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Old Mar 29th 2015, 6:41 pm   #1
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Default 5 Years On

Moved back to Scotland 5 years ago and finally retired 4 years ago. A difficult transition ? In some ways, but what surprised me is how busy one can be when there is no longer that business about a JOB interfering with your life ! Life on a Scottish island can be a bit bleak in Midwinter but now that we are past the Equinox again, things are looking brighter.

The Isle of Bute has a lot going for it !
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Old Mar 30th 2015, 8:39 pm   #2
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Scot47 think I remember some of your earlier posts. Can't believe it's 5 years already! Thanks for update.
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5yrs and a month for us also. Was pretty happy here, no real desire to go to Oz again but now we our daughter, happy to wherever is best for long term. Not real sure I'd like to go back to Oz, not real sure I'd like to get old(er) in the UK either. But age and visas mean only Oz, NZ or the EU is open to us, oh and Korea

Swings and roundabouts and all that.
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Old Mar 31st 2015, 12:09 am   #4
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Must say, Scot, as time goes on the more rural the better for us oldies. Give us a rundown of the the island, will you? What's a typical day like for you?
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Old Mar 31st 2015, 8:03 am   #5
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I live in the main town on the island. Within 400 meters of my flat I have library, shops, health centre and ferry terminal. Nice gardens and parks, including the front which is just a stroll away If I need the big city, Glasgow is only 2 hours away by ferry and train. I hardly ever go there now.

Lots of nice gentle walks for the dog. A bus run to one of the nice beaches at the north end of the island - using my Bus Pass. Dogs go free.

I live a car-free life. Local supermarket will deliver orders over £25. Living without a car is for me liberating.

The island has, like all the islands in Scotland, its own character. Since its development as a Victorian holiday resort it had had many incomers, from Scotland and elsewhere. English accents are not unusual among the residents. For its size it has a rich cultural life, especially in winter. Next month we have the Jazz Festival. there are other music events through the year.

http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festival...fbutejazz/2015

http://www.visitbute.com/

http://www.butefest.co.uk/

Housing is reasonably priced compared to the Deep South of England. Or you can rent. PM me if you want to ask any questions.

I hope this is not cosidered "advertising" ! Let us call it "Public Information" !

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Old Apr 1st 2015, 1:26 pm   #6
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I live in the main town on the island. Within 400 meters of my flat I have library, shops, health centre and ferry terminal. Nice gardens and parks, including the front which is just a stroll away If I need the big city, Glasgow is only 2 hours away by ferry and train. I hardly ever go there now.

Lots of nice gentle walks for the dog. A bus run to one of the nice beaches at the north end of the island - using my Bus Pass. Dogs go free.

I live a car-free life. Local supermarket will deliver orders over £25. Living without a car is for me liberating.

The island has, like all the islands in Scotland, its own character. Since its development as a Victorian holiday resort it had had many incomers, from Scotland and elsewhere. English accents are not unusual among the residents. For its size it has a rich cultural life, especially in winter. Next month we have the Jazz Festival. there are other music events through the year.

Isle of Bute Jazz Festival 2015 - eFestivals.co.uk

http://www.visitbute.com/

http://www.butefest.co.uk/

Housing is reasonably priced compared to the Deep South of England. Or you can rent. PM me if you want to ask any questions.

I hope this is not cosidered "advertising" ! Let us call it "Public Information" !
Sounds idyllic Scot. Might be somewhere to think of as we progress in our long term plans. Will definitely PM when we get to that point.
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Old Apr 1st 2015, 7:05 pm   #7
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Golly, 5 years already Scot47, I remember your return! I envy you your island! Think I'd love that state of retirement! Hope you continue to enjoy!
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When weather is like today, life here is grand. There is housing here, but you would be struggling to find a job. Good for pensioners, the self-employed or the independently wealthy !

I just spotted a studio flat with views over the castle - £245 a month !
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That is extraordinary, Scot! Sounds like our kind of prices. Showed the OH your links - he said it looks good to him!
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It certainly is very valuable 'Public Information' scot47. Thank you for sharing.

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Old Apr 20th 2015, 4:45 pm   #11
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Some areas of Scotland - islands and isolated rural areas - have problems with population loss. Bute is one of these. As a result our Housing Associations here have too many houses ! Over on the mainland there are places where there is a 15-year wait for "social housing". Not here !
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Some areas of Scotland - islands and isolated rural areas - have problems with population loss. Bute is one of these. As a result our Housing Associations here have too many houses ! Over on the mainland there are places where there is a 15-year wait for "social housing". Not here !
I'm sure the island is great at this time of the year and you can't put a price on fresh air.
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I get a steady trickle of inquiries from people thinking of returning to the UK and looking for affordable housing. Some have come and then realised that living on an island - especially in winter - can be a challenge !
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Bute is gorgeous...many memories of Rothesay as a sprog.
Good info on getting by without a car.

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Car-free ! Think positive. It is not about "getting by" without a car !!. It is about enjoying life without one of those ghastly Fordian devices with an internal combustion engine. Trains for me. Alas the island tramway closed in 1937 !

When I win the Euromillions I shall re-open it.
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