ALL YEAR ROUND VOLUNTEER HELPERS – live in your own eco hut for a 2 to 4 month stay.

SUMMERTIME stays of two months are also welcomed – stay in your own classic 2-berth touring caravan.

We invite  skilled, motivated and resilient volunteer Helpers to join our resident and local team with the care,  housekeeping, management and maintenance of this 8-bed hostel, 3 off-grid eco-huts and 4-pitch camping ground.  Then there are the visitors themselves, – plus ducks, hens, sheep, polytunnel, gardens and woodlands all within this 6 acre homestead at The Lazy Duck, Nethy Bridge in the Cairngorms National Park, Scottish Highlands.
Please contact us telling us as much about yourself as possible, what relevant skills you have and providing us with the names of 3 referees / supporters.

UPDATE May 2018 : – an invitation to join our Team

 
  POSITION 1 IMMEDIATE VOLUNTEER HELPER VACANCY to stay for one, two or three months POSITION 2 For JANUARY/FEBRUARY, 2019 we would welcome a SINGLE or COUPLE able to join us for between 3 and 4 months.       Can you offer 25 flexible hours of work over a 5 day week in return for free accommodation and a food allowance?
  • help move wood logs from the forest to our eco huts?
  • help look after flower and vegetable garden and grounds?
  • help with laundry?
  • help with sheep, hens and ducks?
  • help clear snow?
  • help mend things?
  • help prepare hostel & huts with housekeeping to a really high standard?
  • be a great host to visitors from world wide?
  • be cheerful in rain, snow and glorious sunshine?
  • look after yourself?
  • be a team player while at the same time be self sufficient and personally resilient?
GREAT!!   Be in touch with us . . .

What we look for..

We look for smart, energetic, flexible, considerate ‘CAN DO’ people, good to be with at both work and play and with good ability in spoken English.   You would need to be able to live well in a small space, and have excellent cleaning and household preparation skills, and be non-smoking including e-cigarettes.  Additional experience in outdoor painting, gardening and general grounds-keeping will also be welcome together with a willingness to work at different times of the day.

Ideally…

Our guests in the hostel, 2 eco-cabins and lightweight camping ground are very important to us and we do everything possible to make them feel welcome and well looked after. You would be joining us in this task in which you would need to be confident with people and interested in developing your own hospitality skills.

In Return…

Free bread, a share, when available, of the hens’ eggs, free, wifi, laundry, bike loan are also on offer together with a host of different experiences many of which may be new to you. You will be able to enjoy living for a while in our beautiful National Park, and at the Lazy Duck learn from us about small scale hospitality management and sustainability (Green Tourism Gold) along with the opportunity of working with your hands in the outdoors amongst waterfowl, hens and sheep, flower and vegetable gardens and woodland.

Some Details…

If you are staying with us for 3 or 4 months you have to yourself a wooden cabin with double bed, woodstove, well equipped kitchen, indoor warm water bush shower, electricity and wifi. A composting toilet is adjacent.  Summer Helpers staying just 1-2 months have to themselves a 2 berth heated classic touring caravan sited in the Lambing Field with bedding and kitchen facilities, electricity and wifi, and with toilet and showering facilities available.

Depending on our Team arrangements at the time there may be an opportunity for you to take on 10 paid hours beyond your volunteering contribution. This offer would be made only to experienced and confident Helpers.

  If this interests you please E-MAIL us, telling us whatever you would like to say about yourself and what you can do, including also your CV, a recent PHOTOGRAPH and a TELEPHONE NUMBER that we can use to reach you. We will also ask you for the e-mail and telephone details of 3 SUPPORTERS whom will contact us with reference to your abilities and personal qualities. It is usual for you to contact them first, – if this is difficult in your country then please let us know.

“Small is Beautiful”. While giving everything we can to our guests we also have a lot of fun. Do come.

The Lazy Duck

The Lazy Duck is in the Cairngorms National Park in the village of Nethy Bridge – 2 shops, 1 pub, 1 tumbling mountain river, hundreds of acres of ancient forest and heather, 5 miles from Grantown-on-Spey, 20 minutes by bus from Aviemore, 1 hour from Inverness.

