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TITLE
Summer Shielings
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_235_P001
PLACENAME
Lewis
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS
DATE OF IMAGE
1875
PERIOD
1870s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31045
KEYWORDS
shielings
dwellings
huts
cattles
summers
summer grazings
beehive houses
houses
moors
hills
Summer Shielings

Summer shielings were common in the Western Isles. During the summer the cattle were taken to summer grazings out on the moors or the hills. It was usually the young women who went with them while the men were out fishing. Out on the moors the women lived in huts known as shielings or, in Gaelic, an airigh.

The shielings were made from stone or turf as wood was scarce. They were simple dwellings and had only the bare essentials for living. Chairs and tables were improvised and beds were made of heather.

This illustration was taken from 'Lewsiana or Life in the Outer Hebrides' by W Anderson Smith

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Summer Shielings

ROSS

1870s

shielings; dwellings; huts; cattles; summers; summer grazings; beehive houses; houses; moors; hills

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Summer shielings were common in the Western Isles. During the summer the cattle were taken to summer grazings out on the moors or the hills. It was usually the young women who went with them while the men were out fishing. Out on the moors the women lived in huts known as shielings or, in Gaelic, an airigh.<br /> <br /> The shielings were made from stone or turf as wood was scarce. They were simple dwellings and had only the bare essentials for living. Chairs and tables were improvised and beds were made of heather.<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'Lewsiana or Life in the Outer Hebrides' by W Anderson Smith