The Shieling Project is an off-grid learning centre in the Highlands of Scotland

Do you want to live sustainably, learn new skills, and spend time outside? Learn how to milk a cow, weave a basket, build a bothy or investigate our recent past at our off-grid learning centre. Come outdoors and get stuck into the shieling life with us.

The Shieling Project is an off-grid learning centre in the Highlands of Scotland.  We have two sites – in Glen Strathfarrar near Beauly, and in Gartymore near Helmsdale. The project is all about outdoor living – from looking after our livestock to making real buildings and weaving baskets to making burgers from the meat we have raised here. You can help with seasonal tasks like planting, moving the cattle, making hay, or harvesting the crops. 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. Alongside our schools provision, we offer lots of courses and events throughout the year from craft weeks to family camps.

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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.

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If you have been to the Shieling Project, you might have noticed that we have dedications on each of our modern bothies. Each bothy is dedicated to an inspirational person who has a strong connection to the Scottish Highlands. These are: 
Colin Macleod, founder of the GalGael Trust;
Pipe Major Willie Ross (who lived in the house on site at the Shieling Project);
Iain R.Thomson, Author and local farmer
Dr Margaret Bennet, Singer, Folklorist and Writer
Frank Fraser-Darling, Agricultural Advisor; and 
Màiri Mhòr, Poet & Songwriter

You can learn more about them by reading our dedications on site. 

Who would be on your inspiration list?We were delighted to host Calum Maclean and the BBC Alba team at the Shieling Project last summer for @speakgaelic . They joined one of our Duke of Edinburgh camps and the footage will be shown later on this season. Keep an eye out for us!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0dv35xv/speakgaelic-series

#speakgaelic #theshielingprojectFrom April we will have a Gaelic Education Manager in post. We believe the Shieling Project has a huge potential to inspire all its visitors to appreciate and learn Gaelic. From the stories, songs and place-names of shieling life, to inclusion of Gaelic within tasks and routines around the site, the project can show fluent speakers, learners and those totally new to the language the rich weave of Gaelic within the landscape. With funding from @bordnagaidhlig we've been able to realise that vision and we are looking forward to sharing more with you once our Gaelic Education Manager is in post.A visit to the project is a great opportunity to get hands on with crofting and farming of the past as well as looking to the future, where low carbon, local food and regenerative farming systems are key parts of a resilient rural landscape.
Until recently one of the most popular crops of the Highlands and Islands was bere barley (pronounced bear). It is said to have grown in the UK as far back as the 8th or 9th century making it the oldest continuously grown crop in the UK.

#theshielingproject #shielinglife #sustainablescotland #Scotland #craftingcoursesscotland #ecofriendly #foodresilienceThe Shieling Project has been fortunate to work with a range of volunteers who have donated their time and expertise to help make the project what it is. The directors of the project are volunteers as are our advisors. Many come on board after attending a course or workshop or school visit at the site. There are lots of different ways to volunteer at the project. You can come along to a volunteer day or weekend or if you want to immerse yourself in the Shieling Project there are opportunities to come and live at the project and support staff delivering our residentials and camps. 
If you feel like you have skills that could help us run the Shieling Project please get in touch. For information on volunteer days and weekends, keep an eye on our socials. Our first one this year will be a willow harvesting day in early Spring. 

Image by @abelmclindenIt's day 6 of our post a day for the month of January and we wanted to tell you more about how the project is set up. We are a social enterprise. A social enterprise is a business that is dedicated to pursuing a social or environmental mission. Our project is not-for-profit and our community impact is monitored on a yearly basis. That means we charge for our services but all that money goes into running the project. The team hope the Shieling Project can inspire others with similar ideas to make them a reality and deliver real and lasting change to their communities. 
#theshielingproject #shielinglife #sustainablescotland #socialenterprisescotland

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31 Jan 23We hope you've enjoyed our month of posts all about the Shieling Project. We do post regularly on social media but you can also sign up to get our newsletter (which comes out roughly 4x/year). Head over to https://t.co/0FguwOQKgV & scroll down to the bottom of the page to sign up
30 Jan 23If you have visited us, you might have noticed that we have dedications on each of our modern bothies. Each one is dedicated to an inspirational person who has a strong connection to the Highlands. You can learn more by reading our dedications on site. 
Who would be on your list? https://t.co/oxQR1EFH6kIf you have visited us, you might have noticed that we have dedications on each of our modern bothies. Each one is dedicated to an inspirational person who has a strong connection to the Highlands. You can learn more by reading our dedications on site. Who would be on your list? https://t.co/oxQR1EFH6k
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