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isle of skye
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Area (ha): 1
Persons: 1-2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 44502
Country: Scotland

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Last Updated: August 2, 2017

{Update 18/7/17} Sorry, our wee home cannot squeeze any more volunteers in at the moment. However, if you would still like to visit, and have a tent, camping on the croft may be a possibility, but it would be VERY basic.

Hey everyone!

This is Callum. Our wee straw bale bothy is coming on. We have completed the car tyre foundations, thanks to the fantastic work by helpexers Paul and Colin. We are now putting up the floor and wall plates and then the roof structure at the end of the July/early August. When the roof is up we will be getting the straw bales to prepare them for the wall raising at the end of August.


Hello there. My name is Nicola and together with my son Callum, we are building a wee straw bale bothy (small house) on our croft on the beautiful Isle of Skye.

We both strongly believe in Natural Building techniques, low impact and healthy homes. With the help of some wonderful volunteers we are hoping to create a beautiful handcrafted home for Callum to stay when he is not travelling the world helping other people with their own natural build and finding the best spots for a bit of climbing and bouldering.

I live on the croft with an old cat, and super friendly dog, a gaggle of noisy hens and a hive of bees. I’ve had to put on hold any pig rearing or vegetable and fruit growing this year to focus all my energy on the build – that’s been tough as I love growing my own food, but fortunately there is still plenty of wonderful locally grown food from others.

This is a traditional crofting community with a strong history and tradition in Gaelic culture. There is a good local pub within walking distance and, of course, all of the Isle of Skye’s famous sites to explore on your days off. There is usually music, theatre, ceilidh’s and art shows happening somewhere on the island. Or if you fancy a bit of walking or climbing you are welcome to join Callum or I on our trips out.

We are looking for hardworking, creative people, keen to learn about straw bale and natural building techniques and who could help us to create a beautiful handcrafted home.
So if you are willing to get stuck into whatever work we are doing on the build, able to put up with Skye’s summer weather and although not essential, it would be lovely if perhaps you could help with cooking an evening meal once or twice a week, send us a message.

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