We live and work at the north end of the island of Jura off the west coast of Scotland. We have a working cattle farm and deer stalking estate of 16,000 acres. Jura is an island with only 230 people but 6000 red deer. There is one shop and one pub and a whisky and gin distillery. George Orwell wrote '1984' here and described Jura as an 'unget-at-able' place.
Travellers will get an insight into island life and the challenges it can bring. They will learn a range of skills from vegetable gardening to fencing to looking after animals.
We have a diverse range of work that needs doing around the estate from weeding the polytunnel to cleaning the beach. Depending on the time of year there are paths to maintain, animals to be fed and venison to be processed. No particular skills are needed, just a willingness to get stuck in. We usually take people for two weeks at a time and just in spring and winter as we're busy with holidaymakers or our deer stalking season for the rest of the year although it's worth checking in to see if we have space.
Volunteers live with us as a family - you get your own bedroom and bathroom. As we all eat together we are unable to cater for vegetarians.
We're very remote, 17 miles along a single track road from the village of Craighouse which has the only shop, the Hotel, the Jura distillery and a village hall. Jura is home to red deer, otters, golden eagles and dolphins. A love of the outdoors is a must. We neighbour the island of Islay which is renowned for its whiskies and is reached by a 5 minute ferry journey. A driving licence is preferable as public transport is very limited here.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week