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Let's practise in the Western Isles

Where? The Western Isles (Outer Hebrides) form a 130-mile arc running from north to south off the north-western coast of Scotland.

How do you get there? The islands can be reached by air from Glasgow and Inverness, and by ferry from Ullapool, Oban, Mallaig and Skye

What else? Inhabitants are mostly both Gaelic and English speaking. Most facilities, including transport links, are closed on Sundays due to deeply-held religious beliefs there.

Work? There are 32 GPs in 15 practices across the isles.

Homes? Offers over £180,000 for a substantially renovated and modernised, three- or four-bed cottage on an idyllic spot on the east coast of Harris. Tenancy of a 52-acre croft, bounding four fresh-water lochs and with planning permission for a further two cottages, is also on offer.

Schools? There are good primary and secondary schools across the islands.

Leisure? The Outer Hebrides offer huge opportunities for adventure: kayaking, canoeing, sailing, surfing, kiting, climbing, wildlife, hill walking and more. If you're feeling extravagant you could charter your own cruise ship round the islands.

From the local press:

The Stornoway Gazette reported human remains, which could be nearly 2,000 years old, were unearthed on Barra in recent storm-force winds.

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