Greetings! We live on the spectacular west coast of Scotland on a small unhurried island, a hidden gem that has escaped the ravages of big tourism, We bought a croft (some 42 acres) and the croft house is under a big renovation. It is currently being upgraded in a traditional fashion so all the stone is being repointed with lime mortar; and we have used tin for the roofs. Pre the new build we have erected stock proof fencing and have now planted 5000 native broad leaved trees growing well as a shelter belt for the production of healthy organic vegetables. We intend to plant 10 000 and you might like to help. We have just planted a load more fruiting trees on 'lazy beds' which was the traditional method of arable farming on the west coast in times gone by. We are in the middle of expanding the area where we grow vegetables and fruit. Our focus is to reuse and tread as lightly as is feasible on the land so we have built raised beds from the wood that has been removed from the croft house; we have a compost toilet that is passed by SEPA and our water comes from a borehole all tested and tasting delicious. We have a big family who are around at various times.
Views and scenery that surround our croft are unsurpassed. We have sight of Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest mountain, and a ring of mountains from Ben Nevis to Ben Cruachan that thrill the gaze. The back of the croft land is met by the spectacular Loch Linhe and Morvern mountains. Views out to the Island of Mull and across the Lynn of Lorn are awesome.If you love nature, wide open space, big skies and elemental weather you will be in seventh heaven here. We are looking for easy going, hard working, fun loving workaways willing to go the extra mile and who aren't afraid of a challenge! It is only fair to pre warn workaways that you will be in unpredictable weather conditions. The weather is classically Hebridean. If you like outdoors and wild surroundings this is for you ..... We are especially interested in people with some building or gardening skills but no experience is also fine with us. We love to discuss thoughts and ideas. Our motto is 'do good things, leave good things behind' We have had fantastic workaways helping us, shared so many experiences and are looking forward to the next chapter.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Mike is 'well heeled' in Scottish and Global history and has a passion for landscape and architecture. We both love Celtic traditional music, the west coast of Scotland and traditional practices. We have both travelled a fair bit and love to listen to travellers tales and share some of our own.
Volunteers will learn about scottish history and geology and flora and fauna on Lismore aswell as the wildlife. They will learn about vege cooking, vegetable growing and garden maintenance, skills such as dry stone wall building, tree planting, fence erecting and traditional Scottish building practices. Looking after some animals and caring for them.
We have a cosy cabin on Loch Creran in 5 acres of woodland with beach/ sea loch access and we have kayaks,bicycles and a wayfarer. We are keen hill walkers and love the West Coast of Scotland as well as the traditional Celtic music.
So the volunteers will be doing a varied range of activities but during this year there is a big focus on eco renovation and lots of gardening.It can be hard work here so be prepared !
English and a little French and German
Cabin on Loch Creran 8 miles from the croft,
Caravan and Camper van
Eco-house on Lismore
Work awayers will benefit from a diverse range of activities on the island gardening, building, fencing and dry stone walling, tree and vegetable planting and weeding. general maintenance and work on fabric of the croft house renovation.
We are vegetarians so we would not be cooking meat just in case this is something you need to know. Work awayers will have access to the kayaks, bicycles, sailing and hill walking as well as social events and activities, meeting lots of different people. opportunities also to learn about recycling, the environment , nature, horticulture tree planting and learning traditional building techniques. Mike runs his own Landscape Architecture business so for the right person interested in a career in Landscape Architecture the discussion is very beneficial.
On days off volunteers can explore the island by foot or bike also possible trips to nearby Glencoe on the mainland, Workaways can visit other islands too, for example Mull or Kerrera and borrow camping equipment from us. Theres lots to see in Oban and it is possible to take a bus to Kilmartin which is super interesting.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours 5 days a week