Eilean Shona successfully combines comfortable living with a respect for the environment. With only seven cottages and one main house, people are far outnumbered by the wildlife. We make every effort to be plastic free and carbon neutral on the island, with no cars, plentiful wood supply and all our electricity coming from the hydro-electric power station in Fort William. Three of our cottages are also off-grid. We are meticulous with our recycling and use only bio-cleaning products. To reduce packaging and food miles, the Wee Shop sells frozen locally produced venison stews and fish pies. Water supply comes from the hills, so there is no need for plastic bottles here!
We see our role as custodians of Eilean Shona, not only protecting the landscape but also creating the perfect environment for improvement. One of the most exciting recent developments we've put into place over the last two years is the 600 acre deer free zone. Here, the improvement in the bio diversity is quite remarkable and truly exciting to witness. We have just taken on full time woodsman to plant new trees and clear paths to ensure that the island's 1,000 acre woodland is managed all year round, thereby sustaining its natural beauty for generations to come.
Most of our guests take enormous pleasure in the bountiful wildlife, sharing their sightings on the white board in the village hall, making detailed entries of wildlife observations in our cottage guest books and posting photos on social media.
There is no light pollution on Shona, on cloudless nights the skies astonish those of us who have never experienced a landscape with no ambient electric lighting.
'Nature' is also the driving force of the artist in residency programme which will take part over two two week sessions in early spring and late autumn curated by Emma McIntyre.
All income raised from cottage and house lets is reinvested into Shona's continuing conservation projects.