Lagnagiogan is a charming former croft house which offers something of an escape from the rat race. Set in a peaceful and scenic rural location near the centre of the isle of Iona, it is close to the village and Iona Abbey. Picture: Bell Ingram The island supports a lively and thriving resident community and attracts thousands of tourists every year, following in the footsteps of St Columba and drawn by the tranquillity, wildlife, the beauty of the landscape and the secluded, sandy beaches. With the number of vehicles on the island restricted, and no crime to speak of, it is a very safe environment. Picture: Bell Ingram It is remote, but only it you view it in proximity to major cities. The ferry service from Iona to Fionnphort on neighbouring Mull takes ten minutes, so there are opportunities for days out in what you could call the big smoke, relatively speaking. From Mull the ferry to Oban takes 45 minutes or there is an airstrip suitable for private aircraft. Iona itself has a … [Read more...] about Escape the rat race thanks to this secluded former croft house on the Isle of Iona
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IF you go down to the Swedish woods today… you may find this stunning, secluded cabin.The luxurious Vipp Shelter is the perfect spot to relax and recharge while really getting back to nature.The split-level, 55 metre-squared cabin in the woods features floor-to-ceiling sliding windows, giving the illusion you’re living outside, while its bedroom skylight enables you to truly feel as though sleeping under the stars.If you’re worried the early morning sunshine might wake you up, don’t be – there are integrated blinds which ensure you are in control of moonlight and sunrise.It sleeps two people and also features a stylish steel kitchen situated in the living room, making it a natural gathering point – particularly with its built-in roaring fireplace.Only the bathroom and “bed loft” are positioned away from the main living space, and each piece of furniture was carefully selected to keep the focus on the stunning surroundings. The cosy … [Read more...] about Leave the rat race in this stunning cabin tucked away in the heart of a forest
WITH a quaint lighthouse cottage, no noisy neighbours and sea views for miles it seems the perfect place to escape the rat race.Yet this Scottish island - now on sale for £325,000 - hides a chilling secret that will rock the core of even the hardiest souls.The 29-acre estate gained national media attention in August 1960 when lighthouse keeper Hugh Clark was murdered on the island.His body was only discovered when two visitors stopped at the island for a day trip.Robert Dickson, a relief lighthouse keeper, was initially sentenced to death for the murder, but his punishment was later changed to life imprisonment.The island is now on the market for £325,000 - around the same price as a two-bedroom flat in Edinburgh city centre.The property listing includes a six bedroom, B-listed cottage and courtyard, though the lighthouse tower is not part of the deal.The tower, designed by Alan Stevenson, was built in 1843 to close the gap between other lighthouses at the Mull of Galloway … [Read more...] about Idyllic Scottish island boasting a six-bed lighthouse cottage with no neighbours seems the perfect place to escape the rat race as it hits market for £325k – but it’s hiding a chilling secret
A high-flying couple are living the dream after giving up their day jobs to go on a permanent road trip.Joe Neiheisel and Emilie Johnson wake up every morning to views of some of the USA’s most beautiful national parks – and all they need to do is open up the doors of their van.Tired of the rat race, the pair gave up top jobs in marketing and finance to follow their dream of life on the road.The couple, from Cincinnati, Ohio, set off with Uschi the dog in their self-converted Mercedes Sprinter 144 Hi Roof on Christmas Day last year.Nearly a year into their big adventure, the pair have already experienced destinations such as California, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Idaho and Washington – with no plans to return to the nine-to-five drag.Emilie, 46, said: “We are kind of winging it, following the sun and sport.”She continued: “Most days we wake up in a national forest and make a good breakfast, enjoy our coffee, and make sure our dog has had a little fun, … [Read more...] about High-flying couple who quit the rat race after converting their own camper van say they will NEVER finish their road trip
EVER wanted to jack in the nine-to-five and start a new life free from the shackles of modern existence?Many people dream of a simpler existence, but the stars of Ben Fogle's new show are really living it.The Channel 5 series follows the British adventure, 43, as he meets the people who have turned their backs on the rat race - and are living in some of the most remote locations on Earth.These include a woman who set up a farm on the edge of the Sahara, a hostel owner in the Guatemalan jungle, and a British couple who founded an Alpaca farm in Spain.The series also features the creators of a floating island off Canada’s west coast, a cabin builder in the Arkansas bush, and a Brit who patrols Cambodian waterways.And one particular adventure sees Fogle travel to the remote Wilderness Island, off Australia’s north-western cape, to meet a man living in notoriously dangerous "cyclone alley".Jim, 45, was inline to inherit his family's cattle farm, but was involved in a … [Read more...] about Fed up of modern life? Stars of new telly show have ditched the rat race … could you?