Scottish islands among the happiest places to live in the UK

Scottish Island Inforgraphic

Infographic by: Laura McCulloch

Despite suffering severe weather and being cut off from the mainland, Scottish islands have been reported as the happiest places to live in the UK, according to new data released by the Office for National Statistics.

The annual ‘personal well-being in the UK’ report asks people to rank their happiness, anxiety and life satisfaction of where they live.

The highest rated areas included the Western Isles, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands. These locations all reported consistently high ratings of personal well-being since March 2012.

Shetland recorded particularly high levels of happiness over the past seven years.

Twenty Year old, Jacob Eunson explains why Shetland will always be his home:

“The scenery here is fantastic and the people are extremely nice. Unless something was to drastically change, Shetland will always be my home,” said Jacob.

He explained that safety and community were key reasons as to why he finds contentment on this remote island.

“It’s such a safe place, I never have to worry about where I’m going. We don’t experience knife crime or issues that are faced in the cities, so it’s nice not having to watch my back.”

“Shetland also has a strong connection between the younger and older generations. Since it’s an Isle we all depend on each other. Young people get involved to help keep the community and economy going,” added Jacob.


Views of Shetland

518 miles South West from Shetland sits the untouched corner of the inner Hebrides. The Isle of Jura is where Amy Dunnachie grew up, before moving to the mainland to study silversmithing at Glasgow School of Art. After graduating, Amy said goodbye to her life in the city and returned to the coastline she calls home.

“I always knew I wanted to come back to Jura at some point. The community spirit here is phenomenal. People are very passionate and proud to be living here and I for one am proud to say it is where I belong”.

isle of jura

The Isle of Jura is a close community

Currently working as a community development and youth development officer, Amy works between the Isle of Isla and Isle of Jura. Her work has allowed her to appreciate the importance of community on an island where only 200 permanent residents live.

8.2% of Jura’s population is made up of 16 – 29 year olds. According to Amy the peaceful, friendly atmosphere is preventing the younger generation from moving elsewhere.

“One of the best things about living on an island with a small community is that you are friends with everyone no matter what their age; I have friends aged from 16 – 94. A lot of people here have a great sense of humour and our thriving social calendar helps connect everyone on the Island.”

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