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.
Help with Eco project
Helping with Tourists
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.
This host offers accommodation and payment.
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.
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.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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