Conservation Working Holidays

Last dayConservation Holidays are run between November and April. A variety of different projects are undertaken like tree planting, path maintenance or invasive species management. By signing up for a Conservation Holiday you will spend the week working amidst the fresh sea air, live, eat and work with like-minded people, learn about conservation management through practical work and direct observation, have an insight into island life and lastly but by far the least, contributing enormously to the islands infrastructure. Each Conservation Holiday will be led by a skilled and experienced group leader resident on the island with every task fully explained and demonstrated. Work can be physically demanding, so you will need a reasonable level of fitness.

  • Day 1 – Usually Monday, arrival on Eigg and a settling in day with a briefing of the week’s expectations and arrangements.
  • Day 2 to 5 – Work on the project
  • Day 6 –  Sunday is left free for you to explore the island.
  • Day 7 – Departure day


For each conservation holiday the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust offers between 4 – 6 places. They usually run between the months of November to April. At times it is the weather that can be the most challenging !


It costs the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust to run each Conservation Working Holiday. We subsidise some places to allow folks from all walks of life to apply. Your contribution is valuable and if you are able to pay for an unsubsidised place we would be very grateful! Costs applicable to participants run on a sliding scale of fees, for a 7day conservation working holiday per person; £125 unsubsidised, £100 waged, £85 part-time waged and £60 for unemployed, student or other. Donations are also very welcome. Costs include accommodation.

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