Abdullah Khalid, his wife Mahwish and their two sons, left Birmingham for the idyllic island of Shapinsay. It is so remote that their youngest son is the only child in pre-school – and he has two teachers
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A dad has told how his family have given up city life to move to an Orkney island so remote their son is the only child in pre-school with two teachers looking after him.
Abdullah Khalid, his wife Mahwish and their two young sons, left Birmingham for the idyllic island of Shapinsay, with only 320 inhabitants.
Fed up with soaring crime rates and the hustle and bustle of city life, the family wanted a fresh start, reported BirminghamLive.
They paid out £125,000 for a three-bed cottage, along with 42 acres of land and their own private beach.
And, nine months ago, the family made the epic 12-hour road trip from Birmingham to the northernmost tip of Scotland, followed by two ferry rides, to get to their new secluded home.
Abdullah, 22, was born and raised in Yardley and had been working for the family’s car sales business, when he decided to make the monumental move.
Now, he and his wife run a home food delivery service – cooking up dishes such as Orkney seafood curry for islanders.
The couple also have plans to open a luxury camping business.
Abdullah told BirminghamLive: “We moved to Shapinsay for a better life for our children. The island is so safe and peaceful.
“We paid £125,000 for our house – the price of a flat in Birmingham – which came with acres of land.
“Everyone on the island is amazing, and my wife and I have opened a home delivery curry service called Shapinsay Spice.
“Soon we hope to open up a glamping business on the island.
“However, we have two sons and we do worry about them being lonely.
“Our three-year-old, Hashim, is currently in pre-school on the island and he is the only child there. He has two teachers to himself.
“He’d love playmates, and we’d encourage anyone wanting to move out of the city to seriously consider the remote island life. We love it here.”
Shapinsay is the eighth largest Orkney island, has only one primary school and around 100 homes.
Abdullah’s dad, Mohammed, told BirminghamLive: “My son was born and raised in Yardley. But after having his children he wanted a fresh start and to get away from the city.
“We considered various rural places closer to Birmingham but in the end, he chose Shapinsay and absolutely loves it there.
“The only issue is that my grandson is the only child in pre-school. He has two teachers to himself and needs more children to mix with of his own age.
“There is another property available on the island right now, and I’d encourage anyone contemplating a move to a more rural way of life to seriously consider Shapinsay.
“It is picturesque, has zero crime and is safe.
“It was a huge culture shock, going from a big city to such a remote island, and my son had no knowledge of rural life at all.