Drystane Dyking

Dry Stone Walling stretches back to the village of Skara Brae in the Orkneys, and the Iron Age brochs of Northern and Western Scotland.  Use of this ancient craft is found where large quantities of rock and stone outcrop, and especially where trees and hedges do not grow easily, which is why dry stone walls are most prominent in Northern and Western Britain.

This certificated course by SQA introduces the Drystane Dyker to:

  • Types of dykes and their construction
  • Tools used and dyking terminology
  • Safety
  • Knowledge of construction and repair procedures

It is aimed at anyone wishing to acquire practical dyking techniques who are physically fit and able.  Upon successful completion of the course students are awarded an SQA certificate.

Students are taught at Elmwood House and at Elmwood Campus Farm for a period of five days, six hours a day.  Gloves and eye protectors will be supplied.  Please wear old clothes!

Cost (5 days):£320

This course is approved for funding through ILA (Individual Learning Account) Scotland

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