Ben Lomond



About this Yurt

The three Trossachs Yurts are a cosy glamp in the stunning setting of West Moss-side Organic Farm and Centre - a haven for arts and creative courses...

Ben Lomond - you would think you a million miles from habitation! The outlook from the decking is uninterrupted countryside, Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve and all the way to Ben Lomond (the mountain). This yurt welcomes well behaved dogs. Ben Lomond is an easy stroll away from the facilities across the bridge and along the board walk.   The colour scheme for Ben Lomond is rich oranges and browns; there is even a dog blanket and dog bowls for 4-legged friends. There are no animals close to the yurt but the West Moss-side herd of Shetland Cattle are grazing the rough ground across the fields and sometimes in June and early July the breeding cows will be brought down to the paddock close to Stuc a' Chroin yurt for calving - a treat to witness a newly born calf take its first suck of milk! and something never to forget.

The three Trossachs yurts are 18' diameter, a fusion of authentic Kyrgyk design and local materials which create a homely, earthy feel. All three have thick rugs and soft furnishings with walls lined with thick felt and decorated with felt wall-hangings some from Kyrgyzstan and some created by Kate. The wood-burning stoves with their ovens add the essential focus and comfort to these traditional Kyrgyk circular dwellings. Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked and mountainous country in central Asia and the yurt has been the dwelling of the nomadic herdsmen for a thousand years and more. You will experience that ancient feeling of safety and shelter from the elements whilst enjoying being close to the natural world and all its beauty.  Stuc a'Chroin, Ben Ledi and Ben Lomond yurts take the names of three of the mountains which provide the back drop to the north and west.  They are all very well separated and seton large deckings;  Ben Ledi and Ben Lomond are across the little bridge to the woodland and these two together can make a great family glamp. 

In each yurt there is a double bed and a double futon, plus a Futon Company sleep-over floor mat which can be added for an extra child. Each yurt can therefore sleep a maximum of four adults or a family of five, and it is luxury for just two!  All bedlinen is provided so you just need to bring your own towels.  The yurt is self catering, off grid! but with mains water from a tap, a camping gas stove, the wood burning oven and a barbeque to give you lots of options for cooking your own meals. All crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils are in the kitchen area of the yurt. Lighting is atmospheric with solar lights and lanterns.   There is a communal and well equipped kitchen with fridge, hot water, an small electric cooker and  kettle etc.  The two wash room facilities are closeby (one which is accessible).


You will be sure to enjoy some of the rich wildlife - depending on the season you will see and hear the thousands of pinkfooted geese - early in the season before they head north to the Arctic to breed or early October when they return for the winter.  In the spring and early summer the bird song is amazing with the plaintive call of the curlew, the piercing piping of the oyster catcher, the drumming of the snipe and the general twittering of all the small hedgerow and farmland birds. Then there are the big ones .. red kites, buzzards, ospreys, the occasional eagle, barn owls, tawny owls and so on and so on.  It is a bird watchers haven. Around the yurt you will see roe deer and maybe red deer on the moss. In October the red deer are rutting which is wonderful to hear. There is also a very rich variety of moths and once a year there is a Moths on the Moss event so you can join in and learn about these fascinating creatures. The West Moss-side land is managed organically for wildlife and conservation and part of the land is Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve so it is no surprise that there is so much wildlife to enjoy.






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From The Owner

"Having established the craft workshops and environmental education centre at West Moss-side it was my dream to be able to offer facilities to provide a total experience of this wonderful place.

Trossachs Yurts is the realisation of this dream; come and visit us soon!"

Kate Sankey
West Moss-Side Centre

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