For nomads, very simply, there exists the everyday necessity of living in harmony with nature, otherwise they can’t survive – and this situation never changes.
Within all cultures the circle remains the symbol of unity, representing the wholeness of all things and our interconnectedness with nature.
The essence of a low impact, slow holiday: Staying in a Yurt reminds us of what is important, giving us the opportunity to experience few possessions, our relationship with nature and the gift of simplicity. All of which are often lost in modern day life.
There are three 18’ diameter yurts on platforms and decking. One yurt Stuc a'Chroin, is in the new orchard close to the West Moss-side Centre with all facilities, and is fully accessible. A board walk leads to this yurt. From the platform there are panoramic big-sky views to the west across Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve to Ben Lomond and the Arrochar Alps and north to the mountains of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park - Ben Ledi, Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’ Chroin. The two yurts in the woodland beyond are reached by a path by a growing willow fedge and across a bridge. Ben Ledi and Ben Lomond are together but well separated from each other. All have barbeques and a picnic bench on the decking.
Inside they are really cosy - the walls are lined with beautiful felt and there are wood burning stoves (specially lit for your arrival and with a basket of logs) The stoves have an oven so you can be as adventurous (or not) as you like. There is also a gas hob and grill, 25 litres of water, and all the kitchen utensils and crockery/cutlery you need. There is a fridge/freezer, sink for washing up and electic sockets for use by guests in the yurts. See the list of things so you can check out what you need to bring (and don’t need to bring). Special West Moss-side organic and local (no more than 60 miles) welcome food hampers can be pre-ordered to include organic Shetland beef sausages/steak burgers/steaks from the farm, local free range eggs from Thornhill, Scottish local wine or sparkly stuff from Cairn o’ Mohr winery, Carse of Gowrie, and home preserves from West Moss-side. Tell us what you would like and we shall see whether it can be sourced locally.
Sleeping – there is one real comfy double bed, one double futon and one Futon company ‘sleep over’ so they will sleep 5 comfortably. All linen and bedding and pillows are provided - just bring your own towels. Lighting will be very atmospheric by solar and by lanterns.
We have two brand new and excellent shower rooms and toilets (one accessible) in the newly converted steading in the West Moss-side Centre very close to Stuc a'Chroin (50m) and a little further for Ben Ledi and Ben Lomond. Showers are inclusive with hot water part provided by the sun! A washing machine is available in the Centre – there is an honesty box for the washing machine. Parking spaces available in the yard but we hope that you will share cars or perhaps even come by bike! You’ll earn an extra bonus of 5% discount!
Ben Lomond yurt is specially available for accompanying dogs staying. A special dog bed and bowls are provided for 4 legged guests. But remember this is a working farm with cattle and sheep in the fields.