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Hill and marginal grazings
Clearance for livestock
Sheep, shelters etc
main image Plan and section of shieling hut, Uishal, Lewis
Shieling grounds were uncultivated, often upland areas where livestock could be taken in summer to prevent them damaging unfenced growing crops.

The practice is documented back to at least the 12th century and, though now extinct, can be traced in place names; -shiel (Northumbrian English), -ary (Gaelic 'airidh') and -setter (Norse 'setr').

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