Do you want to milk a cow, build a bothy, or plant a forest? Be an archaeologist, a poet, a weaver? Come outdoors and get stuck in to shieling life with us.
The Shieling Project is an off-grid learning centre based in Glen Strathfarrar, near Beauly in the Highlands of Scotland. The project is all about outdoor living – from looking after our livestock to making real buildings, from weaving baskets to making burgers from the meat we have raised here. The tradition of the shieling where folk lived outdoors all summer herding the cattle, gives us a window onto the past, but also helps us look forward to a sustainable future.
Due to Covid-19 we are currently in hibernation. We have had to cancel all our on-site services for this year, but are doing some outreach. We will be back in the spring with nursery ‘stay and play days,’ training, volunteering, and day and residential trips. We are also looking for folk who want to run courses from the project. Please bear with us through this difficult time, and if you want to get involved or support us please book in for 2021. We will announce our dates soon, please get in touch if you are interested.
Am bu toigh leat bò a’ bhleoghainn, bothan a’ thogail neo coille a chur as ùr? Am bu toigh leat a’ bhith ‘nad arc-eòlaiche, ‘nad bhàrd, no ‘nad breabadair? Thig a-mach dhan àrainneachd agus feuch dòigh beatha na h-àirigh còmhla rinn!
’S e ionad ionnsachaidh neo-eisimeileach a th’ ann am Pròiseact na h-Àirigh, a chaidh a’ stèidheachadh taobh a-muigh siostaman dealain is goireasan phoblach àbhaisteach. Ionnsachaidh sibh mu dheidhinn a’ bhith beò a-muigh – a’ togail bhothain, a’ dèanamh bhasgaidean, neo a’ còcaireachd bhurgairean bho fheòil ar sprèidh fhèin. Bidh sinn a’ toirt sùil air ais chun an àm nuair a bhiodh daoine agus am beathaichean a gluasad gach Samhradh suas chun na h-Àirighean. Tro ionnsachadh seann chleachdaidhean a bh’ aca, gheibh sinn sealladh air mar as urrainn dhuinne a bhith beò ann an saoghal seasmhach san latha againn fhèin agus ‘s an àm ri thighinn.
Photos by the Shieling Project, Mhairi Baird, George Logan and David Powell