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main image Skeo, Symbister, Shetland
A skeo is a structure for air-drying meat and fish. It comes from the Norse 'skjaa'; a drying house. Its dry stone walls are loosely built to allow the air to pass through.

At one time, nearly every household would have had a skeo. By the early 19th century, they were going out of use and few now survive.

The 'cleits' of St Kilda, Boreray and Soay are similar in design and purpose. They were used to store and preserve fish, birds, hay and even turf.

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