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The best GP job in the world?

You may remember a couple of weeks ago reading about the best job in the world.

By Steve Nowottny

You may remember a couple of weeks ago reading about the best job in the world.

Tourism Queensland advertised for the newly created position of Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. In fact, a special website was set up to recruit candidates. You'd be based on a paradise island. Living rent-free in a three-bedroom villa, complete with pool. Paid £70,000 for just six months. Oh, and all you have to do is a bit of blogging about how great the islands and your life is.

Well, here's the GP equivalent.

Not quite, of course. The villa's out, the climate's very different, and we're not making any guarantees about the pay. But a remote Highland community has also set up its own website to advertise a vacancy. And this time, it's for a resident GP.

The website itself has all the details, so it's best to head straight there. Filled with stunning pictures of Applecross itself, ‘renowned for its scenic beauty, wildlife and outdoor activities', it sounds idyllic. The peninsula overlooks the islands of Raasay, Rona, Skye and the Outer Hebrides, while sea-kayaking, rock-climbing and winter mountaineering are all available locally.

The only major drawback, in fact, seems to be the long periods you'll be required to be on call - although the site promises that this is not ‘unduly onerous' and the local community is ‘friendly, appreciative and supportive'.

So if you're looking for a change of scenery, check it out. And if northwest Scotland sounds a little too, well, cold, then you still have 32 days to apply for Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

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