At West Moss-side Farm we’ve farmed organically and with wildlife and habitat conservation principles since 1998.
West Moss-side Farm has evolved over the years from a small organic farm growing hay and rearing Shetland cattle into a place which invites you to come and stay with us and enjoy our surroundings.
Our three 18ft diameter Kyrgyz yurts are each set on platforms with a generous decking, and are a fusion of traditional yurt design and construction from Kyrgyzstan with the local craftsmanship of Red Kite Yurts.
West Moss-side offers a special environment where you can experience solitude and tranquillity – the farm will be yours to explore. There’s a small herd of rare breed Shetland cattle which are the conservation grazers on Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve, which part of the farm ground is on. Organic Shetland beef from the farm 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 the wildlife – and there are some special visitors 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 – thousands of Pink Footed Geese are all regulars! The geese arrive and leave the same week as the Swallows – that’s early October and mid-April.
There is so much to do on the doorstep all within half an hour of West Moss-side, whatever your preferences are and whatever the weather. Castles, distilleries, lochs and mountains are all within easy reach of the farm.
Having lived at West Moss-side for more than 30 years, the farm’s owner Kate Sankey is very knowledgeable about the local surroundings. Amongst many other things, Kate is also a basket maker and weaver of natural materials – mostly collected from the farm or from the Nature Reserve. As a result, you’ll find willow hedges, domes, sculptures and even a willow labyrinth all literally on your doorstep.
With a wide variety of creative workshops held in the farm’s Hayloft Gallery space, West Moss-side has attracted many of the best local artists – and each year we participate in Forth Valley Art Beat.
The farm story would also not be complete without also introducing you to Faith the rescue collie dog. Faith is not a working dog but likes to think she is useful around the farm and in the garden, though her main duties are mainly limited to stick and ball retrieval.