Introduction to Dry Stone Walling Course

Training Programes

We run three weekend training courses each year at our Training Sites at Helensburgh, Cardross and Kilsyth. The sites offers a range of interesting and challenging walling features for both the beginner and skilled waller.

We have a number of trained qualified instructors who are skilled in the craft. They will oversee the training, answer questions and provide advice throughout. The courses start at 9.00 and finish around 16.00 each day, with suitable breaks throughout the day.

The courses are very "hands on" and practical in nature, the accent is on the minimum of verbal instruction and learning by doing. The physical effort involved is not great, and at any rate help should always be asked from your walling colleagues if the stones are heavy to move.

Our Attendees Say

Testimonials
“Thanks!”

Thanks for the email and for organising the course.  It was really great, well run and rewarding with the right level of banter vs genuine learning.  Thanks again to all of you

Andy W

Andy W

“Well done”

A great course, a great weekend and a great photo. All the best.

M & R A

M & R A

“Brilliant day guys, yeah, looking forward to tomorrow, HONEST!”

Yes, very hard work, however very satisfying.  Yes, I may not jump out of the car when I arrive, however, I will be there.  Thanks again.

J E A

J E A

Course Information

Update, 20 July 2020:
We have unfortunately had to take the decision to suspend the final course of 2020 for safety reasons.
However, we have allocated the course dates for 2021 and we are taking reservations.  If you are reserved or confirmed on a 2020 course and wish to transfer please contact us and we’d be happy to transfer you.   Stay safe!
Update, 7 July 2020:
We are still taking reservations for Courses, although we are not asking for payment until the programme restarts.  Stay safe!
Update, 29 June 2020:
As the official guidance has not changed, we are continuing to suspend our walling events, including the upcoming  July 4/5 course, until further notice.  Please see the FAQ below for information
News, 18 March 2020:
Information about your reserved/confirmed Course options.

COVID19 Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ

What is happening with my course?
Unfortunately, due to these unprecedented times, the WSDSWA has decided to suspend all walling events, including upcoming training courses, until further notice. We are sure no one will be surprised by this and we hope all of you and your families stay safe and well over the coming months.
What about future courses?
We will be following government recommendations and at this stage we are freezing all future activities. Future courses for next year have free spaces.
Will I be able to book on future courses
Yes, you will be able to transfer your reservations and confirmed bookings to our future courses, including the same course next year.
How long will my voucher last?
We will be extending voucher Use-by dates so don’t worry about that – we want you to build walls with us!
Where will I find out any changes to courses etc?
We will update the Home page and Training page on the website. We will also email changes to everyone who has a reservation or confirmed booking.
News, 16 March 2020:
Due to these unprecedented times, the WSDSWA has decided to suspend all walling events, including the upcoming April course, until further notice.
We are sure no one will be surprised by this and we hope all of you and your families stay safe and well over the coming months.
Information about your reserved/confirmed Course options will appear here soon.

COVID19 Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

What is happening with my 2020 course?

Unfortunately, due to these unprecedented times, the WSDSWA has decided to suspend all walling events, including the 2020 courses, until further notice.

What about future courses?

We will be following government recommendations and at this stage we are freezing all future activities. Future courses for next year (2021) have been announced and have free spaces.

Will I be able to re-book on future courses?

Yes, you will be able to transfer your reservations and confirmed bookings to our future courses, including the same course next year.

I have a voucher. How long will my voucher last?

We will be extending voucher Use-by dates so don’t worry about that – we want you to build walls with us!

Where will I find out any changes to courses etc?

We will update the Training page on the website.   We will also email changes to everyone who has a reservation or confirmed booking.

Training Dates 2021

The Training Course Weekend Dates for 2021 are as follows:

Training Dates 2020

The Training Course Weekend Dates for 2020 have been suspended for COVID19 and safety reasons:

Please click on the course for location information

Our training courses are very popular and only cost £60 for the two days.

At this time you can pay with Internet Banking or by Cheque. We are currently setting up an on-line shop, so in the future you will also be able to pay by Debit or Credit Card. Details are on the Course Application form.

Places on each course are limited to a maximum of 20 per course

You must be over the age of 16 to join the course.

We are setting up an on-line shop, however at this time please follow this process.

  1. Apply for a place using the Reserve a Place button at the bottom of the Training page
  2. When you receive a confirmation of availability of a place (or places) on your requested course, please complete and complete and send the Course Application form and send it with your full course fee of £60 to confirm your place on the course.
    a. you can send the fee by bank transfer or send a cheque – we will provide details
    b. you can send the Course application form by post or on a scanned attachment via email – we will provide details
  3. You will be sent a confirmation that your place(s) have been reserved.

Yes, Gift Vouchers for the courses are available as well for £60 – which make an excellent present idea for a birthday or other occasion. These can be purchased using the Buy Voucher button or by contacting us at enquires@wsdswa.org.uk.   Gift vouchers can be used for any of the courses.  You do not need to nominate a particular course at time of purchase.

In applying for a place on the course you are required to confirm that you have read and understood the Walling Ways of Working Instructions which can be found in the How do I apply to join a course section above

You should also read the Beginners Guide which will help you understand the process for building a dry stone wall. It is an introduction to the Dry Stone Walling terms and techniques that will be taught on the course.

Yes!  Please download the Course Information document.  It contains detailed information.

Where we can, we will give you links to accommodation where previous attendees have stayed.  Click on the course to look at location information.