Move to a Remote Irish Island, Pocket $92,000

Anyone who’s ever watched the Irish sitcom Father Ted knows how thrilling life can be on a remote Irish island. But Ireland’s coastal island communities are shrinking, and the government is taking action to reverse the trend. Their “Our Living Islands” plan includes generous-sounding grants of up to 84,000 euros ($92,000) for those willing to adopt an island life.

Remote but beautiful

The policy covers 30 islands spread around Ireland. Most are sparsely populated, with the largest year-round population only numbering 700. In fact, the islands get more tourists than residents, drawing an estimated 3,000 visitors per year.

Bleak but beautiful, the islands typically lack infrastructure and permanent access to the mainland. Without bridges, the best you can hope for is to pick an island connected to the mainland during low tide.

Applications are open from July 1.

A thatched cottage on Inis Mor.

Some properties will need more work than others. A thatched cottage on Inis Mor. Photo: Shutterstock


There’s always a catch

But there’s a catch to the government payout. First, you’ll need to buy a vacant property on one of the islands. Then, to receive the maximum grant, the building has to have been vacant for at least two years, constructed before 1993, and marked as derelict. Finally, you can only use the money to renovate the property.

If remote island life isn’t your cup of tea, the Irish government has a similar program for the mainland. The grants are slightly lower — 70,000 euros/$77,000 vs. 84,000 euros/$92,000. But at least you’ll have access to Ireland’s biggest lingerie section.

Martin Walsh

Martin Walsh is a writer and editor for ExplorersWeb.

Martin has been writing about adventure travel and exploration for over five years.

Martin spent most of the last 15 years backpacking the world on a shoestring budget. Whether it was hitchhiking through Syria, getting strangled in Kyrgyzstan, touring Cambodia’s medical facilities with an exceedingly painful giant venomous centipede bite, chewing khat in Ethiopia, or narrowly avoiding various toilet-related accidents in rural China, so far, Martin has just about survived his decision making.

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