I've often fantasised about retreating to a far-flung destination - out of reach of phones, people and work emails.
But where is the perfect home for a hermit these days?
I've come across a few lighthouses that tick a lot of the boxes, but you've got to think anything that has a big light on top is bound to invite attention and send the wrong message to passersby. And then there's the electricity bills to consider.
|Scotland's Dunnottar Castle|
Dunnottar Castle on Scotland's north-east coast has firmed as a favourite in my mind since I visited it a few years ago.
Sure it's a medieval fortress in ruins, but I'd prefer to think of it as a long-term home renovation project.
A feature wall here, a pagoda there and I'm sure it would be a slice of paradise. Somewhere to escape it all and watch the mist come rolling in from the North Sea.
|Buying property is all about compromise|
|Some say ruins, I say worst house on best coastline|
As with all property, it's all about location, location, location.
Dunnottar Castle is ideal as it sits on a rocky outcrop with high cliffs. It is only connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of land - something that could easily be defended against invaders or Jehovah's Witnesses.
|Nice high cliffs to deter visitors|
|And a sea view!|
Interestingly, Dunnottar Castle where the Honours of Scotland, the Scottish crown jewels, were hidden from Oliver Cromwell's army in the 1600s. Perhaps there's a chance I might stumble across a jewel or two that someone hid here but later forgot?
|Maybe some left over jewels lying around?|
There's only two downsides to my escape plan that I can see. Firstly, it's currently open to the public. This clearly would need to stop once I move in.
Secondly, it's not as remote as I would like as it's just three kilometres from the village of Stonehaven and not too far south of Aberdeen. Still, I guess I would have to get my groceries from somewhere.
|A view from one of the defences|