Wednesday, 15 April 2015
The winter has been a wild one with extremely high winds and more rain than normal (I seem to say that every year!!) We are coming out of the back of winter now but it still throws out the occasional snow flurry and our temperatures have barely reached above 10 degrees! Skye's Spring always appears about a month after Spring down South so any day soon we are going to have a run of calm settled weather and some sunshine?
We have had our first visitors this season on the day we opened. The guys were a lovely group of students, mostly from Spain (Valencia & Barcelona) and they really appreciated the social space in The Hub with the wood burning stove keeping them warm from the cold Easter winds. The guys had some great adventures around Skye and left the place immaculately clean and tidy (Unlike my student days!) They also left some lovely comments which was great to hear and read :)
We have also had our good friend Wayne and his faithful dog Jezz come and stay for a couple of days, Wayne and Jezz have spent the last 3 Hebridean Springs camping in the Hebrides and getting to know the people, the places and the wildlife. Wayne spent the first 2 years doing this in his canvas bell tent and showing how really tough and versatile these tents are even running some emergency repairs in storm force winds when one of the poles snapped and replacing it with a tree!! You can follow Wayne's continuing adventures on Facebook by liking The Hebrides 2014 page.
We are now using Airbnb for bookings and enquiries which is getting us lots of bookings from foreign travellers and looking forward to meeting them and also using UK Campsites, we will be on Cool Camping also very soon so lots of ways to see what we are about and decide if Skye Eco Bells is for you and your friends/family/loved ones.
Lots of people requesting our website details so apologies but this is in progress at the moment and we've seen glimpses and it's looking fantastic and we'll get it up and running as soon as possible and big thanks to Cat for the great work she has done so far :)
Lastly a big thank you to all our likers on Facebook where we are at almost 500 organic likers and over on Twitter over a 1000 followers! We are humbled that our idea from years ago has come to fruition and that people are interested in what we do and want to visit us here on Skye. It's an iconic island and is genuinely one of those places you must visit, check out the pics on here, Facebook and Twitter and Google Skye and whet your appetite and hopefully we'll see one day?
Happy travelling and camping!
Scott & Nadia
Skye Eco Bells
Friday, 13 March 2015
Sunday, 9 November 2014
Skye Eco Bells continues to be very busy and possibly busier than the summer!! So many jobs to do, but when the sky is blue and the suns shining it's all good :)
Today we started the job of pollarding the willows which currently stand at about 10m and very thin and whippy so we are cutting them short to allow them to bush out, prevents them being blown over in our crazy windy winters!!
Willow is such an amazing tree and so useful in many ways, so we have planted about 60 large willow slips around the site today, put aside some of the skinnier ones to make some willow sculptures, made some great fencing posts and rails, lots of brash to chip then put in our shavings pit for grey water filtration.
We also got lots of firewood which we are taking advantage of at this moment on a cold Skye night.
We have loads more to cut but such a great job when everything is getting re-used.
Oh and Aspirin is derived from willow too :) Amazing stuff!!
Scott & Nadia
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
This has been our first season operating Skye Eco Bells and its been a blast!! We deliberately wanted to keep our visitors numbers really low, so we could get a feel of what our guests need and also how we will operate the campsite when busy. So the winter seems to be upon us already, dark nights, wind & rain!!
We have a really busy winter ahead of us. A bit more landscaping, planting more trees and lots of finishing touches. We are also going to be building some wooden decks for the tents to sit upon, sorting out the immense willows and coppicing them and planting more for our grey water filtration.
We are also doing the pleasant inside stuff such as website design, leaflets and general marketing as well sign making, those long winter nights by the fire will be spent colouring in and getting out our artistic mojo on :)
We would like to thank all the folks that have stayed at the campsite and given great feedback and we've made new friends, reconnected with old ones and look forward to meeting lots of interesting folks next year!
Special thanks to our parents for their support which means the world to us!! :)
Last thanks also to HIE for their continued support.
We look forward to meeting some of you next year and we'll post over the winter with updates.
Have an awesome, cosy winter :)
Saturday, 16 August 2014
The dry composting toilet and shower are complete! The toilet is a nice wee space and not remotely smelly and of course not wasting water! We will have great compost in roughly 2 years time to put on the plants (non edible)
The shower is also working great and is an L5 propane powered gas shower with a lot of power! It's totally off grid and any water is filtered through our grey water filtration system and is operating well. Great for those days you've been up the hill or in the sea and need to warm up :)
The shower is from a company called showerking and we can highly recommend them and great advice given by their owners.
Come try it for yourself :)
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
We are so close to completing, but as goes with a lot of these kind of things there are wee gremlins just adding a little bit of challenge in the final days of finishing!!
Delivery of our roofing has been delayed one of the minor annoyances of living in a remote place but the benefits outweigh.
The toilet and shower building is partially clad and roofed and the space is looking good and will be in the same theme as the rest of the site, a bit shabby chic and a vintage vibe. We aim to have it completed this weekend deliveries willing and some dry weather. Will post pics when complete but here are a few of the construction phase to compare when finished :)