The Lazybed Enviromental Policy

Our Green Tourism credentials start, quite obviously, with the actual cabin structues.

When making the decision to build the cost was, as you would expect, an important consideration, but as is typical in this complicated life, there is more than one type of cost, a financial cost to ourselves and a hugely important cost to the environment.

There were numerous cheaper cabins, pods, etc. constructed by many and various companies, either bespoke or, more usually, off the peg. Most (though not all) have doubtful origins, many use timber ripped out of ancient Siberian boreal forests and shipped (often illegally) to Europe by the back door.

It was vitally important to us to have a building constructed with timber from local, sustainable sources, for it to have maximum sheeps wool insulation (no nasty chemicals) and no wood ʻtreatmentsʼ that would be toxic to us, our guests and to plant and animal life.

North Woods Design & Construction

We contacted Bernard Planterose of North Woods Design. Bernard studied ecology at university and has since worked as an RSPB warden, tree planter, alternative lifestyler and is now a highly skilled building designer with a diverse team of ecologically minded builders all based in Ullapool. He knew exactly what we required, how to build it (on a tricky site) and guided us through the whole environmental stamp of the building.

To offset our building project we are following North Woods policy of planting a tree for every square metre of cabin space built.

Wood Trail

Main beams and window frames - Douglas fir from North Woods, Ullapool. Windows - from Treecraft Woodwork, Dornoch. Ceiling - Douglas fir from Abbey Timber, Scottish Borders. Bedroom floor - Sycamore again from Abbey Timber, Scottish Borders. Side tables - Spruce from North Woods, Ullapool. Decking - European Larch sourced near Dingwall. Cladding - European Larch from Russwood, Newtonmore.

Cabin Essentials

The welcome pack is predominantly organic, details are listed on the LazyBed page and in the cabin folder.

There is a good range of Scottish books including subjects such as wildlife, croft life, local poetry and outdoor activities.

The firewood provided for the stove is sourced sustainably from British woodland.

You will find only Ecover or equivalent enviro-friendly cleaning products and soap in the cabin plus 100% recycled toilet paper and kitchen roll.

On arrival please take a minute or two to read the information folder which (amongst other important points about the cabin and local area ) explains our sensitive septic tank!

We offer an eco-friendly laundry service. Please allow 2 days for drying naturally.

We will gladly take your 'veggie' waste for our hungry compost bins. There is a blue re-cycling bin for cans, paper, milk bottles etc (please read the sticker on the bin for details). The nearest bottle bank is located in the middle of Main Street, Lochinver.

Local Links

Made in Assynt, Assynt Leisure, Lochinver Pies, Discover Assynt, Assynt Field Club, Bridge House Art, Lochinver Landscapes, Assynt Highland Games,Cocoa Mountain, Coigach Half Marathon, West Coast Deli, The White Rabbit, Elphin Market & Music Festival, The Albannach (Michelin starred) Restaurant, Peet's Restaurant, The Caberfeidh Pub, Highland Wholefoods, Mobile Library, Screen Machine, Cabinet, The Rock Stop, Highland Stoneware

Kayak hire/trips available locally. Bicycle hire in Inverness. Seafood by the Jetty, Lochinver. Walk to the Falls of Kirkaig and onto Suilven from the door. Pop into see Alex & Co. at Achins Bookshop & Coffee Shop, Inverkirkaig. Pick up organic chocolate, fair-trade goods and Fergus Stewert pottery from Village Green or special gems, gifts and outdoor gear from Rockpool, Lochinver.

Croft Life

The ʻweeʼ croft around the cabin may seem a tad untidy (to the obsessively tidy human). This is largely due to having no grazing animals on it for the last 6 years (since it was fenced). The croft and garden are, at various times, full of bees, wildflowers, fruit, grasses and insects that, in turn, attract birds, pipistrelle bats, hedgehogs, voles, shrews, frogs, toads and newts. There is also a healthy population of common lizards and slow worms plus lichens and fungi galore.

You might see a badger or a pine martin passing through or hear a tawny owl (they have nested in the garden these last two years). We encourage you to write down in the guest book any unusual sightings (which we will pass on to the Assynt Field Club) as well as your experiences and thoughts.

We have planted numerous trees (including some fruit trees in the space on the hill above the cabin) and have a couple of vegetable patches and a productive polytunnel. It goes without saying that we donʼt use pesticides, not even a slug pellet.

Our copper maran hens are totally free range and are only fed organic feed (they live on the other side of the garden). Just like the cabin, it costs a little more to do things right, but you get a healthier and better quality product in the end.

There is practically no light pollution in Kirkaig. On a clear night you may get heady at the plethora of stars, walk by the light of the full moon, catch a shooting star or on a winters night perhaps see the Aurora Borealis!

We beach-clean half a dozen times a year (you are very welcome to join in!) Itʼs ongoing and unfortunately never ending. Most of the litter is from boats, often washed up on shore after a journey of a thousand miles or more.

We know some of the above sounds a little earnest and we know that itʼs a drop in the proverbial ocean when there are so many huge environmental challenges in an increasingly uncertain world. We just have to try our best.

Many thanks for reading and we hope you enjoy your stay!