Member Events

Throughout the year, members of the Central Scotland branch of the DSWA are invited to help us build a variety of dry stone projects across the country.

If you’d like to find out more about becoming a member of the Central Scotland branch of the DSWA, head over to our New Members section.

See the calendar below for what’s coming up in the year ahead or download our full programme and travel directions from the following links:

CSB Programme 2019

CSB Venues 2019

Apr
27
Sat
[Course Full] Beginners’ Training Course in Dry Stone Walling @ South Mains Farm, Forfar
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – Apr 28 @ 4:30 pm
[Course Full] Beginners' Training Course in Dry Stone Walling @ South Mains Farm, Forfar | Scotland | United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE: This course is now full. If you would like to attend one of our courses, but our other dates and locations are not suitable, please let us know via our contact page.

What you will learn

Working as part of a team, you will learn to dismantle and rebuild a section of old or damaged wall using traditional skills and techniques over two days. Our qualified instructors will teach you:

  • Health & Safety – How to stay safe when working with stone
  • Stripping out & sorting stone – How to dismantle and lay out stone safely and efficiently
  • Laying foundations – How to prepare and lay strong foundations for your wall
  • Setting bars & lines – How to ensure your wall runs straight
  • First lift & hearting – How to select and lay stones and the importance of hearting
  • Through-stones – How to tie your wall together with through-stones
  • Second Lift – How to build and level to full height
  • Cover bands & Cope Stones – How to finish off your wall with cover bands and cope stones

What we provide

  • All the equipment required to build a wall
  • Expert tuition

What you’ll need to bring

  • Warm old clothing
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. While we hope for good weather, we prepare for the worst.
  • Stout shoes or boots, preferably with steel toe caps. If you are wearing wellies then they must have toe protection.
  • Sturdy robust gloves. We recommend getting a pair of builders gloves like these. (Similar gloves are available from other DIY and tool suppliers)
  • Safety glasses/goggles. There will be safety goggles available,  but if you have a pair, bring them along.
  • Tea/Coffee/Water. It’s thirsty work and we’ll stop for regular breaks.
  • Lunch is generously provided by Cambo House at no extra cost, including soup, sandwich and tea or coffee, though if you have any specific dietary requirements, please let us know when applying and we will advise accordingly. We recommend bringing your own refreshments and snacks for morning and afternoon breaks.

Who can do it

We encourage everyone to give it a try, but due to the nature of working with heavy stone, the course is only for people over the age of 16. If you have any questions about whether this would be suitable for you, please feel free to get in touch and we can advise accordingly.

What it costs

The course costs £90 per person, starting at 9am and finishing at 4pm on both days.

Booking and Payment

To book a place, simply click on “Tickets” or go straight to our booking form and fill in our application form, making sure to enter your full name, address and a contact telephone number before selecting which event you wish to attend.

Once submitted, one of our members will be in touch to confirm your booking and provide you with a form which you will need to print and sign before returning to us with your payment via cheque.

Cheques are payable to “DSWA – Central Scotland Branch”.  Unfortunately we are not able to take card payments.

Your payment will book your place on the course. In the event that you need to cancel, please provide at least 24 hours notice and we will be happy to provide a full refund.

Buying as a gift

If you would like to purchase one of our courses as a gift for someone, please tick the “Purchasing as a gift” box on the application form and fill out the recipients details.

Directions

From the A90 just south of Forfar turn right on to the A932 signed Arbroath then in a few yards turn right again at Lochlands Restaurant and caravan park. This road bends sharply left.  From here South Mains farm is the first on the right.  From the North on A90, the road is signed Ladenford and Lour. Then follow directions as above.

South Mains Members’ Practice @ South Mains Farm
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – Apr 28 @ 4:00 pm

South Mains farm near Forfar has been a favourite location for members’ practice days since August 2017.  This April members will be working alongside 8 trainees who will be enjoying a 2 day Introduction to Drystone Walling course.

From the A90 just south of Forfar turn east on to the A932 signed Arbroath, then in a few yards turn right again at Lochlands Restaurant and caravan park.  The road bends sharply left.  South Mains farm is the first on the right.  From the North on A90 the road is signed Ladenford and Lour.

May
4
Sat
Camserney Farm Repair @ Camserney Farm
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This will be the first of two days working at Camserney.  It will involve repairing a 3 metre stretch of  wall.  The wall above, in a neighbouring garden, will give you an idea of the kind of stone in the area – although not its weight!

Soup and Sandwiches will be available.

Camserney:  PH15 2JG From Aberfeldy, take the B846 towards Kinloch Rannoch.  Three miles from the centre of Aberfeldy a road to the RHS is signed Camserney. DO NOT take this road; take the next RH turn after it, up farm track and park as directed. . S & S.

May
11
Sat
Cambo Members’ Practice @ Cambo Estate
May 11 @ 9:00 am – May 12 @ 4:00 pm

We have been working on Cambo Estate for many years and each year there is also at least one training course.  In May members will be continuing working on the new build in the car park opposite the stable block.  Soup and sandwiches provided.

Follow the brown signs on A917 from St Andrews-Crail road.  Cambo is one mile south of Kingsbarns.

Jun
8
Sat
Castlandhill, Rosyth (S&S) @ Castlandhill House
Jun 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Castlandhill has become a favourite and regular venue for members.  Challenging stone and an excellent lunch are  on offer.  This year we will be working on a basalt wall in woodland.

The entrance is on Ferry Toll Road, take the last turn-off before the bridge and follow signs for Rosyth and then for Rosyth Europark.  Go through white gateposts about 200 yards west from the 2nd last roundabout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun
22
Sat
Stonefest at Murton @ Murton Nature Reserve
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

It’s a long time since the branch worked at Murton – the wall below was build under the tutelage of Dave Brown in 2005.

