Come and help us on our farm with general maintenance and animal care in Edinburgh, Scotland


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  • Description


    Thanks for showing interest in our workaway profile. We are a family of 6; myself and my wife Helen, 2 sons and 2 daughters ages 19 - 27. We have a small, family run farm on the outskirts of Edinburgh. We have a passion for pigs and have a small herd of outdoor reared rare breed pigs, as well as a few free range hens.
    We are looking to accommodate workaways to help out around the family home as well as some general work in the garden. This could include cleaning, cooking (we like to learn about different styles of cooking from around the world and also like to share our own specialties), mowing grass, cutting hedges and general garden duties; lots of different jobs that will change depending on the season and what is needed to be done.
    We are a very relaxed and welcoming family and would really appreciate the help of workawayers and like to get to know people from all over the world. A good level of English is preferred.
    This job is more suitable for couples as our accommodation is more comfortable for this, however solo workaway's will also be considered.
    We have successfully used workaway for over 2 years and have made some really good relations with people from all over the world and with whom we continue to maintain contact.
    I hope our profile interests you and we look forward to hearing from you!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are not far from the centre of Edinburgh so during time off it is quick and easy to get to the capital. A bus from the closest village; Balerno, takes 40 minutes to reach the centre of Edinburgh.
    We are a very close and welcoming family and look forward to showing you how we live; you will also learn about Scottish food, culture and wildlife.
    We live in a beautiful setting, very close to the Pentland hills and reservoirs but also a short bus journey from the bustling city!

  • Help


    Help around the house; cooking and cleaning.
    Help around the garden; cutting hedges, strimming, mowing grass, general garden maintenance.
    Occasionally helping feed/move a small herd of rare breed pigs.
    Collect eggs from a small chicken coup.
    Occasionally feed 2 donkeys.
    A moderate level of strength, fitness and endurance is preferred - the weather sometimes isn't that great in Scotland and some jobs will be outside!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Live in the house with our family but have own area of the house to relax; private accommodation within the house includes double bedroom, kitchen, shower room, toilet, and living room.
    Workawayers will be provided with food - an evening meal is usually taken in the main family kitchen but a personal kitchen is available if workawayers prefer to cook their own food; do not feel you need to spend every evening meal with the family. Breakfast and lunch is eaten in the main house with Helen and Jamie.
    A budget will be given if the workawayer prefers to cook their own meal/ eat separately and have more independence.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Bicycles are provided for use around the farm and as a way of transport to the local village (Balerno - 2 miles). There is a direct bus to Edinburgh from Balerno 44 (40 minutes to the centre of Edinburgh - £1.70 single ticket). We are located at the foot of the beautiful Pentland hills, near a number of scenic reservoirs with lots of well sign posted walking routes with views of Edinburgh.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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