Your hosts are enthusiastic outdoor people who want to help you get the most out of your holiday.
I moved to Sutherland in April 2013, having previously lived on Skye since 1985, at a time when many people were moving up from the south to seek a more peaceful, less driven lifestyle. My husband of that time worked as a sheep shearer and fencer as well as running the croft. We had three children and enjoyed the fact that they were able to have the kind of lifestyle we knew as children, roaming the fields and making dens, as well as becoming immersed in the Gaidhlig language and culture.
To make a living in the Highlands often requires flexibility and a willingness to turn one's hand to anything. Like many others I have pursued several different lines of work over the years including childminder, relief librarian and postwoman as well as my main work as a therapist and trainer and more recently as a photographer. Now that the children have left home it seems to make sense to indulge my love of engaging with people from around the world and all walks of life by using my home to offer bed and breakfast accommodation.
As a seasoned traveller myself, both with and without children, I appreciate the value of warm hospitality and a relaxed but well organised environment, and that is what I hope I provide, as well as flexibilty and value for money!
I look forward to welcoming you.
I was born in Sweden but never learned the language, as then my family, of Spanish origin, soon moved to the Canary Islands. At 17 I spent a year in England, where I first met Sarah. Other than that, I've spent most of my life in Tenerife, where I have family and friends, and where I studied medicine and practiced public health ("epidemics") for two and a half decades.
Many of my varied interests have been in English. I translated educational material on co-operative and creative thinking, and taught hundreds of adults; helped to document appropriate technology initiatives; published some original work related to flu and systemic resilience; and even tried to learn about permaculture. I also taught myself to play guitar, and love to play some chords and then improvise on top of that.
I arrived in the Highlands in July 2016, wondering what's next. Astounding Nature, and the curious, quiet, and sometimes conversational side of humanity, meet in Balvaig as they do in so many other places. Please feel free to explore this site and maybe come visit the area.
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