Full-Time Positions


Operations and Business Manager

35 hours | Resident | Permanent | 28 days holiday | £22 – 24,000

  • Start: July / August
  • Location: Nethy Bridge, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands
  • Salary: £22,000 – £24,000 (accommodation included)
  • Hours: 35 hours per week
  • Days of work: Typically Monday – Friday, with some weekends required
  • Package: Shared or solo accommodation onsite included (to be negotiated)

    Apply here :- Applications close 14 June 2018

    What’s the role?

    We are looking for an resident Operations and Business Manager for our bespoke eco-accommodation homestead the Lazy Duck, located in the Cairngorms National Park.

    Following a planned one year business and system development programme by Manager and Consultant Rachel, we are now ready to invite a long-term Manager to the team.

    You must be available to visit us for an interview in the last week of June. Applications close on 14 June, but do apply early.

    Our Operations and Business Manager works to keep everything in great working order, making sure the guests’ experience is the best possible whilst staying with us.

    As we are a small family-owned enterprise, with most of the team living here, our Operations and Business Manager must be a keen and competent communicator, with a finger on the pulse of everything that happens in a busy day at the Lazy Duck.

    The Operations and Business Manager is responsible for overseeing the maintenance and cleanliness of our purpose-built off-grid huts, hostel, hot tub and sauna. Further responsibility extends to care of livestock, cultivated gardens, grassland and woodlands.

    Our Operations and Business Manager will have great leadership skills to develop the small team and create a fun and productive working environment.

    Balancing their time outdoors with critical administration duties, our Operations and Business Manager will have strong analytical skills and digital marketing experience that enables them to manage the back-end business systems and proactively report to the resident Lazy Duck Originals, David and Valery (who are doing their best to retire and put their feet up).

    Specific role responsibilities include …

  • Understand, commit to and demonstrate the Lazy Duck culture
  • People management, recruitment and training – you will have a small team that report to you including a full time Assistant Manager and part time Maintenance Lead and Hospitality Assistant, in addition to housekeepers and volunteers
  • Ensure our guests are cared for to the highest standards, acting as our Lead Host and ensuring all staff and volunteers understand and promote these standards
  • Ensure our livestock, properties and grounds are well cared for, leading housekeeping and quality control processes
  • Identify and work towards achieving business targets in collaboration with David and Valery
  • Manage and drive occupancy towards 100% via digital marketing activities and other strategies (our biggest growth market currently is Instagram)
  • Manage and analyse occupancy trends, reporting monthly
  • Manage and analyse financial performance, reporting monthly
  • Prepare rotas, manage cover and address staffing issues proactively
  • Overview of Health & Safety, data protection, HR, current legislation & 3rd party partners
  • A commitment to continual personal improvement and development
  • Ability to navigate a valuable reciprocal relationship with the Lazy Duck originals who have nurtured this place for 45 years and still have a contribution to make.

    Type of person

    Enthusiastic, organized, practical and process driven, you will thrive in a sometimes busy environment where solving problems is a daily opportunity and making a difference is what makes it all worthwhile. You’ll champion our sustainability and ecological values, promote our activities, and be open and available to guests, volunteers and staff for advice, help and service.

    With experience in a similar role you will be ready to maximize the performance of a great team. Articulate and approachable, you must be able to strike a rapport with guests too and have a helpful, positive personality.

    As we host families with children you will need to provide an appropriate Disclosure Scotland check. The Lazy Duck is a non-smoking environment, so please consider this before you apply.

    What can we offer?

    In addition to the standard salary/pension, we will provide accommodation for the Operations and Business Manager. The total value of this package is between £22 – 24,000 depending on skills and experience.

    The accommodation is a recently refurbished furnished 2-3 bedroom cottage with it’s own small fenced garden. The accommodation package is negotiable depending on whether it is shared with one other, or the Manager chooses to have sole occupancy. Council tax and heat and light expenses is additional, to be negotiated.

    We can also offer shared use of our Wellbeing Studio for an appropriate activity that contributes to the overall ethos of the Lazy Duck. The studio is currently used for yoga teaching, meditation and Swedish massage.

    Interested?

    To speak to David about the position please call 01479821642

    Apply here

    Applications close 14 June 2018

  • Previous Helpers…

    You?

