Volunteer in a family run Backpackers on a Scottish Island
Heb Hostel is a family run, 4 star Backpackers Hostel in Stornoway, in the heart of the Hebrides(Hebrides, group of islands extending in an arc off the Atlantic coast of Scotland). The hostel is ideally located as a base to explore the island and as a start or end point for the Hebridean Way.
About the work exchange & volunteer program
The hostel is an island location so perfect if you enjoy sightseeing, hiking and outdoor sports. Heb Hostel has a great atmosphere and ideal for practicing your English and meeting new people.
Some of the family are Gaelic speaking and are happy to share stories of island life and the local culture.
What’s in it for You?
- In exchange for 20 hours work per week (mostly cleaning and reception) Heb Hostel is offering free accommodation in a dorm,
- free wifi and laundry
- and access to the free food cupboard (dry food and veg).
About the location
Situated on the outer fringes of Scotland, the chain of islands known as the Outer Hebrides or Western Isles include Lewis, Harris, Berneray, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Eriskay, Barra and Vatersay, each island having its different characteristics. Lewis and Harris are joined and commonly referred to as Long Island. Lewis is the largest of the islands with around 17,000 inhabitants of which around 8,000 live in the main town of Stornoway. Sometimes referred to as ‘Europe’s last Wilderness’ the islands have something to offer everyone.
Sanctuary– Escape the stresses of life to the enjoy peace, tranquillity, breath-taking scenery, unspoiled golden beaches and rocky inlets.
Wildlife – the natural habitat is recognised as being of national and international importance and include areas of specific scientific interest and special protection. Internationally protected peatland, the marine environment and unique machair land (low lying flower covered habitat created by sea, sand, peat and grazing animals) support a wide variety of birds, mammals and plants including some rare species, such as the puffin, golden eagle, plovers, corncrake, basking shark, whale, dolphin and otter.
Adventure – If you are seeking adventure Lewis has lots to offer. Stornoway is the start or finish of the Hebridean Way – a walking route from Lewis to Vatersay. Surf the waves, take a boat trip, cycle on or off road, tackle challenging cliffs and mountain crags, go sea or river fishing, or just go on a voyage of discovery to isolated hills, bays and coves.
Culture and heritage. The Outer Hebrides has a rich and distinctive Celtic culture and strong sense of tradition. Crofting, peat-cutting, fishing and Harris Tweed weaving are a large part of daily life. Gaelic is spoken and traditional music and dance are common at many local venues including An Lanntair, the main Arts Centre which is a stone’s throw away from the hostel. Stornoway is also home to the popular Hebridean Celtic Festival which is held mid-July each year.
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