Dry stone walling and garden landscaping – Edinburgh and the Lothians, Fife and Central Scotland

Stone Inspired Ltd is an award-winning dry stone walling and garden landscaping company based in Scotland. We specialise in using traditional dry stone walling techniques in contemporary garden design and landscaping projects.

You can see our projects in Edinburgh and the Lothians, Fife, Perth and Kinross, Lanarkshire, Stirlingshire and Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, Glasgow and the Scottish Borders. We’ve even worked in Surrey! We travel for projects and commissions!

We work predominantly for private clients in garden landscaping projects creating hard landscaping with dry stone and paving.

Stone Inspired on the TV

The Still Garden Chelsea Flower Show 2022

We’ve been involved in two Chelsea Flower show gardens.

We were the lead dry stone waller on Jane Porter’s gold medal winning The Still Garden at the 2022 Chelsea Flower Show, building the vertically stacked slate wall.

Jane had us back in 2023 building a path on her Silver Gilt winning Choose Love garden. 

You might have seen our work. Monty Don certainly has!

What can you build just with stone?

Stone walls and steps

A typical garden job might involve steps, raised beds or retaining walls.

Sometimes it’s dry stone boundary walls or benches.

There’s usually a curved wall or two in there!

Or if you really wany to get fancy, then how about pizza ovens, arches and dry stone bridges!

The showcase page highlights some of the best of our recent projects.

What is dry stone?

Rosewell garden dry stone wall

The stone that we build with is amazingly adaptable, and is a material that allows for design flexibility. Stone is very strong, durable and beautiful to look at. It’s an eco-friendly product that requires no mortar or cement to bond it. It does not require extensive foundations to build upon – straight off the ground is usually good enough.

Dry stone walls are very long lasting and require very little maintenance, and the techniques that we use are almost as ancient as the stone we build with!  

For our gardening clients, dry stone retaining walls are free-draining making them an excellent option over brick and block-work walls.  They provide habitat for insects – bumble bees especially love the nooks that the stonework provides. Many clients have used the spaces in between the stones to plant hardy alpines – stone walls make for natural rockeries.

Where does the stone come from?

Delivery of stone

The UK has a wide variety of stone types available for building.

We work closely with various suppliers of sandstone, reclaimed building stone and dolerite/whinstone for our projects.

Occasionally stone is available on site already. We are happy to use stone supplied by the client as long as there is suffiecient quantity and quality.

For ease of handling the stone usually comes in 1 tonne “dumpy” bags and craned off the Hi-Ab truck onto the client’s property. Sometimes we’ll get loose tipped loads. However it arrives, we always leave the location of the delivery as clean as it was.

Where do we work?

Stone Inspired Ltd is based in Fife, but our work takes in a wide sweep through Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fife, Lanarkshire, Perthshire and the Scottish Borders. Our work has taken us to St Kilda out in the Atlantic, to the North Downs in Surrey, building bridges in Norway, and making walling contacts in Spain, Canada and the USA.  

We predominately work for private clients but have worked for East Lothian, East Renfrewshire and Clackmannanshire councils as well as main contractors like Ogilvie Construction and Taylor Wimpey.

You can contact us on 07880 761487, by email or through our contact form. No job is too small (or too big!)

We are members of the Dry Stone Walling Association.