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Hill and marginal grazings
Clearance for livestock
Sheep, shelters etc
main image Shieling hut ruin, Uishal, Lewis, Outer Hebrides
Shielings were once a feature of uplands throughout Scotland. They were still being used in the Highlands in the 1700s. Lewis continued to use them up until the early 20th century and has some of the most complete remains.

The location is typical of shielings; inland, well away from cultivated land and close to water. Some of the stone-built alcoves in the hut can be seen set into the far wall.

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