Introduction to Dry Stone Walling Course

Training Programmes

We run three weekend training courses each year at our Training Sites at around the West of Scotland. We change one location every few years - our permanent locations for the next few years are 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
“The weekends’ course”

I just wanted to send a quick thank you to all the trainers who supported what was a great weekend learning about Dry Stone Walling.
While I appreciate this is very much a first step into understanding the basics, I certainly came away with a number of learnings from the weekend.
I felt the trainers were superb and extremely knowledgeable, helpful and encouraging without doing it for us.
A great bunch of people who participated in the course and were happy to enjoy a little light banter throughout the day also.
Thank you once again and hopefully, I will be able to attend another course at a later date.
Best Regards, Bill

Bill G (Apr 2022)

Bill G (Apr 2022)

“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 1 August 2022:
We are currently processing the attendees for Course 3  (Aug 27/28). If you are on the attendee list you will receive an email. If you don’t have a voucher and haven’t paid, you will have 10 days to pay before we offer your place to someone from the waitlist.
If you are on the waitlist, we will let you know when spaces come up. Places can come up even in the week before the course, so please keep an eye on your email (and spam/junk folder) if you are keen to get on a course.
For members, we are endeavouring to add more community events to the programme but many community organisations are still getting up to speed after the pandemic restrictions were lifted.

Training Dates 2022

Course 1 – April 2/3 – Kilsyth
Course 2 is fully booked but please use the Reserve button below to be added to the waitlist.
Course 3 – August 27/28 – Kilsyth
Course 3 is fully booked but please use the Reserve button below to be added to the waitlist.
Please click on the course above for location information

Our training courses are very popular and only cost £95 for the two-day workshop.

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 £95 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 £95 – 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 the time of purchase.
Gift Vouchers are valid for 12 months, but with COVID we are extending all expiry dates by an appropriate time while there are restrictions.

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.

Because of the COVID19 pandemic and rapid government restrictions, we realise that people may not be able to attend specific courses if the dates and circumstances change quickly. We will be as flexible as possible, allowing transfers to future courses and refunds as appropriate.

If we are fully booked we operate a waitlist to help people get onto a course if spaces open up – and will contact you very close to the date if you make it to the top of the queue.

At the end of season, you can also be added to a list to be notified when the new courses are added for the new year.    Please use the Request Email Notification of New Courses button below to be added to the waitlist.