    Could you fill this place? Could be you

    Tommy…

    Tommy came from Norway via County Mayo, Ireland for a spell in the winter, helped with the painting of the new Lookout hut for volunteers and set off again by bike for home. A skilled tiler he was able to help out our ‘sister’ operation in the village when they were running up against a tight time deadline. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Mark…

    A substantial eco warrior with building, re wilding and livestock experience in Cornwall and Bristol Mark earned his reputation with us as he added some precious ideas to the completing of the Lambing Bothy. Unconventional in the nicest way he entertained and enlightened guests and our Team fairly non stop. He left us to continue his exploratory travelling further south welcome to Lazy Duck

    Rosa & Aleix…

    Rosa, a nurse and humanitarian aid worker in Central African Republic and Aleix, an engineer, vegan chef and psychology student, both Catalans, gave us two great months of joyful, skilled assistance with building and with guests. They lived in the Lambing Bothy at a time when we were thinking about a dedicated eco hut just for Helpers. Ale ix has returned for two more spells. Aren’t we lucky! welcome to Lazy Duck

    Julia…

    Julia from Brunswick in Germany was taking a vital break from her demanding work in her own country with young refugees and preparing for a career in teaching. Meeting and looking after the needs of Lazy Duck guests from all over the world Julia met up with some challenging and contrasting cultures which should further help her with what comes next. Appreciative and hard working, she gave a lot. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Ksenia…

    While working in Moscow Ksenia helps out with a children’s therapeutic community some four hours to the south. It was on their recommendation that she came to help us at The Lazy Duck. We were not disappointed. Ksenia was calm, collected, inquisitive and hard working. We loved having her working alongside us. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Vikki…

    Well experienced in administration and hospitality Vikki, from London, was a real outdoor girl who made good use of the physically challenging local scene here. She breezed through most situations, gave a lot and raised many a laugh. A substantial lady. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Caroline…

    A classics graduate from New Zealand, Caroline met the challenges of our international clientèle with strength and a growing sensitivity, learning a lot from our many diverse guests along the way. After her two months with us she continued her hostel-help hopping in Scotland and we were glad she was able to drop in again later on her travels. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Hayley…

    An ecology and conservation graduate from Australia Hayley had eight years experience of flagging up conservation and climate change issues for anyone who would listen as well as much hands on work in the bush and with mines. Her beautiful and laid back approach to life, so welcome here, almost masked a steely resolve to have the world address the crucial environmental issues so important to her. Good on her. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Silvina…

    Silvina was a natural. An aerial silks teacher from Uruguay she became our second Winter Helper, excellent with guests and a joy to be with as she managed livestock, woodstocks and much else. From a sculpture garden in Granada and then Portugal, she brought great vitality to our winter months helping in just about everything we need to do. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Umut…

    Umut from Istanbul, Turkey had been working in film and TV. Impressive in conversation and in his take on the humanitarian situation in his own and nearby countries he and friends are planning an eco place for disadvantaged children. He helped much with the foundation digging for the new Lambing Bothy and impressed guests with his courtesy and efficiency. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Zhara…

    Zhara originally from Tehran, then Dublin and finally Malaysia came bringing with her a keen interest in our culture and opinions. She was well able to share her own enviable experience in three continents while helping with the many daily tasks of a summer at the Lazy Duck. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Brian…

    Brian from Sicily came with everything to learn. A young man from a totally different background, Brian moved towards looking after himself and getting to grips with a working day, understanding instructions and appreciating the wisdom of learning from others. He left us to volunteer in a garden on the West Coast. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Claire…

    Claire, a deceptively tough minded lady from ‘down under’ impressed us as well as making us laugh with her tales of managing the workmen in her Australian mine, especially the foreman. There was little Claire could not contribute to L. Duck and she went off from here looking to work as an engineer for a spell in the UK. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Jack & Simone…

    Jack & Simone from Manchester and Ross-shire, Scotland were real novices on arrival. Once we all recognised they needed to learn from the bottom up it was possible to find activities for them in which they could succeed and contribute. Simone became a really helpful gardener and Jack helped with the livestock, wood moving and the welcoming of guests. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Alex…

    Alex from Catalonia did so well to improve his English to a point where he could be really helpful in welcoming English, as well as Spanish and Catalan speaking guests. He worked hard in the construction programme, with the wood fired hot tub, hay making and with the sheep and hens. He returned home to take up teaching. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Hielte…

