The Rowans

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The Rowans

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  • DescriptionA neglected Scottish Croft (small farm) undergoing complete renovation and habitat restoration. Current projects include setting up a solar power system, tree planting, dry stone walling, training a horse to work in harness and working towards making areas wheelchair-accessible. Home to a flock of Shetland sheep, a sheepdog and a riding horse (if you are a rider under 90kg and not a beginner, then riding may be possible). Set right on the coast, but unfortunately not with direct sea access. The nearest town is ten miles away with no convenient public transport, so don't expect night life or takeaway deliveries, but there is plenty of walking in the area. It hardly gets dark in mid summer, and hardly gets light in mid winter. You'll never get bored with the weather, you can see sun, rain, hail and a gale all in the same day.

    I am in my 40s and am not native to the area, having moved here from Dorset after I lost my partner to cancer. I live alone with my animals, but the locals are very friendly.

    If you speak German or Japanese, I have learned a little (a very little) of both and would be happy to exchange language practice (my own language is English).

    If you have a current driving license valid in the UK then it should be possible to arrange use of my Land Rover for trips into town or to local attractions, although this may require a contribution to the insurance cost.

    Please note that the house kitchen and accommodation caravan is gluten free. A seperate caravan kitchen (including a small fridge/freezer) is available for foods containing gluten. Please also note that, due to the local terrain and the current disrepair of the property surroundings, this property is currently unsuitable for anyone with major mobility problems (e.g. wheelchair users).

    This is a voluntary position, which means that your accommodation will provided along with an amount for reasonable expenses such as food, but there is no salary and you will not be covered by UK employee rights law. You can find more detail on voluntary positions and your rights in the UK here: https://www.gov.uk/volunteering/pay-and-expenses.
  • LocationUnited Kingdom, Scotland, Highland Council

  • Work
  • Type of work Animal care
    Building
    Gardening
    Help with eco project
    Language practice
  • Hours per day To an extent you can pick your own hours. During lambing it is up to you whether you wish to do early-morning or late-night checks. Other work is usually during daylight and can depend on the weather. Typically 10 hours a week.
  • Work requirements: Depending on the time of year, the current projects and available insurance, work may include lambing and other sheep care, dog walking and feeding, tree planting, garden construction and maintenance (mainly vegetables), painting, horse care, footpath maintenance, operating a digger, dry stone walling, laying concrete, field maintenance, carpentry, habitat restoration or wildlife survey.
    You are responsible for obtaining any paperwork you need to stay in the UK for the diuration of your visit.
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: Send a message to inquire.
  • Duration of stay: Any time
  • Maximum number of helpers: 1
  • Last minute requests: Okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English
  • Has pets? Two dogs, includigng a working sheepdog.
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation: On-site touring caravan.
  • Additional info
  • No additional info provided