The Sheiling

What is a Sheiling

A Shieling was a temporary dwelling, usually for women and children, who took their livestock into the hills to graze in the summer.

When we built our shieling, we copied the original builders and only used materials which are found close to hand. The 'cruck' timbers, the large branches of oak and alder which support the roof, were cut in the forest close to the Cashel buildings.

The walls are made from stones from the burn and turf from the hill. The roof is made from alder, birch, hazel, rowan and ash, thatched with bundles of bracken and broom collected from around the shieling site. If you look carefully into the roof timbers you can see our 'midge repellent' bunches of bog myrtle, strung from the thatch.

A good place to take the weight of your feet, it is situated approximately half way round walk 2 and also offers the walker a welcome rest before continuing walk 3.




Cashel has a rich history of shieling life and there are lots of ruins to be found on the hills here. In 2005 a team of archaeologists looked at seven sites at Airigh Sheilich, meaning Shieling of the willows, high above Cashel farm.  Our shieling has been constructed using this evidence.