Residential Outdoor Learning Experiences in Highland Scotland

We provide outdoor learning experiences for classes of up to 33 children at Primary and Secondary level. You can come for one to five days, prices start from £60/head/day. Our residentials can be linked to larger projects within the school using our digital learning resources through the My Shieling portal. Journals, photos and learning undertaken during the residential will be available here for further work after your trip.  A visit to the Shieling Project can link history, geography, sciences, language and enterprise, themes of sustainable development education, health and well-being and global citizenship, all anchored in a fun and memorable experience. We will work with you to tailor the learning to your curriculum plan, or subject areas, and the resources you will have access to before and after your visit will help you make the most of how we deliver the Curriculum for Excellence at the Shieling Project.


We will look back to a time when folk took the livestock up into the hills for the summer, making butter and cheese and staying in bothies until the autumn. This tells us a lot about young people in the past, their skills and resilience, relationship to the land and sense of place. And we will look forward, asking what this tradition can teach us now. If you come to learn with us you will find out how to cut and dry peats, restore shieling huts, gather natural dyes, weave and felt wool. You will learn about the place-names, create your own shieling poetry and stories, map the area, study the plants and animals, milk our cows and make butter and cheese. Our modern shieling inspired camp is a great place to learn about and take part in sustainable building, think about waste and energy use, and plant trees to help the woodland around us.

P7 feedback: When you think back to your stay, what do you remember?

“I remember having the time of my life and just feeling so alive and free. I thought the compost toilets was a great idea and they should be at school”

Click here to find out more about The Tradition of the Shieling, What to Bring, Food, and what you’ll find Around the Site. FAQs, Information leaflet and equipment list can be downloaded here.

We are now taking bookings for the academic year 2021/22, please get in touch with Sam to find out prices and book a place.
  • 07584855846
  • Dunmaglass, Struy, Beauly, Inverness-shire, IV4 7JX

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Photos by the Shieling Project, Mhairi Baird, George Logan and David Powell

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