New build wall in Ord, Isle of Skye

Shona McLeod

Shona McLeod
10 & 11 Black Park
Isle of Skye
IV49 9DE

01471 822 865

07483 238 669


Welcome to my website.

Steps in rebuilt wall in Sleat, Isle of Skye

My interest in stonework goes back a long way, starting with my great grandfather and his father before him who were both Borders stonemasons. I have been building with stone for the past 11 years and have achieved the DSWA Advanced Certificate. My aim is to continue my training to become a Master Craftswoman. I am now qualified as a dry stone walling teacher and I am qualified (DSWA Level 1) to instruct beginners and intermediates in dry stone walling.

My professional interest in dry stone walling started when I built a 40 metre wall from scratch around my garden. When this wall started to collapse I contacted Dave Goulder, a master craftman from Sutherland for advice and attended a training weekend. After this I attended more training courses and Dave then suggested that I sit formal exams to become qualified in dry stone walling.

My practical experience in drystone walling covers a wide range of structures including:- high garden walls (Columba 1400 centre in North Skye), curved walls, retaining walls, steps, inset seats, stone stiles, retaining curved flower beds, raised dry stone beds for gardens and walls built on sloping ground.

Curved wall in Caithness flag

Born and brought up in the Highlands of Scotland, I have chosen this line of work because of my keen interest in and desire to retain the ancient tradition of drystone walling by creating beautiful structures which should last for many years.

As part of my training I spent eight weeks with Caithness based Master Craftsman George Gunn. In preparation of the next level of my dry stone walling certification, I was in Thurso for advanced training sessions from George which have been sponsored through the Working for Families scheme. If I pass this exam I will be one of the few women in Scotland to achieve this level in dry stone walling.

A curved wall in Jurassic limestone

A curved wall in Jurassic limestone - Lower Breakish, Skye