Romancing the stones
Lots of love for building course
STEPHEN NORRIS Eleven participants took part in a drystane dyking training course hosted by Loch Arthur Farm, Beeswing at the weekend.
Organised by the South West Scotland Branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association, the training was provided by professional dyker Niall Baird.
Mr Baird supervised the dismantling of a partly fallen dyke for the apprentice dykers to learn about essential elements of a traditional dyke – copes, cover stones, through stones, hearting and foundations.
With their new found knowledge the students of all ages enthusiastically rebuilt the drystane dyke to a high standard.
Branch chairman Nic Coombey said: “There is a renewed interest in traditional rural crafts that make our countryside what it is today.”
The association will be running two more courses later in the year.
Meanwhile, Newton Stewart Walking Festival will have a drystane dyking theme to some of the walks this year.
The programme includes an evening talk on the topic of Drystane Dykes in the Galloway Landscape.
Stonework A beginners course in drystane dyking was held at Loch Arthur Farm