Camphill Blair DrummondYear Out Group member since 2021
About Camphill Blair Drummond
Join our very special and unique community and home for adults with learning difficulties at Camphill Blair Drummond. Live on a rural 5-acre estate and Castle in Scotland, on the edge of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and close to the historic cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Along the way you will build skills for life, broaden your horizons, create life-long friendships and discover the rich culture and beauty of Scotland.
‘Camphill Blair Drummond is such a friendly, homely and magical place.
You are surrounded by so many lovely people – residents, volunteers and staff all supporting each other’.
Mine – Germany
As one of our International Volunteers (18-25 years) you will join us for 12 months, live in the castle and become a special part of the community enriching the family life of the 45 residents by becoming their friends and helping them to take part in meaningful activities.
You will very quickly become part of the family of one of the seven resident homes set in the grounds of the estate, helping to provide personal support and friendship to the residents. On your volunteering days you will take your meals within your family home with the residents and take part in their social activities in the evenings and the weekends.
‘This place is now my home. Here I have everything -a reason to stand up every morning with a big smile- because I do what I love and I spend my day with people who are so strong, lovely, funny and just amazing. Only people who’ve been here before can know.’ Maggi- Germany.
During the day you will take part in a range of carefully selected activities alongside the residents encouraging them and helping them to get involved.
This will include looking after our pigs and sheep, learning to bake organic bread in our commercial bakery, estate maintenance, digital design, fruit and vegetable growing, music, arts and a wide range of studio-based crafts.
‘I am learning so many things I never imagined I would be doing.’ Ceci – Ecuador.
Your room will be in the Castle, which overlooks the lions and giraffes of the only safari park in Scotland. From our community, you can walk, cycle or run out on to tracks that take you down to the River Teith, with views across to the 14th century Doune Castle (a film location for Game of Thrones and Outlander).
A short bus ride will take you to the medieval city and castle of Stirling, once the capital of Scotland. From there both Glasgow and Edinburgh are less than an hour away by train.
Nearby is Callander, a tourist town, set in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, an internationally renowned, world-famous landscape. Here you can stroll along the river, spend the afternoon in one of the many cafes, or explore the miles of tracks and trails – on foot or by bike – that wind around the many lochs and mountains in the Park.
…..beyond are the magical wild mountains, lakes and beaches of the Scottish Highlands and Islands.
‘I really love the Castle life. The rooms are all completely different but all amazing. Almost every room has an old fireplace and many have a little tower room.’ Mine – Germany
‘I would do it everyday. It has changed our lives and our perspectives of the world and people.’ Darla – Ecuador.