Craft Holidays In The Scottish Highlands

Come and make something beautiful with the Shieling Project! From weaving a basket with willow, to timber framing, or felting wool from our Shetland sheep, we have loads of things to get stuck into. The project has been built from scratch with children and volunteers so its a great place to inspire you about what you can make too. We offer courses with inspiring craftspeople, where you come away with skills for yourself or your work. Relax at the end of the day around the campfire with a feeling of accomplishment, physical well-being and perhaps glass of wine to round it off. Materials, accommodation, and high quality local and organic food included.

Craftswoman Profile:

Karen Collins from Naturally Useful will return this year to help you make a stunning basket and felt some of the wool we will have dyed

Posted by Naturally Useful on Monday, April 16, 2018


2022 Programme:

In 2022 year we will run five courses:

Kilt Making: we’re very excited about this new course – and will have more details to come… It will involve making your own kilt to take away with you… The fantastic Skye-based kilt-makers Claire and Mary will see you through the whole process from start to finish!

Craft Week: basket weaving, natural wool dyeing (using foraged plants), felting, botanical printing, paper making, batic dyeing, spoon making, as well as making your own firestick. We will run two Craft Weeks in 2022

Introduction to Timber Building: Come and learn all sorts of skills to help you build with wood! We will introduce the basic skills you need to build a timber structure from a combination of roundwood and milled timber. We will prepare the timbers and make a start on a structure to complement the beautiful shelter we built last year. Over the course of the week we will be covering design, measuring and laying out, tool use including, saws, drills, chisels and axes for hewing logs into square timbers. The course will cover some of the different ways you can join wood together, foundations, roofs and tool care.

Timber Framing: This course will pick up from the previous week and give a chance for people to hone their building skills and learn traditional joinery while building a timber structure. We will be covering axe hewing, building with round wood and milled timber, pegged mortice and tenon joints, bolted joints, walls, foundations, tool care – and raising a building during the week.

The approach during the courses is relaxed, with scheduled sessions covering different skills and plenty of time to then carry them on with our support during the rest of the day. If you really get into something, like hewing or peg making, you can spend the whole week doing it! We will start crafting about 9.30 and finish in the afternoon with time for walks, resting or of course just keeping going.



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 accommodation. Bringing this story into the present, 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 to register your interest.

Our Kilt Making week will run 18th to 23rd September 2022. The holiday will run Sunday to Friday at a cost of £750 per person including all materials. Please get in touch to book now.

Our Introduction to Timber Building week will run 5th to 10th June and our Timber Framing week will run from the 12th to 17th June 2022. The holiday will run Sunday to Friday at a cost of £600 per person. Please get in touch to book now.

Our Craft Weeks will be from the 26th June to 1st July and the 21st to 26th August 2022. The holiday will run Sunday to Friday at a cost of £500 per person. So please get in touch if you would like to book, as we book up fast.

Please get in touch if you are interested.

“I really liked the sort of laid back plan for the day. It was good focusing on one core activity for the day so you could get your teeth into it and come back with a finished product, but good to have the opportunity to learn, look into a few other things too.” – 2017 participant.


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