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Unusual job offer on Inchcolm Island in the Firth of Forth

While it might not actually be the most unusual job offer around, it is still far from ordinary.

Historic Scotland is reported to be advertising for a Monument Manger for the site – where the successful candidate will live in a two-bedroom house in the middle of the Forth with one other member of staff for eight months of the year. As the island only has what are referred to as ‘limited services’, there is no rent to pay

The Monument Manger can earn up to £20,373 a year, be in charge of a team of four people – and expect to see some 20,000 people visiting the island each year, plus a number of weddings, which are held in the ruins of Inchcolm Abbey. Other then the accommodation, the abbey is the only other building on the island.

Closing date for applications is Friday, February 15, 2013.

You could try Historic Scotland – the official website for proper details:

Post of Monument Manager with Historic Scotland based at Inchcolm Abbey, Firth of Forth

Inchcolm island

Inchcolm island © James Allan via geograph


If you were interested, it looks as if you were not alone:

Hundreds of people have applied to become the manager of uninhabited Inchcolm Island in the middle of the Forth.

A total of 623 people have applied to Historic Scotland to become the monument manager on the small island off the coast of South Queensferry.

Applications have come in from people from as far away as South Africa and America, who all want to live in the two-bedroom cottage for eight months.

They add now that the cottage has a shower, washing machine, and cooking facilities, plus impure  water and electricity. However, drinking water and food has to be brought over from the mainland. A limited internet connection is mentioned, and while a television is provided, they say passing boats can occasionally affect reception.

Via Hundreds apply to Historic Scotland for Inchcolm Island job | News | Edinburgh | STV


February 5, 2013 - Posted by | Civilian | , , , , ,


  1. I found it in seconds… following the link you give. And the very bottom it says, ‘Working for us’, then on the new page ‘Search vacancies’, then on the newer page, under ‘Current vacancies’ I clicked ‘search; and looked for ‘Inchcolm’.

    I hope this helps someone!!! I’d go for it if I wasn’t married!


    Comment by James | February 6, 2013

  2. Thanks for that, I’ve fixed the post. I knew I was doing something wrong, and had tried using their search… and failed miserably.

    Never actually made it down to where that is hidden (their search tool is right at the top), on the very very last line at the foot of their web page.


    Comment by Apollo | February 6, 2013

  3. How can i Apply?


    Comment by Massimo | February 13, 2016

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