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World’s most remote town that can only be reached by 6-day boat ride

World’s most remote town that can only be reached by 6-day boat ride

A town on an island in the middle of the South Atlantic is one of the most remote in the world and can only be reached by taking a six-day boat ride.

The settlement of Edinburgh of the High Seas is the single populated spot on the island of Tristan da Cunha, a tiny volcanic outcrop 6,000 miles south from London.

Tristan da Cunha is part of the Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha British Overseas Territory, an archipelago stretching for 2,000 miles in the southern Atlantic as a remnant of Britain’s maritime Empire.

Edinburgh of the High Seas is home to just over 300 people and boasts a local council, post office and a small port. The local emergency services consist of one Land Rover police car, one Land Rover ambulance and a Toyota fire service vehicle.

Amenities on the island consist of one local pub, the Albatross Bar, and two churches. The local NHS Camogli Hospital was rebuilt in 2017.

According to the Tristan da Cunha website, Edinburgh of the High Seas is also home the world’s most remote school, St Mary’s, and children’s playground.

Other places of interest include the island’s own power station and scientific research base which monitors weather and nature around the region.

The UK Overseas Territories Association said the people of the island make a living from fishing for crustaceans in the bountiful ocean surrounding their home.

The UK OTA website states: “It is home to around 250 people, who earn their living from fishing for gourmet-quality lobster exported to Australasia, the USA and Europe; farming, handicrafts, conservation work and the sale to collectors of postage stamps and souvenir coins.

“It is possible to visit the island with permission from the Island Council and when berths are available. Cruise ships and yachts are encouraged to call, and stamps, first day covers, books and souvenirs are also available through the site, which is run in partnership with the Tristan da Cunha Association.”

The volanic island is seven miles across and rises sharply from the ocean. It is around 1,750 miles from Cape Town in South Africa and approximately 2,000 miles from South America.

In 1961 the eruption of the volcano, Queen Mary’s Peak, forced the evaction of the entire population before they were able to return in 1963.