The Shieling Project, an award-winning off-grid social enterprise in the Scottish Highlands, offers a range of unique holiday experiences.
Your ‘slow adventure’ comprises five days and five nights in the stunning isolation of Glen Strathfarrar, near Beauly, with inspiring craftspeople, ecologists and musicians.
With weeks for adults, families or children, participants will follow traditional processes, learning the Gaelic working song for the task at hand. For example, starting with weaving baskets from willow, gathering plants and lichens with those baskets, using them to dyeing wool and then weaving the wool. Also included is story-telling, green-building, outdoor cooking, looking after our livestock and wild foraging.
The ‘shieling’ story is at the heart of the project, where people went into the hills and moors for the summers to graze the cows, gathering, spinning and weaving the summer plants and produce, all with a song to fit. Why not follow this age old cycle and get back outdoors with the Shieling Project.
Project Manager Dr Sam Harrison says “Our experiences combine an immersion into our rich heritage of landscape, song and story with a wonderfully restful and rewarding holiday”
Newly completed bespoke bothy accommodation combines the classic tin bothy with a beautifully simple modern finish. Organic and local food cooked outdoors, is arguably the most important part of the holiday!
Those who take part will not only return with what they have made, but the skills to carry those crafts on at home