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Course code: DSW2

Building and Repairing Dry Stone Walls - Advanced Level

under Landscape Management – Design, Maintenance And Repair under Boundary Management

Duration: 2 daysLocation: Fyvie Castle, Aberdeenshire
Date: TBCTime: 9.30am – 4.30pm

About the Course

Aimed at private individuals, professionals and those involved in landscape conservation and enhancement projects, this 2-day course builds on the foundation course and assumes delegates already have a basic knowledge of walling.  This course covers all theory and practical aspects of building dry stone walls. The course includes:

  • Safety briefing
  • Tools used in dry stone walling
  • Material selection and wall construction theory
  • The internal framework of dry stone walls
  • Site preparation
  • Basic techniques for dry stone wall construction
  • Restoring and repairing dry stone walls
  • Building wall ends to allow for openings and gateways
  • Introduction of special features and/ or constructing a curved wall

Given the practical nature of the course those attending are required to wear stout footwear (preferably steel toe-capped) and outdoor clothing. Boiler suits, hard hats, safety goggles and gloves are provided. 

Lecturer: Euan Thompson

The course is being led by Euan Thompson, a highly skilled and experienced Dry Stone Waller and Instructor who, in addition to his work with the Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre, has carried out numerous highly successful walling projects for a wide range of private and public sector clients, including contract work for the National Trust for Scotland.

Benefits for your organisation

There is a growing demand for the repair and preservation of dry stone walls. Meeting this demand offers the opportunity to extend the service offer of companies engaged in the construction sector. 

Benefits for you as an individual

Practical hands on experience for those wishing to build or enhance their existing skills and capability in conservation, repair and maintenance projects. Instruction is provided by Master Craftsmen and experienced instructors who are members of the Dry Stone Walling Association. 

Who this course is most suited to

Aimed at Private Individuals, Estate and Farm Staff, Construction Industry Professionals and Restoration Specialists, and those involved in landscape conservation, regeneration and enhancement projects.


Advanced training and practical application.


Tuition, course materials, lunch and light refreshments

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