Dry-stane dyking courses

YOU CAN learn the art of dry stane dyking at Mill of Benholm on August 28 and 29.

The mill is running a two-day course - ‘Introduction to dry stone wall building’.

This will allow you to learn to build and, equally important, mend, dry stone walls.

And on September 11 and 12 there will be a further two-day course - ‘Improve your dry stone wall building skills’.

There are only 12 places on each course, and there is no charge for these training days.

It is important to book as early as possible, and this can be done at the mill office, or by calling 01561 362466.

Alternatively, e-mail info@millofbenholm.org.uk or write to the Project Manager, Mill of Benholm, Benholm by Johnshaven, Aberdeenshire, DD10 0HT.

Find the fairies

REGULAR visitors to the National Trust for Scotland’s House of Dun already know the place is a little bit magical, but now there is proof that fairies have moved in.

Over the past few weeks, eagle-eyed younger visitors have been spotting fairies in all sorts of nooks and crannies, all over the stunning A-listed Georgian country house.

Apparently, the fairies came to the house to be sold in the shop, but they quickly took flight and hid themselves all round the property.

Property manager John McKenna said: “We need our younger visitors to help us keep track of the fairies and make sure that they don’t fly off into too much mischief.”

The fairy hunt is every day at the house throughout August, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.