Help us give a top class homestead, hostel, eco huts & camping welcome in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland UK

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    UPDATE March 2018

    Invitation to join us from JUNE onwards

    Towards the end of May we would welcome help with this tiny hostel, three eco huts and small camping ground. As well as being busy with hospitality giving to folk from all around the globe we need to fix things that break or wear out, maintain the flower and vegetable beds and care for our small flock of sheep, the hens and a pond full of waterfowl.

    If you like the idea of joining us for two or three months, having a small classic touring caravan all to yourself and offering 25 hours a week with two free days, in exchange for the accommodation plus a food allowance we would be really pleased to hear from you. Couples could occupy the larger of the two caravans; bijou but perfectly possible.

    We are Valery and David with a 3 hectare ( 6 acre) organically evolved homestead in the CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK of Northern Scotland. Here, since 1974, we welcome visitors to a mountain hut style 8 bed hostel, and a 4 pitch summer lightweight camping ground. For guest couples arriving they may stay at our 3 bespoke and rustic huts. Here too are Soay sheep with lambs, a pond full of waterfowl, a scatter of hens, flower and vegetable garden with salad growing polytunnel, plus Django the attentive spaniel.

    Rachel from Hawkes Bay, NZ is our manager and she organises most things here. In the last 16 years we have hosted over one hundred international Volunteer Helpers who help us greatly in everything we do.
    Most Volunteer Helpers find their way to us completely independently. We are though more than happy to hear from Workawayers interested in joining in.

    While we have a full staff team here together with regular help from locals in the village we just love sharing experiences with you international Volunteer Helper folk particularly when we can learn something from you too. Have a look at our website, particularly its 'volunteering page' and if you have at least some relevant skills that would help us and can see yourself as a part of our busy and purposeful team then please do get in touch. When you have told us about yourself and what you are looking for in your time away, let us have details of three referees who you can ask to support your interest in us, we can skype together and talk things over to see whether we might suit one another.

    For November, 2018 we would welcome a single or couple able to join us for between 3 and 4 months and able to give us 25 hours a week over 5 days. You would have your own new build, winterised quirky hut with covered garden as accommodation, a generous contribution to your food costs, impromptu hospitality and a welcome at our house. Free bread, a share of the hens' eggs, free, wifi, laundry, bike loan are also on offer together with a host of different experiences many of which may be new to you. Depending on our Team arrangements at the time there may be an opportunity for you to take on 10 paid hours beyond your volunteering contribution.

    "Small is Beautiful". While giving everything we can to our guests we also have a lot of fun. Do come.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

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

  • Help


    Homestead living and welcoming and looking after guests. Helping with woodstocks for fires and hot tub, laundry help, hut preparation for guests, help with sheep, hens & ducks, general maintenance, garden help etc.

    An experienced gardener/s would be really welcome March to November each year

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Summer Helpers staying for one or two months live in a classic Castleton touring caravan. Winter/Summer Helpers staying for three to four months live in the new rustic eco Helper Hut - woodstove, gas cooking, double cabin bunk, composting toilet & indoor shower.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The northern Cairngorms area has many attractions:- mountain walks, climbs, rivers to paddle, bike trails, snowboarding, skiing, ski mountaineering and cross country, chilling out territory galore, traditional music, pubs and 90 minutes by bus from Inverness. Rail station to Edinburgh, Glasgow, London - 20 minutes. Plenty of events in summer & winter months and really interesting guests who choose this elemental way to spend their precious holiday time.

  • 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?


  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    All volunteering with us is a two way exercise. You help us and we hope to help you in developing your skills, understanding our culture and perhaps, who knows, even in personal growth. You are welcome to join in alongside our Team, neighbouring volunteers, our village and the Cairngorms National Park.

    We both guide you and maybe learn from you and encourage you to explore and participate wherever possible in the rich Scottish scene surrounding us. Explore by a bike we can lend you, on foot, by bus, on the steam railway, visit Highland Games, Motor Mania, drama, talks, music, festivals.

    Each time of the year has something going on. If you bring a musical instrument or can play our guitar or piano you will have an instant fan club. When we had clarsach and bag pipes being played here alongside our Bluthner piano we had a festival of our own. Superb

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

from the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

here we are in a clearing on the edge of the Caledonian pine forest but one mile from the village centre
young goldeneye on the pond
guests morning view to the Cairngorms from the Woodman's Hut
a summer time tai chi session by volunteer helpers intrigues our hostellers
Volunteer Helpers' quirky hut and classic caravan hospitality to the rest of the team
this quirky and rustic hut makes for a warm, comfortable and spacious home for longer term volunteer helpers
the hostel's 'sitooterie' ( folk sit out under it!) hosts family & group gatherings with BBQ or just a beer & a blether.
the campers' shelter all cleaned up for today's arrivals

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