Another pair of hands needed at the Isle of Luing, near Oban, Scotland


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    For me home is at the Isle of Luing on the West coast of Scotland, a 3 minute ferry trip and a15 mile bus ride to Oban, the nearest town. I work at home as a designer of wooden sailboats.

    The house is set in a couple of acres on the water's edge in a quiet location, a vegetarian household, no smoking/drinking. The island has 160 other inhabitants, mostly 2 miles away or more, so life is very quiet. The island has a tiny store.

    You will have plenty of spare time. There is scope on the island for exploring, walking or using our bikes.... even the occasional sailing trip if the sun shines, the wind blows and the tide is right.

    I've recently returned from the USA where I continue to support a voluntary boatbuilding project. Back at home on the Isle of Luing the house needs some maintenance and I have several projects underway....

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house

  • Help


    This Summer:
    Plumbing & fitting out (another) bathroom.... I finished one one in 2015. Fitting (another) kitchen.... one already finished, another started....

    Thanks to:

    Workawayer Coline in November/December 16... she helped Wallboarding, insulating & plastering 3 rooms.... now decorated and comfortable! (and she returned Spring 2018 to help a little more with the new bathroom, still not finished!)

    Workawayer iO in May 17 Chopped enough wood for the winter, while Kasha raked hay.

    Workawayers Hanna & Eva in July 2017 they scrubbed the deck and helped in the garden....

    THANK YOU ALL! I'm sure you will return for holidays in the future.

    For 2018:

    Help is always needed... construction projects, housework, sharing the cooking and gardening when the weather allows.

    There is a special opportunity for an aspiring interior designer/architect to get some practical 'hands on' experience as I am currently planning an extension to the house while completing the installation of the second kitchen & bathroom.

    Projects are more fun with someone else about, and a second pair of hands.

    There will be plenty of time for you to enjoy the surroundings... wildlife, stunning scenery!

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I have travelled extensively, and enjoy sharing my place here with other travellers. I'm happy and patient helping you with your English (although I live in Scotland I do speak BBC English). A long time ago I studied Law & Economics and became an Accountant, but retired aged 27 and have enjoyed every creative day since as a yacht designer/boatbuilder!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Comfortable private bedroom with sea view, (Much of the house is a spacious open plan), second bathroom being reconstructed right now.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Pastimes: Walking, Cycling, Sailing and making Music (I have and play several guitars). The Island is just 10km long, and transport on the mainland is limited. We are 25km from the nearest town, 4 hours from Glasgow by bus or train. I sometimes drive south for the weekend or longer, to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Selkirk or the Lake District in England. I also make a weekly trip to Oban to collect food.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    2 or 3 hours a day

Someone I met on an Art Trail in the Scottish Boarders....
I have a few extra bikes...
Helping Maria (from Chile) with English
The weather can sometimes be perfect!
The weather can be wild here in the winter!
Luing and surrounding islands, from the mainland. CLICK to ENLARGE
The house & garden. CLICK to ENLARGE
An Cala, Isle of Luing. CLICK to ENLARGE

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