Expat returnees from Europe taking the road to the isles

Published:  18 Oct at 6 PM
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The anticipated expat doom and gloom of Brexit is already seeing a trickle of Brit returnees boosting trade for estate agents offering homes on the Scottish islands.

As uncertainty continues to dog British expats living in EU member states, one national estate agency is experiencing a rush of enquiries from overseas about Scottish island properties. According to the agency’s Oban branch office’s estate expert, Brits are looking to swap sunny climes for the wild, Atlantic setting of islands such as Mull.

Two factors believed to be driving the surge in interest are value for money and the. at present. vague possibility that Scotland will be able to retain a close relationship with the European Union or even become independent and stay in the EU. The surprising increase in enquiries from overseas for island homes seems at present not to include realtors in Aberdeen and Inverness but, should the trickle of returnees becomes a flood, settling in Scotland may be good for those wishing to remain citizens of Europe.

The island of Mull lies off the west coast of Scotland in the Inner Hebrides and is home to just under three thousand residents, although the total swells in summer due to an influx of tourists. Its capital is the small town of Tobermory, known for its single malt whisky distillery.

Ferry trips to the mainland take between 15 and 25 minutes, dependant on the destination, and the island is known for its wildlife and natural, if somewhat chilly, beauty. The central rocky mountains give way to green slopes, and white-tailed and golden eagles soar above the pretty, colourful houses.

For former expats looking for peace and quiet, there’s a good, reasonably priced choice of country cottages with superb views, or a plot can be purchased and a home built by local construction firms. The only negative for retirees arriving from Mediterranean expat havens is, of course, the weather!
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