At the Shieling Project we are very excited about shielings! We think that they are a great story through which to explore heritage and sustainability. 

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.

I thought it was a good day because I was happy; I learnt, I laughed, I played” P7 pupil


We provide learning experiences for classes of up to 33 children at Primary or Secondary level. You can come for one to five days. Our residentials can be linked to larger projects within the school using our digital learning resources through the My Shieling portal.  A visit to the Shieling Project can link history, geography, sciences, language and enterprise, themes of sustainable development education 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.

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