Craft Holidays In The Scottish Highlands
Come and make something beautiful with the Shieling Project! From weaving a basket with willow, to building turf walls, and making ice-cream in the dairy we have loads of things to get stuck into. You will work with inspiring craftspeople, and 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.
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
This year we will be doing basket weaving, natural wool dyeing (using foraged plants), felting, turf building, preserving (pickles etc), spoon making, as well as making your own firestick. You will be able to start these activities during scheduled sessions and then carry them on with our support during the rest of the time. If you really get into something, like the basketry, 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.
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
Due to Covid-19 our 2020 Craft Week was cancelled. We will be announcing our dates for 2021 in August. Please get in touch if you are interested. The holiday will run Sunday to Friday at a cost of £350 per person.
“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.