Learn the Ancient Art of Drystone Walling on the Calf of Man: Residential Course

Help keep the traditional skills of dry stone walling alive on this 6 day workshop on the Calf of Man, led by David Fisher and Pat Griffiths.

  • Date 02/06/2024 — 07/06/2024
  • Location Calf of Man
  • Price £395

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.  The work will be concentrated on repairing a section of wall on the main track leading to “Spaghetti Junction”.

A return boat journey from Port St Mary via the seabird colonies at Sugarloaf will be included in the package, 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 will be required to share either a 2 or a 4 bed bunk room with 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.

During their stay, participants will have the opportunity to explore the Calf at their leisure.

Attendees will be required to supply their own safety boots/shoes and waterproofs.  It is recommended that participants bring sunscreen and sunhats.  Gloves and eye protection will be provided.  See other Visitor Guidance for more detailed information about staying on the Calf.

Travel information:

Sunday 2 June 2024.  Meet at 8.30am for 9am from Port St Mary Harbour

Returning from Calf of Man at 10am on Friday 7 June 2024

Bookings Information: 

To request a space, please email

Additional Information


Event location: Calf of Man

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