Island Adventure on the magical Isle of Lismore, Scotland

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  • Description

    Description

    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 nearly 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 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 2020 and new varities 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; we have a compost toilet that is passed by SEPA and our water comes from a borehole all tested and tasting delicious. We have a big family who are around at various times.

    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 spectacular Loch Linhe and 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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Help

    Help

    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 !

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    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

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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 are vegetarians 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,

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    yes and we have a hookup

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    within reason

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours 5 days a week

the eco bunkhouse in progress started April 2015
the byre (left side building)now has a roof with solar pv the main house has a new roof red tin and blue slate tin) and the first layer of concrete on floor ready for underfloor heating to be installed fed by an air source heat pump
putting a new roof on!

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