Itinerary for 2018 Festival

The festival will be taking place at Thurso beach / harbour.

Thursday 19th July

Informal arrival evening in Ferry Inn, Scrabster.

Ferry Inn Pub Map

Friday 20th July

9 am meet on site at Thurso Harbour. Housekeeping and Health and Safety Briefing.  Start building the drystone feature.

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Refreshments at 11 am, lunch of soup and sandwiches at 1 pm – 1.30 pm.

Refreshments available all afternoon.

Finished by 4.30 pm.

4.45pm Tea and baking in the Tempest Café at the Harbour where we will be showing a 30 minute DVD documentary by Roland Keates called ‘ If Walls Could Talk’.

Afterwards a short guided tour of nearby Old St. Peters Church which dates to 1125.

Saturday 21st July

9am meet at Harbour, briefing. Continue building stone feature.

Refreshments 11 am,  Lunch 1 pm – 1.30 pm.

Refreshments available all afternoon.

Free stone painting for children  adjacent to building area.  1pm – 4pm

Stone lettering demonstration by Hoods of Wick   2pm – 4pm

Finished by 4.30pm

Guest Speaker’s lectures in Caithness Horizons

Meeting time: 5.00 for 5.15 pm  to 7 pm.

View Pictish Standing stones in foyer.

Frederique Mahieu – Drystone Shelters in Menorca.

Patsy McInaw  – Working on traditional building as a young lad in Donegal..

William Fletcher – Making model stone buildings.

Refreshments available

Raffle draw in Ferry Inn, Scrabster.

Sunday 22nd July

Meet at RSPB Dunnet Head.

Car sharing is recommended. Ample parking available.

Repair gaps in old Northern Lighthouse Board walls on the most Northerly point in mainland UK.

Very scenic views.


Lunch 1 pm – 1.30 pm.

Refreshments and food available.

Finish early or by 4 pm latest.

Informal farewell gathering, Popeye’s Bar, Scrabster.

See you next year.