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


2021 Programme:

This year we will run two courses:

Craft Week: basket weaving, natural wool dyeing (using foraged plants), felting, preserving (pickles etc), spoon making, as well as making your own firestick.

Timber Framing: how to build a timber structure. We will be covering axe hewing, building with round wood and milled, pegged mortice and tenon joints, bolted joints, walls, foundations, tool care – basically everything you should need to create a shed or hut of your own.

The approach during the course 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 the basketry, 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 Timber Framing week will run from the 6th to 11th June 2021. The holiday will run Sunday to Friday at a cost of £450 per person. The Timber Framing week is fully booked for 2021, please keep in touch for our 2022 dates.

Our Craft Week will be from the 20th to the 25th June 2021. The holiday will run Sunday to Friday at a cost of £350 per person. We still have a few places, so please get in touch if you would like to book.

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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