In older times, the beginning of May was when many groups in Scotland and Ireland took their flocks and herds to higher pastures for the summer. There were several practical reasons for making this move.
First, sheep do this by instinct. Second, the newly planted crops needed protection from the grazing animals. Third, the practice made good use of land that was not suitable for farming but sufficient for grazing.
In Ireland, going to the upper pastures was called buaile or booley; in the Highlands, it was known as the sheiling. In both cases, the same term referred to the huts used in summer.
Myself, my spouse, and my children,
My tender children and their beloved mother at their head.
On the fragrant plain, on the gay mountain sheiling,
On the fragrant plain, on the gay mountain sheiling.
Within The Sheiling we have six studio/workshop spaces, two are occupied - Ella's Café
and Skye Brewery Online
, one available now for immediate occupancy. The other three studios are a 'work in progress' and will be available soon.
Studios are approximately 12.5 square meters, suitable for a maximum of two people occupancy. Separate shared rest room and toilet facilities plus basic heat, light and insurance are included in our very reasonable rates.
We also offer free business mentorship and advice to all our tenants to help guide them on the road to success.