We invite you to join us in homestead & hospitality living in Nethy Bridge, Scotland UK


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    UP FOR A CHALLENGE? We have one last opportunity for 2019 for a Volunteer Helper to succeed the innovative Thomas from the Netherlands who leaves us on 15th September. Sorry we have to be very focused on just what we need at this special time; a really hands on, multi skilled, uncomplicated, excellent speaker of English and happy to work both in a team or solo from mid September until the end of October. Come, live in your very own classic caravan, and join the dynamic Ben, the long term and loyal Lucka & Kinga, dependable local Highlander, Andy and breath of fresh air, Lindsey, volunteer helper from Winnipeg as well as our 'originals', David & Valery who, after 45 years here are making way for a new team.

    8 bed hut:hostel, 3 two person bespoke eco huts + 4 pitch lightweight summer camping ground - ducks, sheep, hens, deer, red squirrels & more.
    Nethy Bridge in the Cairngorms National Park of Scotland

    This 6 acre homestead looks from Abernethy's Old Caledonian pine forest to the Cairngorms mountains. We sit in the relatively midge free eastern Highlands. As well as being busy with giving warm and authentic hospitality to folk from all around the globe we need to fix things that break or wear out, manage the laundry, wood fired hot tub and sauna. We maintain woodland and woodstocks, the flower and vegetable beds and care for a variety of livestock as well as for our talented and committed Team.

    You will be a team player, vigorous, bursting to contribute, reliable and uncomplicated, Any other specialist skills you may have and which chime with what we do and how we do it we will embrace warmly. Have a good idea of how you would use your free time - outdoor and indoor recreations.

    Have a look at our website, particularly its 'Join the Team' page and if you have at least some relevant skills that would help us and you 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, the dates you are available and what you are looking for during your time away, we can skype/WhatsApp together and talk things over to see whether we might suit one another.

    " Been Active? Come home to slow living " "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
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Workawaying with us is a two way exercise. You, alongside our local Team, help us by bringing real skills and experience.
    We induct and guide all Team members and, especially from those who will be with us short stay we like to learn from you too. We encouraging exploration and participation wherever possible in the rich Scottish outdoor and cultural scene surrounding us. You may 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

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

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    We love to host interesting mature helpers who are 'naturals' for our rustic, small scale hospitality homestead. The more skills the better but, most important of all is your infectious 'Can Do' great company personality. Could you, in addition to your property and grounds maintenance work;-

    help move wood logs from the forest to our eco huts?
    help look after flower and vegetable garden, woodland and grounds?
    help with sheep, hens and ducks?
    help mend things?
    help clean the wood fired hot tub?
    help prepare hostel & huts with housekeeping to a really high standard?
    be a great host to visitors from world wide?
    be cheerful in rain, snow and glorious sunshine?
    look after yourself?
    be a total non smoking team player while at the same time be self sufficient and personally resilient?

    If yes to many of these then please be in touch

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Bespoke classic touring caravan, mains electricity and gas cooking.

  • 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.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    20 plus hours a week. 2 clear days off

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

Host ref number: 976313492393