Introduction to Drystane Dyking

What is special about this course?

This course is targeted at those working (or wishing to work) in farm, Estate or general building maintenance and/or horticulture, who wish to extend their skills to include the building and repair of dry stone walls.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. You will need to bring safety boots and gloves.

• Health and safety considerations • Principles, techniques and tools • Selection of stone • Foundations, batter boards and lines • Repairs and gapping • Corners and wall ends

How will I study my course?

  • Short course

The course will take place mostly out of doors, on a site chosen to allow practice in both building and repair skills.

How long will my course last?

This course can be scheduled in any of our college centres. Please call for information and to register your interest.

Where can I study my course?

    • Auchtertyre
    • Broadford
    • Fort William
    • Gairloch
    • Kilchoan
    • Kinlochleven
    • Mallaig
    • Portree
    • Strontian
    • Ullapool

Start date

Please call for information and to register your interest.


This course costs £150. This will include a comprehensive set of course notes.


A Fee Waiver or funding of up to £200 could be available to help with payment of course fees, depending on your personal circumstances.

This support will be available for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. To be eligible, you must have income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits.

You will also not be undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

Please contact your local college centre for more information about eligibility, or call us on 01397 874000.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course will boost your CV if you are seeking employment in the land-based sector.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Introduction to Drystane Dyking

To apply for this course, please contact your

local college centre.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI West Highland. UHI West Highland operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.