Traditional skills on display at Fyvie

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A TWO-DAY course turning the spotlight on the skill of dry stone walling will be held at Fyvie Castle next week.

On Thursday and Friday, the Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre will provide hands-on instruction and training in the skills and techniques involved in building and repairing dry stone walls.

Aimed at private individuals, estate and farm staff, construction industry professionals and those involved in landscape conservation and enhancement projects, the course will be limited to 12 participants.

The centre’s executive director, Marc Ellington, said: “The centre, which is a charity located at Fyvie Castle, has been established to provide education and training directed towards equipping individuals and organisations with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the conservation, repair and maintenance requirements of our built and landscape heritage.”

A certificate will be awarded acknowledging the successful completion of the course.

It will be led by George Gunn, an award-winning DSWA Master Craftsman, who has been a professional member of the Drystone Walling Association since 1983.

The course itself will run from 9.30am until 4:30pm on both days.The fee is £175 per delegate.

For further information, or to reserve a place on the course, contact the Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre on 01888 511 347 or visit

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