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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 95
Persons: 1 - 3
Category: Other
Host ID: 58464
Country: Scotland

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Last Updated: May 22, 2017

Help very much needed with tree planting and tree care from now to end May.

We are a small alternative hill farm and woodland. We need help with building work, planting trees, soil improvement, woodworking, processing and delivering firewood and establishing zones for growing fruit/nuts/vegetables. Other interests include dry stone walling and permaculture. Accommodation is in a caravan with gas cooker and woodstove for colder evenings. Helpers usually eat meals with us, including home baking adventures (see photo 2) and culinary explorations from our guests' own repertoires. We are off grid with composting toilet. We are 20 minutes drive from the nearest shops and can collect you from station or bus stop. In the evening our location feels peaceful and remote (see photos 1 and 3) but there is regular traffic on the road during the day so hitching is an option. We also have pedal cycles you can borrow. Mobile phone networks and internet access usually possible. Wildlife on site you may see - black grouse, red kites, harriers, otters and pine martens. In the darker months, sightings of the Northern lights are a possibility. Nearby attractions include the beautiful beaches at Dornoch and Embo. We also like to take our visitors on day trips to our favourite places in the far North and West coast (Kyle of Lochalsh, Handa, Durness, Eilann Donan - see photo 4) which are sometimes difficult to access by public transport and gives us a chance to take a couple of days off too. We have also developed a tradition of a good send off party or night out at the end of a visit (photo 6). The best times to visit the Scottish Highlands for good weather are late April-mid June and Sept/Oct. October is also a good time to see the stunning autumn colours at Glen Affric (photo 5).

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