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Isle of Rum Community Trust wants people interested in island life to apply to live in four new affordable eco-homes as it steps up efforts to grow its small community.
The affordable rented houses are currently under construction and will be fitted with high-quality broadband. The homes will also have clear views of the breathtaking Rum Cuillin.
Located near the spectacular Kinloch Castle, it is hoped the new properties will attract young families and skilled workers. The island has a nursery and primary school, making it perfect for those with children.
Despite families being favoured, there are no restrictions on applications and everyone is welcome to apply.
The homes received Scottish Government funding, as part of the Islands Housing Fund, in an attempt to provide affordable housing in rural Scotland.
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said: ‘We understand the challenges of developing affordable housing in rural and island areas which is why the Scottish Government has provided £454,000 to the Isle of Rum Community Trust through our Islands Housing Fund.
‘These four new energy efficient homes will provide safe, warm, quality places to live and contribute to the vibrancy and resilience of this island community.’
Work opportunities are aplenty on Rum, with employment opportunities in childcare, food production and marine and mountaineering tourism. There are also plans for a new café and shop and a post office.
There is therefore plenty to do on the island, as well as many potential revenue streams for future residents.
Consolidating and growing the community on Rum, and others like it across Scotland, is hugely important in the bid to fight population decline in rural areas.
Rum resident Lesley Watt said: ‘Rum has a small population. We need more families to fill our school and help grow our young community.’
It is hoped the new homes will help boost Rum’s adult population of 30 to 40 people and create a thriving rural community which can be replicated across the region.