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24 Things You Miss When You Leave A Scottish Island

"Nice house." "Thanks, I built it myself."

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3. The wee breaks you get – and the friendly chats – when you have to pull up in a passing place.

Richard Szwejkowski / Via Flickr: 68112440

You also get to admire the lovely view. You can't do that in a city, mainly due to the two lane roads, and also the fact that the view is usually: "Nando's - Pret - Nandos."

4. Having your very own Cheers experience every time you go to the pub.

Shetland Arts / Via Flickr: shetlandarts

Want to go "where everybody knows your name?" Just head to your local. They're always glad you came... unlike most city centre Wetherspoons.


5. And this often means a never-ending supply of drinks are bought for your table.

"Whose round is it?" "Who cares!"

6. Showing up at a big night out wearing this.

What's more important: Going home to change or having a great time? And no one will bat an eyelid at your outfit choice.

7. The sense of history.

Flickr: shadowgate / Creative Commons

There's something to be said for living somewhere that's been constantly occupied for over 5,000 years. Did your great-great (x 100) grandfather build this stone circle? Possibly.


9. That magical moment when the sun finally comes out. / Creative Commons

We might only get one day of summer, but we certainly make the most of it. City types will never know the joy of trying to pretend 10° is "ice-cream weather".

10. Living in a home your relatives built.

"Nice house." "Cheers, my dad and uncle built it." You just can't feel the same connection to a £4,000 a month one-bedroom flat in Bermondsey.

12. The roar of the motor as you head to the mainland.

It's incredibly weird when you don't have to spend half your life hopping on and off a CalMac. "You mean I can just walk to places? On foot?!"


13. The close bond you have with your neighbours.

After all, there are only about six of them. "Look after your dog for three weeks? Sure, no problem!" "Random street party/barbecue on a weekday? Let's do it."

16. The unique, amazing food.

Who needs Greggs yum-yums when you've got Brown's Flaky Biscuits?


18. Being able to take your time.

There's no sense of hustle and bustle on an island: Mainly because whenever you try and rush anywhere you get stuck behind a herd of cows.

19. Watching tourists freak out over the place names. / Creative Commons

Yeah, there's Twatts in Shetland and Orkney. So what? name originates from the Old Norse þveit, meaning "small parcel of land" STOP SNIGGERING.


21. The excitement of a mainland band playing on your island.

Even if it's just these guys.

22. The friendly faces. / Via Flickr: duncan

Island life: Puffins, seals, deer, birds, hares, otters, and whales. City life: Pigeons and the occassional sad fox. No contest.