    Hielte, a student teacher from Brunswick, Germany, asked to join us on the recommendation of Torsten who was with us the year before. Quietly efficient in everything she did we learned to rely on Hielte for her gentle approach and subtle sense of humour. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Alex…

    Alex (Scotty) from Canberra, Australia came with a degree in physical health & hospitality and a passion for recycling and after school care programmes. Warm and generous by nature, there was nothing he could not offer to help us into the autumn cycle of homestead clear up and continuing good hospitality for guests. Managed with our funny yoga/ Tai Chi too! welcome to Lazy Duck

    Celia…

    Celia, a languages graduate from northern France, came for two months and stayed for six. Working on the Lambing Bothy, she was quite unafraid of heights, mud or anything else. Hugely hospitable to guests combining real French fervour for intelligent conversation and magnificent cuisine which often appeared from the oven in her caravan. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Dani…

    Dani, from Ontario, Canada was a wholly successful host and Lead Volunteer when called upon. She came for two months and stayed for five leading by example and becoming a great success with guests who were charmed by her efficient caring and attention to their needs. She also knew how to enjoy life beyond the Lazy Duck. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Martin & Isabel…

    Martin from Holland and Isabel, a Scot were on a journey of discovery. To live in Holland or Scotland? They came as our first volunteer winter helpers to live in the Lambing Bothy helping with livestock and the completion of bothy decoration. Planting maturing silver birch trees also figured as did exploring more of Scotland in their camper van. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Zeb…

    Zeb, our first Winter Helper, arrived from North Carolina via Iceland and Norway. Sharing a cottage a mile away, his cycling enthusiasm proved useful each morning, often in ice and snow. Wonderfully laid back, he won’t forget managing loads of firewood, hot tub and laundry and his capacity for positive reflection saw him through two winter months splendidly. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Thea…

    Thea, from the Dutch German borderlands, had worked in a remote outback farm in Australia. An equable and tough contributor to our programme, she tackled anything, holding her own alongside a well experienced and fast moving logs-shifting team and at the same time offering both charm and hospitality to our visitors. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Greg…

    Greg, from Bethune in France had grown up on his family’s farm and was a natural therefore in the many practical tasks we needed to do in the Spring. Always a lead member in the carrying of heavy timber to the sawing area, his skills as a pastry cook were also always welcome! welcome to Lazy Duck

    George…

    George, a Canadian, brought with him a deep experience of wilderness living. With his magnetic personality he gave much to our team which spoke of his rustic living and remote hostel managing in the Rockies. Seriously thoughtful, a tease and with an abundance of practical skill at his fingertips, George was an invaluable colleague. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Ian…

    Ian, a Scout in his youth, arrived from England on a low powered motor bike with L plates! He soon became instrumental as a woodsman and on other varied tasks he learned as we went along together, also taking the chance to walk in the Cairngorms, showing his enthusiasm for the hills. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Barbara…

    Barbara blew in from the mountains of northern Italy and injected a welcome Mediterranean flavour to the team. We were all caught up in the enthusiasm and humour that she brought to every task we did together. A marketing specialist and with Sicilian forbears, Barbara will be well remembered wherever she lands. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Melanie…

    Melanie, from the Netherlands, although still in her teens was really, really good in our team. Her passion here was sheep shearing, and playing music much of which she composed herself. She is now a serious music student back home and we expect to hear more of her successes in the future. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Heidi…

    Heidi, a hospitality and marketing undergraduate from France came to us from a season with the French Ski School, Courchevel. She brought with her a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere which added much to the summer spirit at the Lazy Duck. Excellent she was with guests and in the preparations necessary for their happy visits. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Borja…

    Borja from Navarra, Spain had worked in hospitality and agriculture in New Zealand and as a canoeing instructor on Menorca. A student Physical Education teacher he had the very best ‘can do’ approach and a great sense of humour. He tackled all the practical tasks he could and was a great ‘hit’ both with visitors and the team. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Joel…

    Joel, a student teacher from the Netherlands discovered much here about just how to apply the basic practical skills he brought with him. A great conversationalist he was popular with visitors and contributed well to the summer programme. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Torsten…

