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!

 

 

2019 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. When you click on the Book Now button below you can book, pay and download the equipment list, and look at the FAQs

In 2019 we will run two camps from Sunday 28th July to Friday 2nd August, and Sunday 4th to Friday 9th August. The cost is £800 per cabin, which can accommodate 6, so thats just over £130 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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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.

On Saturday 22nd September we are hosting a shared learning day bringing together teachers, educators, tutors and practitioners working in Traditional Arts education, Outdoor Learning and Learning for Sustainability, asking: what can we learn from each other?
With talks, workshops and activities from staff here, Margaret Bennett, Roddy Maclean, Raghnaid Sandilands, Fèis Farr and Fèis Rois. In the evening, join us for a traditional cèilidh, try our famous cobb oven pizza and spend the night in one of our shieling bothies! With special guest performances at the cèilidh from Brian ÓhEadhra & Fiona Mackenzie sharing music from their new album, ‘Tìr: Highland Life and Lore.’
With thanks to Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s TASGADH small grants fund. 

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.

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