Across Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park many farms have successfully diversified, creating inspiring new attractions, services, events or accommodation for visitors and locals to enjoy. This is providing them with a more sustainable businesses, allowing a positive future for not only them, but as often their future generations too.
West Moss-side Farm
West Moss-side Farm is just outside Thornhill, and here you will find down a hidden lane a superb example of this type of re-invention. Kate Sankey has developed a very special and creative space which is most well known as the home to her award winning Trossachs Yurts.
These three exclusive, secluded and authentic yurts provide super luxurious glamping facilities for families to spend special time together, or for couples to enjoy an escape to the country with a rare chance to just chill. As you can see from the photographs they offer very comfortable accommodation and fit beautifully into their home, a 150 acre organic farm.
The nearest neighbours to the yurts are the farms Shetland cattle grazing on this beautiful piece of land, part of Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve.
New Creative Space
Kate is a basket maker and you’ll find her work alongside the other six creative artists that make up the West Moss-side Collective. The rooms in the main building have recently been converted to accommodate galleries and provide conference facilities.
New Development Kitchen
On a recent visit I was very pleased to meet Andrew Barrowcliffe again (pictured above with Kate Sankey). I first met Andy when he was the owner/chef at Venachar Lochside where he won numerous toursim awards. Andy was drawn to West Moss-side, moving quickly from being a visitor to its resident chef. He had now based his own catering business there, introducing a new development kitchen. I had the pleasure of photographing some of Andy's amazing work which you can see below.
You can find out more about Trossachs Yurts and the other facilities of West Moss-side Farm at their website - http://trossachsyurts.com
This article and accompanying photographs are by Paul Saunders for See Loch Lomond. Visit Paul’s other websites, Paul Saunders Marketing & Paul Saunders Photography, for his marketing, photography & video services in Loch Lomond and beyond.
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