    Torsten, a student teacher from Brunwick, Germany modestly claimed to have just basic experience in the skills we need here. That said, he was ever willing and able to pick up on whatever we were doing, taking particular care of the hot tub and being a great host with visitors. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Doris…

    Doris, from Dresden was a senior teacher of English taking a one year sabbatical. We felt privileged that, of all the options open to her, she came to The Lazy Duck bringing with her some formidable skills in gardening, cooking, pastry making, deep conversation and meticulous cleaning, – and all with great good humour. When it was time for Doris to leave us after two months she set off for Cuba. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Guillaume…

    Guillaume, a civil engineering student from Metz in France, brought with him several useful practical skills and learned some more during his stay, including some chicken physiotherapy. Having taken advantage of two short holidays in our hospital in Inverness he is also now an expert on the British National Health Service and his 2 months in Scotland contributed significantly to his language studies at home. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Julian…

    Julian came from Madrid where he was in administration and also a tutor. He will be well remembered for his successful spell acting as labourer to our craftsman Dave who during August was roofing the new Duck’s Nest hut with heavy stones. welcome to Lazy Duck Hostel

    Louise…

    Louise, a great granny, resident occasionally in Devon, seemed to have been most places and is no stranger even to the Isles of Eigg and Iona as a hard graft volunteer. She brought with her many rural skills which equipped her well to join Doris towards the end of the summer. We valued highly her devotion to composting, path making, rescuing the garden, care of the ducks and her engaging way with all visitors. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Gemma…

    Gemma, a hospital nurse and mountaineer from Catalunia, was a most rigorous, organised and proactive Helper whose company we all enjoyed in the Spring of 2013. Full of delightful positive energy and good conversation she had much to offer our visitors and she certainly put our mountain bike through its paces! welcome to Lazy Duck

    Kike…

    Kike, whose home was Buenos Aires is a veteran helper in hostels world wide. He had a measured and kindly antipodean lope which with his engaging philosophy of life confirmed for our visitors that they had arrived at a rather special place and with special people too. He also introduced us to his native Malbec wine. welcome to Lazy Duck Hostel

    David…

    David, a PE and education student from Madrid soon discovered that it was possible for a city boy to learn outdoor rural skills and give much to his two month stay. He weathered several challenges exceedingly well, became an enthusiastic manager of the hot tub and was a great companion for Guillaume. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Anna…

    Anne, a teaching undergraduate from Germany, with English and biology as her subjects, had spent a year at University College of North Wales, Bangor, where she met Mara who was here in 2011. Anne brought many welcome skills, particularly with people, was always ready to try anything and gave much to us all at L Duck. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Yvo…

    Yvo, a big strong Dutchman, came to us with valuable experience in gardens in Canada and made an expert job of polytunnel bed preparations and pathmaking in the wood. Yvo took a bush shower every day in September and October 2012 and has the certificates to prove it. welcome to Lazy Duck Hostel

    Samuel…

    Samuel from Nottingham was a qualified pastry chef an avid cook and an insatiable reader. He became increasingly practical at all outside jobs, his jaunty hat rarely taken off, was popular with visitors and very hard working. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Bridget…

    Bridget came from New Zealand via Jakarta, Indonesia where she worked as a journalist as well as in an orphanage. At Lazy Duck she tackled any job going with enthusiasm and skills that neither she nor we knew she had. She remained in Scotland and went to live and work on the West Coast. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Narenne…

    Narenne, a hospitality and care professional from near Paris, had worked in Portugal, the French Pyrenees and Norway. She brought a brilliant vitality to L Duck and made many friends whilst helping everybody here. welcome to Lazy Duck Hostel

    Rike…

    Rike a physiotherapy student in Germany had worked on organic farms in France, Canada, and New Zealand as well as in several hostels from Isle of Iona to Pitlochry. In May 2012 she painted our reconstructed bridge meticulously and was a most experienced hospitality giver to guests welcome to Lazy Duck

    Ceylan…

    Ceylan, from Ayr, in Scotland, unfortunately fell off her bike right at the end of her stay with us, – and not by playing the fiddle! A super-avid reader she browsed our bookshelves and enjoyed the tranquillity of her caravan but gave lots of energy to her hospitality role and gained considerable experience especially in helping visitors feel welcome and relaxed. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Kenny & Marissa…

