The forever holiday

18 January 2018 | Aaron Wise

January’s cold and short days can often leave us daydreaming about jetting off on holiday in the summer ahead.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets a little down at the thought of returning home at the end of a holiday, but what if you didn’t have to?

Well that’s what one remote Scottish island is offering in their new tourism campaign.

Stronsay, an island in the northern region of Orkney, has launched, in the hope of drawing visitors in and never letting them leave (cue the Eagles’ Hotel California).

Okay, it’s not quite as sinister as that. The island, which only has around 300 residents, has been branded as a “tight-knit community with a rich social and cultural life underpinned by a sense of place, freedom and self-sufficiency that many city-dwellers frustrated with the frenetic pace of modern life can only dream about.” Already packed and set to go?

If you’re tired of living in the bubble of a nine to five job, then this far-fetched PR push could be for you. Most of Stronsay’s residents work multiple jobs, so you could be both a doctor and a fireman if you wished.

It’s also a crime-free environment and wildlife haven, but even better, there’s no traffic, like at all… ponder over that the next time you’re stuck in congestion for hours!

I love Scotland and attempt to visit every year if I can. I especially love the remote wonders of the Highlands, but the thought of leaving my busy city life behind, and all the things that come with living in an urban area, to start a new life on a small, quiet island is a step too far.

But that’s just my opinion. I’m sure there’s an array of UK residents that have had enough of the hustle and bustle of urban life and would like to take up Stronsay’s offer of a fresh start.

This is a great bit of PR by the Scottish island, especially at this time of year with Blue Monday – supposedly the most miserable day of the year – having just passed us.

I’m sure the 300 residents of Stronsay will be welcoming a swell of visitors in no time and it’ll be interesting to see how many stay… against their will.

I’m sorry, but this has the ingredients of a cracking Hollywood horror film!