Trust teaches dry stone dyking
by Alastair Hamilton -
Dry-stone dykes are seen in every corner of Shetland and the art of building them is very much alive.
Three one-day dyking courses were recently held at Sumburgh Head, where new dykes are being constructed in connection with the renovation of the lighthouse. Stonemason, Robbie Arthur, led 25 participants through the techniques involved, giving them a good understanding of the principles.
Many new dry stone dykes have been built in Shetland in recent years. Some have been included in public projects or in art installations but many householders have also constructed them to provide more shelter in gardens and add an attractive feature to their property.
Further courses are likely to follow if there is sufficient demand.