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Greetings! We live on the spectacular west coast of Scotland on a small unhurried island, a hidden gem that has escaped the ravages of big tourism, We bought a croft (some 42 acres) and the croft house is now fully renovated -we upgraded it in a traditional fashion so its very pretty! We have erected stock proof fencing and have now planted 17000 native broad leaved trees growing well in copses and as a shelter belt for the production of healthy organic vegetables. We have planted a lot fruiting trees and vegetables on 'lazy beds' which was the traditional method of arable farming on the west coast in times gone by. We are in the middle of expanding the area where we grow vegetables and fruit and we built a polytunnel in 2019 which produced an abundance of vegetables so we are looking forward to 2021 and new varieties of vegetables to try out.. Our focus is to reuse and tread as lightly as is feasible on the land so we have built raised beds from the wood that has been removed from the croft house; our bunkhouse is underfloor heated with airsource renewable energy, triple glazed, scottish larch clad and our water comes from a borehole all tested and tasting delicious. We have a big family who are around at various times. Clar eis an environmental activist and nurse, Mike is a landscape architect and loves working on the land growing tea, fruit oats/lentils and heritage grains.
Views and scenery that surround our croft are unsurpassed. We have sight of Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest mountain, and a ring of mountains from Ben Nevis to Ben Cruachan that thrill the gaze. The back of the croft land is met by the deep and mighty Loch Linnhe and remote Morvern mountains. Views out to the Island of Mull and across the Lynn of Lorn are awesome.If you love nature, wide open space, big skies and elemental weather you will be in seventh heaven here. We are looking for easy going, hard working, fun loving workaways willing to go the extra mile and who aren't afraid of a challenge! It is only fair to pre warn workaways that you will be in unpredictable weather conditions. The weather is classically Hebridean. If you like outdoors and wild surroundings this is for you ..... We are especially interested in people with some building or gardening skills but no experience is also fine with us. We love to discuss thoughts and ideas. Our motto is 'do good things, leave good things behind' We have had fantastic workaways helping us, shared so many experiences and are looking forward to the next chapter.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Mike is 'well heeled' in Scottish and Global history and has a passion for landscape and architecture. We both love Celtic traditional music, the west coast of Scotland and traditional practices. We have both travelled a fair bit and love to listen to travellers tales and share some of our own.
Volunteers will learn about scottish history and geology and flora and fauna on Lismore aswell as the wildlife. They will learn about vegetable cooking, vegetable growing and garden maintenance, skills such as dry stone wall building, tree planting, fence erecting and traditional Scottish building practices. Looking after some animals and caring for them.
We have access to a cosy cabin on Loch Creran in 5 acres of woodland with beach/ sea loch access and we have kayaks,bicycles and a wayfarer. We are keen hill walkers and love the West Coast of Scotland as well as the traditional Celtic music.
So the volunteers will be doing a varied range of activities but during this year there is a big focus on the land and our animals and lots of gardening. Some building. It can be hard work here so be prepared ! we have highland cows and rescued hens and a rescued collie.
Our hostel is available to accommodate our volunteers
Cabin on Loch Creran 8 miles from the croft,
Caravan and Camper van
Eco-house on Lismore
Work awayers will benefit from a diverse range of activities on the island gardening, building, fencing and dry stone walling, tree and vegetable planting and weeding. general maintenance and work on fabric of the croft house.
We eat plants so we would not be cooking meat just in case this is something you need to know. Work awayers will have access to the kayaks, bicycles, sailing and hill walking as well as social events and activities, meeting lots of different people. opportunities also to learn about recycling, the environment , nature, horticulture tree planting and learning traditional building techniques. Mike runs his own Landscape Architecture business so for the right person interested in a career in Landscape Architecture the discussion is very beneficial.
On days off volunteers can explore the island by foot or bike also possible trips to nearby Glencoe on the mainland, Workaways can visit other islands too, for example Mull or Kerrera and borrow camping equipment from us. Theres lots to see in Oban and it is possible to take a bus to Kilmartin which is super interesting.
During the current exceptional circumstances of Covid 19, some activities may be limited but we hope the restrictions will be eased in the very near future,
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
yes and we have a hookup
More than two
5 hours 5 days a week
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