Since then, thanks to the vision of the two founding trustees, many changes have taken place to restore the land to a high environmental standard.  Today it is a thriving nature reserve, providing educational opportunities for people of all ages.  See www.murtontrust.org.uk

Stonefest will be a celebration of stone and will include:

  • A presentation by David F Wilson, public artist, designer and waller
  • the opportunity to: build a mini-wall or an inukshuk
  • watch demonstrations of walling, look at displays, pick up leaflets,
  • chat to members of the Central Scotland Branch and find out about local training courses.

From Forfar follow the A932 for Arbroath for approx 2 miles. You will pass Forfar golf course on the right.  Just before the sign for the Kookaburra Restaurant, turn left as indicated by the brown sign.

 

 

 

 

Jul
6
Sat
Camserney Farm Build @ Camserney Farm
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This will be the second of two days working at Camserney.  It will involve building a 3 metre stretch of  wall.  The wall above, in a neighbouring garden, will give you an idea of the kind of stone in the area – although not its weight!

Soup and Sandwiches will be available.

Camserney:  PH15 2JG From Aberfeldy, take the B846 towards Kinloch Rannoch.  Three miles from the centre of Aberfeldy a road to the RHS is signed Camserney. DO NOT take this road; take the next RH turn after it, up farm track and park as directed. . S & S.

Jul
20
Sat
Beginners’ Training Course in Dry Stone Walling @ Blackruthven, Huntingtower
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – Jul 21 @ 4:30 pm
Beginners' Training Course in Dry Stone Walling @ Blackruthven, Huntingtower | United Kingdom

Located just outside Perth, our training site at Blackruthven is the perfect place to learn the traditional craft of dry stone walling.

What you will learn

Working as part of a team, you will learn to dismantle and rebuild a section of old or damaged wall using traditional skills and techniques over two days. Our qualified instructors will teach you:

  • Health & Safety – How to stay safe when working with stone
  • Stripping out & sorting stone – How to dismantle and lay out stone safely and efficiently
  • Laying foundations – How to prepare and lay strong foundations for your wall
  • Setting bars & lines – How to ensure your wall runs straight
  • First lift & hearting – How to select and lay stones and the importance of hearting
  • Through-stones – How to tie your wall together with through-stones
  • Second Lift – How to build and level to full height
  • Cover bands & Cope Stones – How to finish off your wall with cover bands and cope stones

What we provide

  • All the equipment required to build a wall
  • Expert tuition

What you’ll need to bring

  • Warm old clothing
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. While we hope for good weather, we prepare for the worst.
  • Stout shoes or boots, preferably with steel toe caps. If you are wearing wellies then they must have toe protection.
  • Sturdy robust gloves. We recommend getting a pair of builders gloves like these. (Similar gloves are available from other DIY and tool suppliers)
  • Safety glasses/goggles. There will be safety goggles available,  but if you have a pair, bring them along.
  • Tea/Coffee/Water. It’s thirsty work and we’ll stop for regular breaks.
  • Packed Lunch. Walling requires a lot of physical energy so we recommend bringing plenty of food and snacks to keep you going through the day. We do offer soup & sandwiches at some of our events but some locations are too remote to provide this. When booking your course, check to see if you need to bring your own lunch.

Who can do it

We encourage everyone to give it a try, but due to the nature of working with heavy stone, the course is only for people over the age of 16. If you have any questions about whether this would be suitable for you, please feel free to get in touch and we can advise accordingly.

What it costs

The course costs £90 per person, starting at 9am and finishing at 4pm on both days.

Booking and Payment

Simply fill in our application form here, making sure to enter your full name, address and a contact telephone number before selecting which event you wish to attend.

Once submitted, one of our members will be in touch to confirm your booking and provide you with a form which you will need to print and sign before returning to us with your payment via cheque.

Cheques are payable to “DSWA – Central Scotland Branch”.  Unfortunately we are not able to take card payments.

Your payment will book your place on the course. In the event that you need to cancel, please provide at least 24 hours notice and we will be happy to provide a full refund.

Buying as a gift

If you would like to purchase one of our courses as a gift for someone, please tick the “Purchasing as a gift” box on the application form and fill out the recipients details.

Directions:

Blackruthven Is off the A85 Perth-Crieff road, at west Huntingtower. Go south, signed Tibbermore & Madderty. A mile along on the LHS is the Bield Centre; immediately before that entrance is a farm track which will be DSWA signposted.

Blackruthven Members’ Practice @ Blackruthven
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – Jul 21 @ 4:00 pm

Members will be working alongside the trainees on the annual visit to Blackruthven.  A great opportunity to work on a stretch of farm dyke with easily manageable stone.

Blackruthven is off the A85 Perth-Crieff road, at west Huntingtower. Go south, signed Tibbermore & Madderty. A mile along on the LHS is the Bield Centre; immediately before that entrance on RHS is a farm track which will be DSWA signposted.

Aug
4
Sun
Burmieston Farm @ Burmieston Farm
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – Aug 5 @ 4:00 pm

Burmieston proved to be a popular venue last year, with varied and challenging stone.  This year, we will continue to repair some of the old walls around the farm and steading.

Note this event is on a Sunday and Monday.

Burmieston provides a venue and accommodation and aims to be as eco-friendly, sustainable and organic as possible.

From Perth take the A9 north to junction B8063 and exit left towards Battleby and Logiealmond.  After 4 miles the road bends sharply left. Continue straight ahead towards Little Glenshee.  After 2 miles turn right to Burmieston.