A mum has upped sticks and moved her life 600 miles from one end of the country to another - because she is allergic to sunlight.
Aine King suffers from an auto-immune condition called Solar Urticaria, which causes her to break out in painful blisters when exposed to daylight.
In a bid to improve her quality of life she and her family have moved from Brighton to Orkeny.
The former drama teacher and her husband Anthony and youngest son, eight-year-old Gerry, decided to move north to allow Ms King to be able to enjoy her life
She said: "I suffer from Solar Urticaria, which means that unless I take a lot of medication I can't be outside - or even near some lights - for more than a few minutes at a time.
"Even on a dull day from March onwards I can't go to the washing line and back without developing painful blisters.
It causes her to break out in painful blisters when exposed to daylight
"The medication helps control the swelling and blisters, but it makes me drowsy and I can't drive or concentrate.
"I love Orkney winters although the summer time is challenging. But being here means I can actually go out for three or four months of the year."
Solar Urticaria is a rare condition in which exposure to ultraviolet or UV radiation, or sometimes even visible light, brings about severe hives.
Setting up a new life, the family have transformed the former home of whisky magnate James Grant into an arts hub with added luxury accommodation.
Ms King said: "We did everything you're not supposed to - we fell in love with it before we viewed it.
"We were both hovering around 50 and we could see where our life was going, so it was time for a change.
"It wasn't a ruin but the roof needed a lot of attention."
"I could no longer travel from home to work, so putting my job within the place I live was my one chance of having a working life. There was no plan B if it went wrong.
"We had an image in our heads that would make guests say 'wow' when they come in and that's now what happens - it's lovely."
The family, including son Fionn, who still lives in Brighton, and Dylan, who studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - finally finished the work last June.
Their new life in the north and the home they moved into is the subject of a Channel 5's My Dream Hotel is on Tuesday, 9pm.