Dry Stone Wall “Clare Island Weekender”

NOTS & The Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland are hosting a Dry Stone Wall Weekend Workshop on Clare Island, Co Mayo on the last weekend of June (Friday 28th – Sunday 30th).

Participants can gain practical knowledge of the craft of dry stone wall building while experiencing the unique atmosphere of island life over a packed summer weekend on the West Coast. Learn how to build, maintain, and repair dry stone walls with experts from the DSWAI.

Weekend Itinerary / Programme of Events:

Friday 28th June:

  • Arrive by ferry from Roonagh Pier (5.30pm or 6.45pm ferry)
  • 8.30pm: Presentation on the history of Clare Island stone walls and stone wall construction – followed by social gathering.

Saturday 29th June:

  • Stone wall workshop involving the hands-on, practical work of building a dry stone wall with expert guidance.
  • Lunch (included in NOTS ticket price)
  • Rebuilding a lime kiln.
  • Construction of a two sided stone wall.
  • Construction of a 1 sided wall.
  • Social gathering on Saturday evening for dinner and more chat.

Sunday 30th June:

  • Back to work! Continued building of dry stone wall – perfecting key skills in building strong beautiful stone structures.
  • Depart on evening ferries.


A 2-day event ticket is €120 – this reduced Skillnet funding price is only available if you book here through National Organic Training Skillnet.


Location Info:

Clare Island (Co Mayo) is located at the mouth of Clew Bay, south of Achill Island on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Location of Clare Island

Access to Clare Island is relatively easy. Two regular ferry services operate in the summer months. Departure is from Roonagh Pier which is close to Louisburgh in Mayo. Louisburgh is approximately a 20 minute drive from Westport.

Roonagh Pier Location

Workshop Location: The workshop is within walking distance from the island’s Community Centre, restaurants, and accommodation. The cottage hub where the wall building will take place is available during the workshop and will provide lunch (included in workshop registration fee) and toilet facilities.

Accommodation / Travel Packages:

NOTE: Each participant must book their accommodation directly with the accommodation providers.

GoExplore Hostel are offering a deal for 2 nights B&B + 1 evening meal + ferry costs for €118. Participants must book separately through GoExplore – Click here for more info: Clare Island Hostel/Restaurant

There are also a number of B&B options on Clare Island. Click here for more “where to stay” options:

Regular ferry services from the mainland operate in the summer months. Click here for timetable information:

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