Residents of Unst’s Haroldswick in the Shetland Isles could benefit from a parcel box outside their house that keeps their packages safe if they are not in to receive them so deliveries do not have to be made more than once, as it has been revealed as the remotest area of the UK to send post to.
According to the Royal Mail, the Haroldswick area only receives its letters, cards, bills and packages via boat from mainland Scotland. This is because it is one of the most northerly points of Britain, situated 212 miles from John O’Groats on the remote Shetland Isles.
Postwoman Michelle McCulloch, who serves the route, receives the postal load after it has already travelled 57 miles on two different ferries. She then journeys 30 miles herself, ensuring everyone on the isolated island receives their goods.
However, she is definitely used to the trip by now, having served the area for more than 15 years.
She does not seem to be bothered about the challenging location, saying: “I feel very lucky to serve such a beautiful and interesting route, and it’s fantastic to be such a central part of the community as part of my job.”
However, being so remote must be difficult for residents, particularly if they buy things off the internet that are not delivered by Royal Mail.
Indeed, according to Invespcro.com, UK online retail sales was predicted to account for a significant 18 per cent of all retail purchases last year, which is an increase from 2017 when it was 16.9 per cent.