We live on the The isle of Mull, Scotland. We are a family of 4, Tom with partner Sarah and Children Charlotte who is 17 years old and Henry 15 years old. The day to day running is done by myself, Tom with family helping when needed. Sarah my partner works away as an equine podiatrist for half the week.
We are running a highland estate for our employer, the estate consists of hill and low ground. There are 750 sheep and 15 highland cows. Rough idea of yearly events
January/February: Calving (only 6 calving)
April: park sheep lambing
May: hill sheep lambing
June: shearing park sheep
July: gathering Ben More and shearing ewes, marking lambs.
August: weaning lambs
Obviously there is always estate maintenance, fencing, topping, strimming and other chores. Sheep and Cattle come in for their routine dosing and foot care through the year.
We have 9 dogs consisting of working collies, a kelpie, a pointer and elderly munsterlander. Also have 3 horses, a fell pony, an appaloosa and a cob x, there is some horse related work and a chance of riding if wanted.
Help in the house
You will learn about life on the west coast and the farming system. We are an English speaking family.
There will be a huge array of jobs depending on the time of year, all jobs relating to the estate.
General farm maintenance
Treating sheep and cattle
Walking farm dogs
Scotland can be very wet, windy and wild! So this must be expected and tolerated.
We provide a 2 bedroom static caravan with full facilities. You will be self sufficient with your own kitchen facilities, all food provided for you to cook your own meals.
There is a bus service which passes the end of our road, enabling you to go over to the mainland or visit iona and north of the island.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week