Hi, my name is Beth, I live at the south end of the beautiful Isle of Arran with spectacular views and fantastic walks.
** now looking for Workaways from March 2022 to October 2022 **
Arran is very accessible from the Scottish mainland, it’s only 50 minutes by train from the city of Glasgow to the ferry port for Arran. I live with my husband Chris and our son James (25).
Chris works from home Monday to Friday and James is studying his university course from home. I let out two holiday cottages and I have to work one or two mornings a week cleaning them for our new guests each week, you won't be required to help with this or be involved with maintenance or gardening of any areas used by our paying guests, the things you'll be helping out with are purely for our own private home and garden.
I love spending time outside in our garden or working on projects in our home. I have a big greenhouse and vegatable garden as well as a flower garden. There is a big pond with ducks, an orchard and other areas we would like to develop into gardens.
Chris and I brought up our large family here, even though our four daughters (18 - 24) and one of our sons (21) have all ‘flown the nest’ they always come back as much as possible to catch up with their family and friends and to enjoy life at the slower pace that Arran offers.
We have dogs and a cat, they love the attention they get from all our visiting Workaways, we also keep ducks and hens who keep us supplied with their lovely eggs. I enjoy many of crafts in my spare time, my favourites being embroidery, beadwork, sewing and crocheting, I also love cooking and baking and I’m more then happy to teach any of these skills. We bake our own bread daily and all of our meals are home cooked using our own vegetables where possible. We all eat meat but we are happy to cater for vegetarians.
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
We try to have two workaways to stay here at the same time if we can. We think it's nicer if our workaways have some company there own age and someone to go exploring with. While you are here you can enjoy many of the endless walks Arran has to offer, miles of coastal pathways, numerous hills and mountains, forested areas, rivers, small lochs and beaches. if you love taking photos Arran has so many beautiful views you will be spoilt for choice. Arran is full of history from the stone-age to modern history like the land clearances. If you love wildlife Arran has many wild flowers and trees, some only native to Arran, and lots of wild birds and animals. We love feeding the wild birds right at our kitchen window and we have a red squirrel who visits us most days. Otters can been seen playing on the nearby beach and just a mile away is a beach full of seals. Chris and I are knowledgeable about most of the local history and wildlife and are happy to answer questions. We live in a very quiet rural location in a very beautiful part of the world, don't expect nightlife! we have wi-fi and we are on the bus route so not too uncivilised.
This is some of the skills we can teach….
Making drinks ~ cider, wine, cordials and ginger beer
Crafts ~ beadwork, crochet and embroidery
Baking ~ bread, cakes, pies and quiches
Other culinary skills ~ making yoghurt, sweets and jams
How to store food from the garden and garden tool care and maintenance
DIY skills ~ woodwork, painting and small household repairs
Gardening ~ planting, soil analysis, composting, seed germination, organic pest control, pollenating, potting up, companion planting.
* Some of these skills are dependent on the time of year
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We live in a large house and have a large garden, we would welcome some help looking after our house and garden. While staying here I can offer you plenty of experience to learn new skills in gardening, growing vegetables, animal care, cooking, DIY and more. I mainly work outside through the spring, summer and autumn unless the weather drives us inside. I always work alongside our Workaways and our past Workaways have enjoyed helping me with lots of fun projects, both big and small. They have enjoyed gaining a variety of different skills while staying here with us and we have formed many long-lasting friendships with them too.
Last year we established a bigger vegetable garden and put up a greenhouse/polytunnel so we can extend our growing season. While staying with us you will not only learn gardening skills but enjoy the benefits of harvesting and eating our produce. We are also in the middle of renovating an old farm cottage on our land, we plan to do all the plumbing, electrics, kitchen fitting and decorating ourselves and we are happy for you to help and learn any of these skills.
We have too many projects to list but the workaways we have had so far have never be bored and there is lots of variety of tasks. We have had many workaways to stay, some who have already returned more then once and we are looking forward to seeing some of them again this year.
This is the type of help our workaways have done....
Maintaining the garden
Planning a new vegetable garden
Helping to rebuild an old stone wall
Assisting with some cottage renovation
Clearing materials from old farm buildings
Painting and decorating
Outdoor painting, walls, sheds and fences
Re-organising sheds and cupboards
Cleaning out the hen and duck house
Feeding ducks and hens
Grooming, bathing and walking the dogs
Clearing overgrown garden
We offer a lovely large bedroom on the top floor of our house with fantastic views. There are two single beds, storage for your belongings and use of a shower room, all bedding and towels are provided. You will be living as part of our family and sharing meals with us and we would expect you to take a turn with washing up and clearing the table as you would in your own home.
Breakfast - 'help yourself' cereal, toast, tea, orange juice etc.
Lunch - homemade soup and/or sandwiches
Evening meal - home cooked dinner, we eat meat ourselves but can cater for vegetarians.
If you are going exploring on your days off you can make yourself a packed lunch and we can always keep your dinner warm for you.
Our home is surrounded by open farm land and beautiful sea views. One of Arran’s most popular sandy beaches is a five minute walk away and in the other direction there is a secluded rocky beach. Spend enough time here and be rewarded with otter and seal sightings. Arran has a maze of forestry tracks to explore easily reached from our home.
The nearest shops are 8k away but our village has a campsite shop and a pub. there is often a craft market or a coffee morning on the weekends in the Village Hall
Arran is steeped in history, places to visit include Brodick Castle, Lochranza Castle and Arran Heritage Museum.
Recreational facilities include golf, cycling, pony trekking, gorge walking, kayaking, sailing, fishing, para-gliding, snorkelling and swimming. If you are keen on walking then Arran has a wealth of varied walks and climbs for all abilities.
There are a variety of places for eating out and plenty of local crafts and gift shops. For natural history lovers there is an abundance of flora and fauna. Arran can offer all year round entertainment with live music, family ceilidhs, drama and village events.
Arran is reached via a ferry from Ardrossan, there is a regular train link from the city of Glasgow which takes about 50 minutes. There are air links at Prestwick International Airport, Glasgow International Airport and Edinburgh Airport.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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