The Northern Drift 2 (to extremes)

Similarly, the London media-bubble does not instantly assume there is life (except a weekend second-home) far beyond the M25. Consider:

Muckle-Flugga

EVER fancied escaping city living for a quieter pace of life? Look no further than this stunning former lighthouse station in the remote Shetland Islands

For just £85,000 you can stay in one of Muckle Flugga lighthouse station’s four flats, which would make an ideal holiday home. 

The Grade C listed building, located on its namesake small rocky island, just north of Unst, has stunning views of the island.

The full details of that property are on-line here. The deposit required to mortgage a typical London flat buys you Flat 4, Muckle Flugga Shore Station, Burrafirth, Unst, ZE2 9EQ outright.

Note for those prisoners of Westminster: Muckle Flugga is 830 miles, and 26 hours travelling time, from the seat of power (a similar distance between London to Cannes, but twice the travelling time). Even from Edinburgh (whence Shetlanders are no more disposed to be ruled), it’s 410 miles and 19 hours. There are some other differences: sunrise today at Muckle Flugga was 9:02 a.m. GMT: sunset will be 3:21 p.m. — 6 hours and 19 minutes of daylight, a full two hours less than London. In Midsummer, of course, it works the other way round: a full 19 and a half hours of daylight.

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