Drystone Walling on the Calf of Man

Head to the Calf of Man for a staycation with a difference.

  • Date 05/06/2022 — 11/06/2022
  • Time 12:20pm departure time by boat from Port St Mary
  • Location Calf of Man
  • Price £375 per person

The Isle of Man has a fine tradition of drystone walling and this short course will be an excellent opportunity for attendees to gain basic drystone walling skills in the wonderful setting of the Calf of Man.

Led by David Fisher and Pat Griffiths, experienced drystone wallers who have been responsible for rebuilding many drystone walls on the Calf, the course will be a hands-on opportunity to gain experience and confidence in drystone walling techniques.

Included in the package is your return boat journey from Port St Mary via the seabird colonies at Sugarloaf, along with 5 night’s self-catering hostel standard accommodation in the 1878 Calf of Man farmhouse where the Bird Observatory is located.

Accommodation is limited and course participants must be aged 18 years and over. The accommodation consists of either a 2 or a 4 bed bunk room. Single bookings are available and we will assign rooms based on others of the same gender.

Participants are encouraged to cater communally for their main meal where possible and with the agreement of those applying for the course, contact details of attendees will be shared in advance to allow meals to be planned and any dietary requirements or allergies to be confirmed.

In addition to the course there will also be ample opportunity for individuals to explore the Calf and see its historical features and natural beauty at your own leisure.


Please note: areas of the Calf have more challenging terrain and excursions to these areas will require participants to be able to walk over rough ground and have a reasonable level of fitness.

Attendees should bring their own safety boots/shoes and waterproofs.  It is recommended that participants bring sunscreen and sunhats. As weather conditions can at times be inclement it is advisable to bring suitable warm clothing.

Gloves and eye protection will be provided.



How to book your place: please e-mail and advise your name, contact e-mail and phone number and how many people you want to book for including their names. You’ll be sent an e-mail within 2 working days with confirmation of your place and details on how to pay for your place.


Image credit: Mike Radcliffe


Event location: Calf of Man

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