Today we visited The Shieling Project (an Àirigh) located at Glen Strathfarrar.(http://www.theshielingproject.org/)
We started the day with a woodland walk where we learned about the rocks, trees and plants in the local area. After a break we climbed a small hill to locate a ruined ‘shieling’ (a hut used whilst animals are pastured) and discussed its features. We drew sketches of what shielings would have looked like and listed the materials that they could be made from. Then, down at our base, we drew what a shieling could look like today. After lunch we constructed models of our shielings by using natural materials such as stone, willow, turf, mud, twigs and more. It was lovely to see the class enjoying themselves, working together and learning new things AND well done to those who used a composting toilet for the first time!!
A big thank you to Dr Sam Harrison for leading the activities and to Carina and Mrs Russell for accompanying us.