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Trossachs Yurts are closing – A message from Kate

It seems a long time since I embarked on the Trossachs Yurts adventure. Well, it is – it was 13 years ago!

I had this idea of inviting guests to stay on the farm to find a place for reflection and tranquillity or maybe a place for children to run free or maybe a place for a family reuniting. Living ‘in the round’ close to the natural world, so offering a restorative environment for visitors to enjoy.

The comments in the visitor books are testimony to us fulfilling those dreams for many. It has been a really rewarding time and I have loved meeting you all. The Covid years were challenging of course, but relatively painless – we adapted and were grateful that we could open safe places for our guests to stay and imbibe the natural world beyond the troubles of the time.

The original business plan was for a 10-year period. Yurts were novel then, and the simple nomad life appealed to lots of people. Occupancy levels have been excellent and the yurts have been well maintained and the platforms repaired and upgraded over time, but Scottish weather (even in the summer-time) can be challenging, and the recent Autumn storm flooding has taken out the bridge to the furthermost yurts.

I also fell sick at the beginning of 2023, and it was hard to know what the future would bring. Taking the year off helped me make a full recovery and gaining back pretty well all my energy since then has allowed us to have a rethink. So a decision was made and I have new ideas and dreams to follow.

Watch this space on Facebook and Instagram news and updates on the following:

Basketry – weaving with willow and natural materials;
West Moss-side Arts Collective – workshops and exhibitions;
The Farm and the National Nature Reserve – biodiversity, regenerative agriculture and my Shetland cattle.

West Moss-side also won a prestigious award in the Rare Breed Survival Trust Scotland, Food and Farming Awards – the RBST Sustainable Small Farm Award 2023. We will be building on this and continue marketing our rare breed organically reared Shetland Beef.

– Kate Sankey, December 2023

 

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