so that must say something positive!!
  4. Many thanks hjasga! That sounds great advice, we want to live in the country but have access to amenities (ok the pub lol) mainly for the sake of my sons and it not being limiting for them at all. We're praying that my wife is on the road to recovery after the 2 heart attacks she had, a stent having been fitted and medication which is now stable that she will have to take for life. As well as the usual healthy diet, it's our stressful lifestyle owning a business which needs to change. It's the old cliche where you think it's going to happen to someone else and to be totally honest, at
  5. Thanks for taking the time to reply guys, even the negativity is appreciated. I guess there are pros and cons with everything we choose to do, we all fell in love with Orkney but I would imagine there would be some negative opinions if I queried the place before having gone there. If it's any consolation, where we currently live in Devon, it took my wife 9 months to have a 5 minute appointment with her dr followed by another 12 months the following year! So to be honest I'll take 2 months!! We'll see I suppose. I know visiting for a week in the autumn won't give a complete picture of Sh
  6. Thanks Capeesh, was also wondering if there was a semi decent pub or hotel etc where my 14 year old son and myself can shore up and watch the rugby while we're up there??
  7. Thank you so much to everyone, particularly Horns for taking the trouble of replying and giving me so much to think about. I can only imagine how severe the weather can be up there but we currently do live in a rural location where our back garden is Dartmoor and as an almost full time hiker, I prefer inclement weather where you don't see anyone (until I reach a cosy pub!) rather than having to share it with fine weather walkers only. As regards to my sons, my youngest is very out going, he had a professional football contract with Exeter city and as I understand it both Shetland and Orkn
  8. Hi, I hope I'm posting in the right section! I will be visiting Shetland (which is a long standing dream!!) with my youngest son in October for a week for a recce to relocate. As a family, we visited Orkney in April this year including house hunting and naturally fell in love with the place. However, I just felt I needed to visit Shetland before settling for Orkney. We currently live in Devon and totally appreciate the difference compared to island life (particularly the weather!) but we need a drastic lifestyle change away from the rat race due to my wife's poor health (2 recent
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