09.12.2022 / 13:55
Strictly's Hamza Yassin isolated himself from loved ones with no phone signal 'Don't call'
Strictly star Hamza Yassin, 32, made a getaway to a remote Scottish village more than a decade ago - and never came back.The Countryfile star even told his mum not to call him anymore, as at the time, there was no mobile phone signal available.The unspoiled countryside stretched out for miles in Kilchoan, on the remote Ardnamurchan peninsula, and he didn't know a single soul - but that didn't stop Hamza from making the location his new home.A single trip there as a university student had him hooked and he resolved to move there, even if it meant living in his car for almost a year.It took him an entire week to persuade his anxious parents that he wanted to relocate, especially when he had to tell them: "Don't call me - I'll call you!"Despite the dramatic isolation, Hamza recalled that he typically only felt lonely around one day per year..When he arrived, he found a local campsite where he could take a shower and ate cheap meals at the local pub."I’m the only black person in probably 150 miles but it didn’t feel like that," he enthused.Most importantly for Hamza, the remote surroundings allowed him to indulge in his passion for wildlife and nature.The keen birdwatcher would spend all day "going up on the hills, going down the rivers, the glens, trying to photograph everything"."Eagles, otters, pine martens, red deer, stags: anything that moved was fair game for me," he told the Guardian.In the early days, one of his goals was to make a "story or image" out of everything he saw.He scarcely had anyone he could share his adventure stories with at first, as it was so difficult to contact the outside world when he first arrived.However, over time he made friends by offering to chop logs for the locals - something which he