    Kenny and Marissa, from California and with graduate community service, applied theatre and librarian backgrounds, last year shared the two-person classic caravan and helped harvest the wild flower meadow, dug a successful drainage ditch and worked the log splitter with great style. Together they laid the wood-chip path on the woodman’s trail and successfully juggled deadlines for their post graduate studies in summer 2011. welcome to Lazy Duck Hostel

    Xiaoling…

    Xiaoling, a doctor from NE China was a medical researcher at Nottingham University. She also kept house for fellow students and had some previous experience helping with her family’s fruit farm. At Lazy Duck she was a sparkling and ever active presence, making sure visitors were very well looked after. When Xiaoling’s university work delayed her arrival for 10 days, she arranged for two fellow students, Lulu and Wen to take her place meantime; fantastic and great fun for us all. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Mara…

    Mara, an enthusiastic post-graduate student of forestry and sustainable nature management from Latvia, was taking a break from her Masters at Bangor University in North Wales. Great company, she helped us prepare for opening the Woodman’s Hut and went ‘bracken bashing’ with the Woodland Trust in spare time. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Kirsten…

    Kirsten, a geography undergraduate from Aberdeen University, scottish country dance teacher and street pastor brought her lively infectious enthusiasm to whatever she did. She spent 3 months here, and when she was around everyone had a smile on their face and felt well cared for. She also contributed hugely as master painter for the Woodman’s Hut

    Megan…

    Megan, an executive secretary and massage practitioner from Hermanus, South Africa helped rear the brood of 21 Exhibition Aylesbury ducklings hatched here in 2011. She also enjoyed gardening, and brought her guitar and her special love of singing, which were enjoyed by visitors and helpers alike. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Ursina…

    Ursina, from Uzwil in eastern Switzerland, had recently left High School and in her vacations had worked for a fruit farmer, harvesting and selling the produce. Her housekeeping and welcoming of visitors were meticulous and she went on to further studies in English in the south. welcome to Lazy Duck

    Jake…

    Jake (left) pictured here with Xavier, shearing one of our Soay ewes in a hot spell in June 2010, came from Maryland USA. As a pre-vet student he wanted to find out quickly anything about our animals, – and these semi-wild sheep from a tiny island in the northern Atlantic ocean did not disappoint! Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Sonja…

    Sonja, a trainee teacher from Karlsruhe, Germany, was a marathon runner and cyclist. With previous experience in New Zealand hostels she made an exceptional contribution to our visitors enjoyment in 2010 – and she loved helping in the polytunnel. Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Angus…

    Angus, from Hamilton, Scotland came for two spells covering three months in 2010. Experienced in hospitality and a maintenance organiser for one of Scotland’s well known mountain bothies there was little that he could or would not do for our visitors. Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Xavier…

    Xavier from Tavant, France came hoping to improve his English. He managed everything extremely well for two months in 2010, hosting visitors in great style and teaching us all some French recipes. He was also hugely adventurous in the mountains. Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Doreen…

    Doreen from Dresden, Germany, was interested in learning anything to do with gardening and did some serious mountain walking in her time here. Her hostel care work was super and she went on to help at another hostel in Wales later in 2010. Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Eddie & Susie…

    Eddie and Susie were a characteristically robust ‘Aussie combination’, bringing lots of energy and optimism, backed up by Ed’s outback skills, their joint Scottish hostel-sitting experience and Susie’s top-class french horn and piano playing, all to great benefit in spring ’09. Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Jacob…

    Jacob brought from North Carolina his passion for playing the bagpipes and pitching into everything from hanging out washing to playing for everybody in the evenings, and even to entering the Abernethy Highland Games piping competition. Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Amy…

    Amy had a rare combination of being a soccer referee and a sales associate in the ‘Tin Box ‘ Edmonton, Alberta. Her experience at the Samaritan Village Orphanage, Tanzania prepared her well for making young children feel special staying here. Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Barbara…

    Barbara from Munich had spent 6 months travelling through Central America using her skills in Spanish. She loved animals and told us everything about ‘Ludwig’ her fabulous rabbit back home. Here she helped us looking after hens, geese and sheep as well as the ducks. Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Suzy…

