Everyone can use some peace and quiet now and then. A camping trip or a weekend in a cabin in the woods can usually take care of that. Certain people would rather live on the fringes of society. Nothing sounds better to them than a house with no neighbors for miles in the middle of nowhere. For some people, this isn’t just a fantasy, but their actual lives. Check out out some of the most isolated homes from around the world. Isolated places aren’t built just for living in, so we’ll take a look at some other remote places as well.
1. Just Room Enough Island
In the middle of Canada’s Saint Lawrence River near Alexandria Bay, is an island called Just Room Enough Island. This tiny island is one-thirteenth of an acre and has a small vacation home built in the 1950s. When the tide is high, water gently laps against its walls. If it’s low enough at this isolated house, the owners can set up some chairs and enjoy the view without a single neighbor in sight.
2. Elliðaey, Iceland
South of Iceland is the small island of Elliðaey. The only building on the 110-acre island is an isolated house that is unoccupied most of the year. There are plenty of puffins, though! Funnily enough, some believe that Icelandic singer Björk lives on the island. This misconception stems from a 2000 speech by the Icelandic prime minister where he said she could live for free on the island. Sadly, she never made a move.
3.Bishop Rock, Great Britain
Twenty-eight miles from Cornwall is Bishop Rock. This tiny island is in the Guinness Book of Records as the smallest island with a building on Earth. A storm destroyed the original lighthouse in 1847, but builders completed the current lighthouse in 1858. Impressively, this lighthouse is tied with Eddystone Lighthouse for the tallest lighthouse in England.
Also known as the Tiger’s Nest, Paro Taktsang is a Buddhist temple on a cliffside in Bhutan’s Paro Valley. Tenzin Rabgye, Bhutan’s ruler, completed the monastery in 1692. After a fire in 1998, Bhutan’s government finished restoring the site in 2005. The cliff where the structure sits is at 10,240 feet above sea level.
5. The Holy Trinity Monastery
In the hills above Meteora, Greece, are twenty-four Orthodox Christian monasteries, six of which are still functioning. The most iconic is the Holy Trinity Monastery. Constructed in the 14th and 15th centuries, this site sits on cliffs 400 meters in the air. To reach the site, you have to climb 130 steps carved into the cliffs.
6. Katskhi Pillar
Dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries, the 40-meter tall Katshki Pillar in Georgia holds a small Christian church at the top. A lone monk has lived at the top for twenty years. He performs necessary upkeep and, in return, gets to enjoy the fantastic views. One messed up thing is that women are still not allowed to climb the Katskhi Pillar, even today.
7. Village of Gásadalur
Two hundred miles north of Scotland are the Faroe Islands, a tiny archipelago of 50,000 people. On the island of Vágar, a small village called Gásadalur first became accessible by car in 2004. Its remoteness is because mountains surround it. This gives it breathtaking views but makes it extremely difficult to get to. As of 2020, only eleven people live in these extremely isolated homes.