A second pair of hands wanted for odd jobs about the house & garden, in the kitchen etc! Near Oban, Western Scotland


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    For me home is at the Isle of Luing on the West coast of Scotland, a 3 minute ferry trip and a15 mile bus ride to Oban, the nearest town. I work at home as a designer of wooden sailboats.

    The house is set in a hectare on the water's edge in a quiet location, a NO MEAT, NO SMOKING NO ALCOHOL house. The island has 150 other inhabitants, mostly 2 miles away or more, so life is very quiet. The island has a tiny store.

    You will have plenty of spare time. There is scope on the island for exploring, walking or using our bikes.... even the occasional sailing trip if the sun shines, the wind blows and the tide is right.

    I occasionally travel to the USA where I support a voluntary boatbuilding project. Back at home on the Isle of Luing the house always needs maintenance and I have several projects underway. Gardening involves work with a mower, strimmer (bush whacker!) and rake, not tending flowers and vegetables! Its always been a pleasure for me when a workawayer has taken over the kitchen!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I have travelled extensively, and enjoy sharing my place here with other travellers, discussing your future plans and hearing about your adventures. I'm happy and patient helping you with your English (although I live in Scotland I do speak BBC English). A long time ago I studied Law & Economics and became an Accountant, but retired aged 27 to enjoy every creative day since as a yacht designer/boatbuilder!

  • Help


    This year, 2021, to do:

    Help is always needed... construction projects, housework/maintenance, sharing the cooking and gardening. Grass cutting from May.

    Building a wooden boathouse.... will it happen this year?

    Some help with video editing, especially if you have some software & knowledge!

    Projects are more fun with someone else about, and a second pair of hands is always useful. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings... wildlife, stunning scenery!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Comfortable private bedroom & bathroom. (Much of the house is a spacious open plan, your bedroom has a partial sea view).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Pastimes I like to share with visitors: Walking, Cycling, Sailing and making Music (I play guitar , especially if you can sing..... and have various 'spare' guitars). The Island is just 10km long, and transport on the mainland is limited. We are 25km from the nearest town, 4 hours from Glasgow by bus or train. I sometimes drive south for the weekend or longer, to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Selkirk or the Lake District in England so can sometimes help with transport from these places. I also make a weekly trip to Oban to collect food.

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    • 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

    A good flat spot 15metres from the sea! Narrow access track may limit big Campervans, so ask.

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    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    2 or 3 hours a day

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