West Moss-side Organic Farm and Centre nr Stirling Scotland

The Yurts

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There are three 18’ diameter Krgyk yurts on platforms with generous decking.  They are a fusion of the traditional yurt design and construction from Krgykstan with local yurt builder Red Kite Yurts from Callander.   A boardwalk leads to the first yurt, Stuc a'Chroin.  The board walk is constructed from recycled scaffolding planks which came with partly non-slip red paint!  Stuc a'Chroin is in the orchard paddock (the yurt that is, not the mountain!) which is close to the West Moss-side Centre and the fully accessible facilities.   From the decking of the yurts there are panoramic big-sky views to the west across Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve to Ben Lomond and the Arrochar Alps and north to the mountains of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park - Ben Ledi, Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’ Chroin.

     

The two Trossachs yurts in the woodland beyond are reached by a path, by a growing willow fedge  and across a bridge. More board walk and decking will keep you dry and give you plenty of space to sit - there is a picnic table as well as a barbeque. Ben Ledi yurt is across the wee bridge and Ben Lomond yurt is to the west They are together but well separated from each other.

 

    

Inside they are really cosy with wood burning stoves (specially lit for your arrival and including your first basket of logs). The stoves have an oven so you can be as adventurous (or not) as you like. Already one family cooked a leg of lamb. It was put in at 11.30 and left all day. Dinner was at 7.00pm and the meat just fell off the bone - yummy! There is also a gas hob and grill for simple things and cups of tea and coffee (there is a cafetiere), 25 litres of water, and all the kitchen utensils and crockery you need.  See the list of things so you can check out what you need to bring (and don’t need to bring).

West Moss-side offers a special environment where you can experience solitude and tranquility within a stunning landscape. The  farm will be yours to explore – I have a small fold of rare breed Shetland cattle which are the conservation grazers on the edge of Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve. Organic Shetland beef can be sampled – barbequed or even slow roasted in the yurt's wood-burning oven.  While you are here you will share the place with all the wildlife that you will see and hear: the bird list is well over 100 and there are some specials to look out for depending on the season: red kites, ospreys, hen harriers, barn owls, skylarks, cuckoos, yellow hammers, peewits, snipe, curlew and in the autumn and winter 1000s of pink footed geese. The geese arrive and leave the same week as the swallows – that’s early October and mid April.

Special West Moss-side organic and local (no more than 60 miles) food is offered in welcome food hampers which can be pre-ordered to include West Moss-side organic Shetland beef sausages/steak burgers/steaks from the farm, local free range eggs fromThornhill, local bread/rolls from Mhor Bread in Callander, Scottish local wine or sparkly stuff from Cairn o’ Mohr  winery, Carse of Gowrie, and homebaking and home preserves from West Moss-side.  Prices on request –  tell us what you would like and we shall see whether it can be sourced locally.  

Sleeping – there is one double bed, one double futon and one Futon company ‘sleep over’ so they will sleep 5 comfortably.  Lighting is very atmospheric by solar and by lanterns. All sheets,duvets and covers, pillows and pillow cases are provided. Bring your own towels, though available to borrow (£5.00 per person).

    

 We have two brand new and excellent heated shower/ toilets (one accessible) in the newly converted steading very close to the accessible yurt in the orchard paddock, and a couple of minutes for the woodland yurts. Showers are inclusive with hot water part provided by the sun!  A washing machine can be used and there is an honesty box .  There is a fridge and freezer in the yurt kitchen. Parking spaces available in the yard but we hope that you will share cars or perhaps even come by bike!   Please ask about dogs staying. One yurt (Ben Lomond) is pet-friendly. This is a working farm with cattle and sheep in the fields.