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Hill and marginal grazings
Clearance for livestock
Sheep, shelters etc
main image Shieling hut, Cnoc Dubh, Lewis, Outer Hebrides
Shieling grounds distanced livestock from unenclosed growing crops and exploited seasonally rich but often less accessible land. The huts were the homes of the people who went to tend the animals.

This beehive-like shieling was still in use in 1866. The corbelled roof was still in place, though much of its outer coating of turf had gone. Access was via the very low entrance in the centre of the picture.

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