Looking for helpers for the hostel and croft in Scotland


United Kingdom

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    Our hostel is on the edge of the world. If you like it elemental -then this is the place for you. Situated on our working croft with its flock of black sheep, we are at the north end of Iona and just across the grass to the sea. In the distance are the islands of Staffa, Rum and Skye. It is a stunningly beautiful place.

    We are a small, rural and friendly hostel.

    The hostel takes the environment and energy conservation seriously: we hold a 'Gold' Green Tourism Business Award and have an STB 4 Star rating. We have been voted best eco-hostel in Scotland.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Iona is a small island in the Inner hebrides. It's a dynamic community of about 170 inhabitants. It's well known for being a soulful and reflective place and is historically a site of pilgrimage. You will see how a small island community sustains itself and thrives in the 21st century. you will also meet all sorts of people (guests and locals) and get to know an island renowned for it's natural beauty and cultural landscape. The island is progressive in pursuing 'renewables' and our Hostel helped lead the way by having had a 'Green Business' Gold Star for 15 years. It's a tiny island with a huge heart.

  • 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


    We are currently looking for helpers for the hostel and croft. The help is mainly helping clean the hostel and keeping up on maintenance and gardening around the 60 acre croft. You are asked to help for four hours a day with two days off each week. Accommodation and board are offered in exchange. It's hard work but there is lots of time to relax and enjoy the island. If you have practical skills and enjoy variety, then all the better.

    We love helpers with a happy and outgoing approach to life, who can work hard and enjoy socialising with our guests.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You will either have the staff caravan, bothy or staff-room within the hostel. The caravan and bothy are basic but nice and the staff-room is a double bedroom within the hostel.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Iona is a lovely island to explore. For a small island it can feel surprisingly big and it's easy to find quiet and hidden places . If you want people around then the island has three restaurants, a couple of cafe's and a pub. Mull is just 10 minutes away by ferry. It's wild country and the wildlife is incredible. On a day off you can up Ben More , go to Tobermory for lunch at Cafe Fish or go eagle or whale watching.

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    • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

The beach across the grass from the hostel
Our hostel
Lagandorain and the Hostel
A Christmas present for the sheep.

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Host ref number: 861945765449