Crofting experience on the wild and beautiful Isle of North Uist, Scotland, UK

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  • Description

    Description

    We have a 35 acre Croft or small holding here on the wild and beautiful Isle of North Uist, off the north west coast of Scotland in the Outer Hebrides. Our land runs from the shoreline up to an inland Loch and the hills. In the hills there are standing stones, stone circles and the traces of past generations.

    We have a herd of 14 non-ridden horses, ponies and donkeys and 20 sheep, and hens and ducks. Eagles, hen harriers, owls and otters are regular sights. We are busy planting trees, growing potatoes and will be taking in guests for retreats and short breaks.

    We are on the Hebridean Cycle route and within walking distance of a pub and cafe.

    There is endless work to do; fencing, ditching, horse care, animal shelters, vegetable plots, tree planting and developing the Croft as a happy, living space to be shared with visitors.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The Isle of North Uist is a beautiful, working island with a large proportion of Gaelic speakers and a very strong cultural tradition. It is a wild, remote place shaped by the seas and the weather, with impossibly big skies that are constantly changing. We are Gaelic learners and our crofting neighbours are Gaelic speakers so lots of opportunities to develop language skills!

    Managing and developing the Croft well is essential to maintain the land as a writing and living place. We are trying to improve the land through careful the planting, drainage and grazing. The environment here is pretty unique and a delicate balance in quite a challenging climate. The wind is frequently around 50mph and often with storms taking that over 70 or 80mph.

    The island has a strong artistic community with the university art campus and lots of artist’s and photographers drawn by the incredible light and beauty of the land and sea and sky. There are lots of opportunities for photography and art and we make the most of those ourselves.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help

    Help

    With lots of horses and sheep there is always lots of help required to feed, groom, care and keep their shelters safe and clean. They are a lovely bunch who are used to being close to people and love low pressure low energy interaction.

    We are trying to grow more produce so lots of help needed to develop vegetable plots. We are planting trees on the Croft to improve the land and provide shelter. Help with this would be wonderful!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We offer a mobile home and a caravan as accommodation and in the summer we can provide a canvas bell tent if preferred! We will provide a cooked main meal in the evening and will provide a stove and kitchen space. There is a cafe and a pub in walking distance.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The island is connected to four other islands via causeways with the an airport, swimming pool and small village on Benbecula. The islands offer beautiful scenery and a unique environment. It is the kind of place that enters your soul and stays with you! There is limited public transport and we have an electric bike that can be used to get around if wanted.

    The larger islands of Harris and Lewis are a short ferry ride to the north. The Isle of Skye and the Scottish mainland is a longer ferry ride to the east. Both make great choices for short breaks and are very spectacular places to visit!

  • 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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week



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