But Ireland is transforming this fantasy into actuality.
The Irish government recently unveiled an initiative called "Our Living Islands," which seeks to revitalize approximately 30 remote Irish islands that are sparsely inhabited. As part of this visionary project, Ireland has announced a groundbreaking opportunity for individuals to receive monetary compensation of up to €84,000 (equivalent to approximately $92,000) for relocating to one of these idyllic island locations.
For example, there’s Arranmore Island, located off the coast of County Donegal along the magnificent Wild Atlantic Way; rugged 150-foot cliffs dominate the skyline. Then there’s Clare Island off the coast of County Mayo, which is known for its sandy beaches and epic hiking. Bere Island is a quiet paradise popular with walkers, cyclists, bird watchers and plant lovers. Inis Mór, one of the Aran Islands, was a location for the 2022 Oscar-nominated film The Banshees of Inisherin.
Sound dreamy? You decide: These are places that are cut off from the rest of the world—no way to reach the mainland by bridges and sometimes even isolated by the ebb and flow of tides. Most are tiny. Clare Island has a population of just 160 people.
The government’s 10-year strategy is to create thriving communities that will flourish for generations, diversify the islands’ economies, make them more appealing to remote workers and create career opportunities for residents. And it is willing to pay people who are daring enough to embrace the extraordinary lifestyle.
Well, if you're up for serene, isolated living and a lot of rain, then this might just be the place for you!