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Looking for a farmstay in Scotland

 
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Anyone have a connection in Scotland they could share with me? I'm heading to Findhorn in March and hope to stay on a sheep farm while I'm there. Gracias!
 
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Hi Irene, have you checked out HelpX, WorkAway or WWOOFing? I found quite a few opportunities in Scotland on those sites last time I checked 1-2 years ago. I do have an uncle on Skye who farms a small number of sheep on a croft - his main income is from contract fencing and shearing though. He provides work for one of my cousins and often hires in a couple of shearers during the season. Dunno if he'd want additional help.
 
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Thank you Sam, I have thought of Woofing, and I'll look at the other two. I'm mostly looking to visit for just a couple days so I will be offering money to sleep somewhere and not "working" so much as observing if possible. I want to learn about sheep, a little at a time, before getting any. I will follow up on your leads, thank you so much.
 
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In that case, a better approach might be to ask around on some of the UK smallholding forums such as downsizer.net or accidentalsmallholder.net. They tend to be a friendly bunch and they might have a better knowledge of the kind of place you're looking for! Some might even be willing to show you round their places. Permaculture Associations, UK/Scottish websites and Facebook groups could be an option too.

Best of luck with it!
 
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Hi Irene, we aren't far from Findhorn (about 50mins drive) but we won't be lambing until mid April. Most smaller farmers up here lamb late because of the bad weather. We only have a very small flock of 11 at the moment but you'd be welcome. PM me if you'd like to know more.
 
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If you're already heading to Findhorn, the foundation also has an incredible homestead location on the Isle of Erraid that is, among things, a sheep farm. It is a hauntingly beautiful private island in the Hebrides and very close to Iona (which is worth visiting as well). Very different from the ecovillage in Forres. Years ago they did work/trade. I am not sure what the offer is now though probably worth checking out
http://www.erraid.com/
 
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