Family Camp

Bring your children out to the wonderful wilds of Strathfarrar and let us entertain them for the day while you relax. Either do a restful nothing, head out to the hills for a walk, or perhaps make a basket, or bake some bread in our outdoor oven. Staff will provide opportunities to keep your hands busy while your mind wanders.

We will offer a range of engaging activities for your children – building, exploring, looking after our animals, wild foraging and more. At the end of the day we can all gather round the fire and tell stories of our adventures – or day dreams!

 

 

2021 Programme:

This year we will be doing basket weaving, natural wool dyeing (using foraged plants), felting, turf building, nature walks, drama, as well as making your own firestick. We will do many of these activities during the day session (we divide up into a young children’s group, an older children’s group and an optional adults group). The sessions run between 10am and 3pm. From 3pm to 5pm we ask you to get back together as a family and thats a great time to carry on these activities together, relax or take a walk.  During the evening one family will take the lead assisting with cooking and cleaning up and there will be more activities during the evening. The camp as a whole is run in a relaxed and informal way, so if there’s something you want to do, all you need to do is ask.

 

 

 

  Accommodation:

In 2018 we completed a three year project to build our inspirational bothy accommodation. Designed, built and installed by Northwoods Construction from Ullapool, the six steel clad bothies each have three double bunks in and offer a beautifully built simple shelter for your stay. The word ‘bothy’ comes from the Gaelic, and the bothan airigh – the shieling hut – is the start of the story of these buildings. The ‘tin’ bothies, houses, schools and churches around the Highlands of Scotland were also a big inspiration for our new accommodation. Bringing this story into the present and future, our bothies feature a huge south facing window for solar gain heating, local timber and a high quality finish. We hope you will enjoy them as much as we do!

 

 

You can see a time-lapse video of the buildings being built here, and you can read more about the project in MORE menu at the top right of this page.

We are just updating our website, which will soon have a new booking system. In the meantime please e-mail sam@theshielingproject.org to register your interest.

Our 2021 Family Camp will be from the 25th to the 30th of July 2021.

Please get in touch if you are interested. Camps run Sunday to Friday, 5pm to 5pm. The cost is £900 per cabin, which can accommodate 6, so thats just £150 per person for a full week of wonderful activities and food.

Thanks again for the Family hol, it came at just the right time for us, it was really refreshing to be in such an environment with like-minded folk.  We have been inspired to make changes to how we live and eat and hope to start keeping chickens/ducks. – Family camp visitor 2018.

 

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Upcoming Events

Jun
6
Sun
5:00 pm @ Shieling Project
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Jun 6 @ 5:00 pm – Jun 11 @ 5:00 pm
Timber Framing Week (sold out)

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Summerlings Nursery

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.

We hope to offer our first post Covid events in summer 2021. We are so excited to welcome you back then, and guess that you might be keen to get away!

We have spaces left on our Craft Week and Family Camp. Everything else has booked up, so if you’re interested please keep in touch for our 2022 dates.

We will also get back to running events, training and volunteering. Please bear with us through this difficult time, and if you want to get involved or support us please book in for something in 2021 or 2022.  

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.

  • 07584855846
  • Dunmaglass, Struy, Beauly, Inverness-shire, IV4 7JX

Upcoming Events

Jun
6
Sun
5:00 pm @ Shieling Project
@ Shieling Project
Jun 6 @ 5:00 pm – Jun 11 @ 5:00 pm
Timber Framing Week (sold out)

Subscribe to our newsletter

We use the donation system ‘Stripe’ as used by GoFundMe – you can find out more about this here

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Photos by the Shieling Project, Mhairi Baird, George Logan and David Powell

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We use the donation system ‘Stripe’ as used by GoFundMe – you can find out more about this here

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Photos by the Shieling Project, Mhairi Baird, George Logan and David Powell