Living life constantly connected has its perks. A few taps on a screen can beam a film to your TV, hail a taxi at the end of a long night, and even deliver a warm meal to your door.

But being plugged in permanently also means being on-call 24 hours a day, 364 days a year (with Christmas day being about the only time now it is acceptable not to reply to an email).

The very concept of a work/life balance begins to feel laughable at times. But going off-grid to, say, a Scottish island, can be just the tonic to temper email exhaustion.

Here, we pick three essential items for a long weekend in the Highlands.