South West Scotland Branch

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Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain

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Courses 2019

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June 2019 at Ainslie Park, Girvan.


We were back at the sandstone wall in Girvan which, initially, was poorly constructed and was showing signs of needing a lot of repair. Unfortunately we do have a finite amount of stone available and so it has to be well thought out to be rebuilt in the traditional dry stone style. Six trainees were booked onto the course but one had to pull out due to personal circumstances. However, the five people left were more than ready to tackle this unusual rebuild. Niall Baird was the instructor over the two days and lead the trainees well in that time. The weather over the weekend was blazing hot sunshine with a steady breeze to take some of the heat away. The wall was succesfully completed to a stronger and more durable standard and the trainees were very happy with all thay had achieved.

September 2019 at Rainton Farm, Gatehouse of Fleet


We were once again back at Rainton Farm for the last course of the season. 15 trainees signed up for the weekend with Niall Baird and Nic Coombey instructing. Most of the trainees had dykes of their own and were looking to learn to maintain them. As we had such a large group they were split up and worked on two separate sections of the dyke. The weather was a mix of sunshine and grey skies over the weekend but the rain managed to stay away. The groups took it upon themselves to have a competition about who could do the rebuild the fastest but at the end of the weekend they completed the task at the same time. All 15 of the trainees got on very well and agreed to meet up after the course to work on each others dykes.

April 2019 at Loch Arthur, Beeswing, Dumfries.


We had 11 trainees and two branch members at Loch Arhtur over the two days who were instructed by Niall Baird and Nic Coombey. The farm manager, Peter, had indicated a section of field dyke which was in need of repair and so we used that for the course. The trainees stripped out and rebuilt approximately 20ms over the weekend and, in typical Scottish style, the weather was a good mix of wind, sun, hailstones and rain. This never dampened their enthusiasm for the task and a great weekend was had by all.