    Suzy from N Wisconsin had a strong organic farming background running a goat dairy and hen-house. Her musicianship made her especially welcome and her skilled piano playing was enjoyed both in the house here and at daughter Polly’s restaurant nearby. Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Paul…

    Paul last October looked after our autumn campers, often around the chimenea fire, and helped us with the flush of family hostellers, walkers and cyclists, whilst preparing for his next venture in outdoor activities. Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Lucy…

    Lucy from Vermont, an eco-tourism graduate with travels in Senegal, Costa Rica and Ghana, came to us in 2008. With her family background on a small farm, it is her ambition one day to run her own hostel Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Alex…

    Alex from Toronto, with impressive outdoor skills, came to us whilst putting the finishing touches to her post-graduate studies in geomorphology. She would have taken L duck’s hammock home with her, had we let her! Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Steve…

    Steve was with us for the last two months of the 2008 summer helper season. A top level classical dancer when younger, and with many country skills he was a man for any challenge imaginable and an invaluable and much appreciated colleague. Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Bart & Ingrid…

    Bart and Ingrid from Holland returned for a second time in 2007. Their huge practical skills and natural hospitality were invaluable and they spent the winter helping at other Scottish independent hostels – lucky owners! Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Angie & Nathan…

    Angie, a special needs teacher from the U.S also returned in 2007 bringing with her British husband Nathan. We had a family wedding here that summer and we could not have managed without Angie and Nathan – who even made a film of the happy couple’s day! Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Lina…

    Lina from Brechen in Germany had studied biological sciences in New Zealand. She said she knew little about gardening (nor ducks!) when she arrived but together we did very well. Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Yann…

    Yann, from near Tours in France, was our youngest ever Summer Helper at just 18. He helps his family with holiday cottages in the Auvergne so he was always quizzing us on what we were doing and exactly why! This was great. Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Kate…

    Kate came to us from Las Vegas for last year’s mid-summer. With experience with children and shelters for the homeless she was a great person for hostellers to find on arrival! Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Foad…

    Foad is a skilled photographer as well as timber mover – some of his shots are now included on both of our websites. Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Rose Marie… Kristina…

    Rose Marie from Oregon and Kristina student in Berlin were a superb skilled team never without humour, and carefully painters too! Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Josie…

    Josie, a psychologist from Louisiana and Josh from New Orleans, taking time out from reconstruction work following Hurricane Katrina Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Chema…

    At home near Madrid, Chema made a living repairing buildings without scaffolding. We appreciated his climbing skills on our roof and whenever tree work had to be done. Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Andre & Lenka…

    Andre & Lenka, students from Bratislava, found part time work locally, in a hotel and in a nursing home. Now we hear they are married and have a family! Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Sarah…

    Sarah had experience of organic gardening; she painstakingly attacked the flower and vegetable beds to prepare them for the short growing season here in the mountains. Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Neil…

    Neil was our first summer helper ever. He came to us in 2004, and just lived for snow boarding and climbing. He now has his own plumbing business. Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Sylvan…

    While with us Sylvan from Montreal got to know half the village, working in a classy hotel, as butcher’s boy in the village, and teaching French to the locals. Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Sharon & Shlomo…

    Sharon & Shlomo from Jerusalem took a break from their jobs in art therapy and special education. They borrowed bikes and explored the forest trails and lochsides. Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Kayella…

    Kayella from Toronto, was probably our best gardener ever!  Sadly for us she had to leave much sooner than she had expected. Welcome to Nethy Bridge's Lazy Duck Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park

    Say Hello…

    We are happy to receive applications year round, for a two, three or four month period.

    A short checklist …

    • Please send us an email with your CV, a recent photograph and your phone number.
    • Give us the names of 3 people (not relatives) who would be happy to support your application, with their e-mail addresses and phone numbers so that we can contact them, remembering to mention this to them in advance.
    • Write us a letter of introduction telling us what you can offer and also perhaps what you are hoping to gain from your stay with us and anything else you would like us to know about you.
    • CONTACT US: e: lazyduckhostel@gmail.com   t: +44 (0)131 6186198

    We Are…

    David, Valery and Django . . . here since 1974 We Lazy Duck Originals live in the main house, Badanfhuarain, with Django and regular family visitors.  

    We Are…

    Rachel. . . manager since Oct 2017 Rachel lives in the Duck Keeper’s Cottage, the manager’s house.