West Moss-side Organic Farm and Centre nr Stirling Scotland

Trossachs Yurts are coming for the summer

Easter at West Moss-side

It’s all go here at West Moss-side despite the changeable weather! It is now beginning to be possible to imagine how the Trossachs Yurts will look come the summer. 

So what is the new project plan?



 Trossachs Yurts!

Three stunning 18' diameter yurts with big-sky views across Flanders Moss Nature Reserve to Ben Lomond and the Arrochar Alps to the west and Ben Ledi, Ben Vorlich, Stuc a’Chroin and the Trossachs hills to the north.  Inside - the yurts will be warm and cosy with wood burning stoves with ovens, carpets, rugs and a real double beds and futons to sleep up to 5 in comfort. It will be self-catering ‘glamping’ with a gas stove in each yurt too. Outside - barbeques and a place to chill out with a sketchpad, binoculars, books and all those things that make for a special close-to-nature holiday.   Or maybe you will want to stay in a yurt for a weekend when there is a craft workshop running in the Centre. There are loads of things for the family to do on the doorstep – walking, cycling in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, then there are castles and golf courses ! Soon I will have a website available with all the information and to make your booking for July 2010 onwards! For now please contact me for the lastest information.

Felt card by ? brought back from Ulan Batar by a friend

So what has to be done here to get it all ready for theTrossachs Yurts?

The final part of the steading and sheds are being converted to create a catering kitchen, showers and loos. Solar panels will provide the hot water. I am agonising over the wall and floor finishings at the moment!  Decisions, decisions - getting the best choice for the space whilst treading lightly on the natural environment.  Graham Tristram (StudioTristram) is my architect and mentor and is helping to keep my ‘good’ ideas under control!  

The paddock is a bit of a mud bath as you can imagine but it is beginning to take shape ready for the board walk and platform for the ‘accessible’ yurt in the paddock close to the West Moss-side Centre. The path out the woodland yurts (2) with their platforms requires a bridge over the burn and then there is a dry composting loo needed.

In the paddock six fruit trees have been planted as the start of a new orchard. Over the past few weeks I’ve been having fun planting a beech hedge and a mega growing willow ‘fedge’ with the help of my sister Susanna and Graham.  This weather is actually just the best for planting so I should not complain too much. Meanwhile the pink-footed geese are here in the thousand getting ready for heading north to the Arctic to breed.  They will see some changes when the return in October!   Already I have a wonderful new storage shed for all the ‘stuff’ – just in time for the return of the swallows– the detail at the eaves is providing 5* accommodation – I hope that they appreciate it!  At the moment it has a felt roof but I am researching giving it a green growing roof!

The yurts will be a fusion of the very best of traditional skills and materials from Kygyzstan with Scottish designer and builder Paul Millard of Red Kite Yurts building the walls and crown and putting them together on site. He has already made the lattice walls and crowns and we are waiting for the bent willow rafters to be shipped from Kyrgyzstan from the yurt builder Nurlan from a yurt-building village called Kyssl Tuu.