Here we live in Beautiful Dalavich Village on the shore of Loch Awe. Our nearest town is Oban. Here we have a small family business looking after a Cabin/Holiday site. The area is truly beautiful and there are plenty of hiking opportunities. I have included some pictures of the area and also a video with drone footage of Dalavich made by a volunteer! There are also pictures of our dog Hamish, Chris (my right hand man) and myself. We also have one lady Arianna staying who used to be a volunteer with us and decided to stay long term. She also has a dog named Juno and we have two cats. They are all very friendly, even Arianna :-D.
You will be treated with the respect you give here. In Dalavich, the people are very laid back and friendly mostly. It is very rural life but amazing. You will see the real Scotland here. In the house you will share a room possibly with another workaway, but have your own bed. We have a shared kitchen and bathroom here. Mostly we take turns to cook the evening meal, trying to sample food from other countries, just don't put too many herbs for Irene ;-). You help yourself, within reason, to breakfast and lunch in the morning, then we sit down together for the evening meal. Most of the help we need here is general housework, gardening, walking the dogs, and other minor DIY jobs around the house and holiday site. Usually you will be finished work around 1500 after starting at 0930/1000 (depending on when customers check out).
This was my first volunteer experience and it was just wonderful. Irene is an amazing person, friendly, respectful and welcoming. She made me feel at home. Irene's friends are so nice and sociable too. The work isn't hard and walk the dogs is just perfect if you enjoy nature... There are a lot of beautiful paths nearby, you can easily see the falls or the loch. I highly recommend this experience. Thanks for eveything Irene, Georgia and Lauren, I really appreciate the time that I've spend with you. And a special kiss to Iona, one of the most lovely kids I've ever met <3
12 months ago
Irene is an incredible host and she makes you feel at home from the second you arrive. The work isn’t hard nor time consuming, so it gives you plenty of free time to go out on hikes with Malky and Hamish (two lovely dogs). You’re able to travel to Oban by bus and from there you can take the ferrie to any of the islands. This was my first experience as a volunteer, and it was excellent. Everyone in the village is so friendly and are always willing to help out or just have a chat with you. Thank you SO MUCH Irene, Georgia, Lauren and everyone I got to know in Dalavich for an amazing experience!
about 1 year ago
This place is amazing, Irene is a lovely woman that cooks very well and run greats cabins in a awesome village to breath in the nature. Walking with the dogs was the best part of volunteer in Dalavich. The tasks in the cabins were good, I did a lot of gardening (because of coronavirus lockdown) and Irene was helpfull and patient in this moment. I appreciate each day in this place and hope to comeback one day.
over 1 year ago
Foi de quebrar o coração deixar um lugar como este. Nesse país eu estava sempre cercado por pessoas muito educadas. A senhora Irene e Arianna me trataram como membro da família. Me senti em casa. Saí do meu país cansado de minha rotina e com muito problemas resolvidos, lá eu esqueci que um dia tive eles; foram todos lavados nas chuvas escocesas. Há marcas em seu corpo que um dia desaparecerão, mas há marcas que são causadas em sua alma que são tão profundas que sempre serão sentidas. A atmosfera desse lugar marcou minha alma com coisas boas e para sempre serei grato e eu nunca esquecerei.
over 1 year ago