Island Adventure on the Isle of Lismore, Scotland

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    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 Our focus since May 2015 has been building our eco bunkhouse which was completed in 2016 and we opened in 2017. It has been a busy year meeting lots of new people coming to stay in the bunkhouse from all over the world. We have solar pv on the byre and our newly built bunkhouse is heated by air source , solar thermal and pv producing green electricity and hot water so you might guess we are keen environmentalists. 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 opened a little tea plantation this year too! Our business Baleveolan Croft is well on its way and we are in the middle of expanding the area where we grow vegetables, tea 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. Now that our bunkhouse is open we need help running it in the busier months.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help


    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 the bunk house is now complete so lots of gardening.It can be hard work here so be prepared !

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and a little French and German

  • Accommodation


    Cabin on Loch Creran 8 miles from the croft,
    Caravan and Camper van
    Eco-Bunkhouse on Lismore

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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. Working in Glasgow at flat potentially for a small part of the time if desired. 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 there might be opportunities to work alongside him for the right person interested in a career in Landscape Architecture in 2016. Anyone who has the expertise to build a website for us advertising the bunk house for the 2016 season at the office with Mike in Glasgow or working from the croft is very welcome!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours 5 days a week

My Photo Album

the eco bunkhouse in progress started April 2015
the byre (left side building)now has a roof with solar pv the main house has a new roof red tin and blue slate tin) and the first layer of concrete on floor ready for underfloor heating to be installed fed by an air source heat pump
putting a new roof on!

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