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Body of work – 16 years of dry stone walls

Collessie - wonky wall

Collessie – wonky wall

Last week my LinkedIn account told me it had been 16 years since I started working as professional building dry stone walls. It got me thinking about how many jobs I’ve done in that time. I’ve put together a list of the locations, descriptions and some images of stonework I’ve done from 2010 to the present day – Dumfries is the current job.

There’s 112 listed here although there are a a few I can’t recall and some minor repair jobs I’ve not listed. Plus a whole heap from when I first started getting paid to wall up to 2010.

Most of the work is my own, although I have had help from several wallers over the years – some for longer periods, some for only a few days.

This is my body of work.

2021 – dry stone walls, benches and paving

Dumfries – Red sandstone low walls with flat caps and stairs

Ratho – transformation of a sloped garden with three dry stone terraces, steps, a water feature and paving

Corstorphine, Edinburgh – Dry stone bench and small retaining wall

Dolphinton – Replacement of wooden sleepers beds with new stone walls and three sets of steps

2020 – entrance ways and paths

Collessie, Fife – Dry stone bench and pitched stone path

Forneth, Perthshire – Repair to roadside retaining wall and small stone work in the garden

Dalkeith – Paving

Blairadam – Repair to dry stone wall and installation of new house-sign monolith

Rosewell – “fancy” paving to go with the bench and planters built the previous year

Milnathort – Installation of three monoliths

Blairadam – New entranceway walls

Ravelston, Edinburgh – Low retaining walls, bench and steps

Perth – 40+m of high retaining walls and large staircase

Murieston, Livingston – Curved entrance walls

Perth – Low retaining walls and steps


2019 – pizza ovens and planters

Collessie, Fife – Double arched base for a pizza oven

Kingseat, Fife – Two curved stone benches and a large town sign for Taylor Wimpey

Canada Woods, Falkirk – Two 6m long, turf-topped entrance walls

Carnwath – Small repairs to farm walls

Glasgow – Circular planter

Wishaw – Walls to surround a water feature

Bathgate – Repairs to walls

Glasgow – Repairs to a patio for a previous client

2018 – seating areas

Rosewell – Fibonacci-inspired bench, planters, firepit and paving.

Dalkeith – Mortared cobble walls

Glasgow – Small front garden transformation – dry stone retaining walls, paving and steps

Edinburgh – Low dry stone retaining walls and steps

Edinburgh – Big seating area with recessed arches, cantilivered seats and paving

Collessie – Long, high free-standing dry stone wall and firepit

Dunfermline – Small paved area and cobble walls

Perth – Long, curving dry stone retaining wall

2017 – dry stone public art and the movies!

Edinburgh – Low retaining walls and steps

Cleghorn, Lanark – retaining walls and steps

Collessie – Two short free-standing dry stone walls, turf topped

Eskbank – Seating area and retaining walls and paving

Letham, Falkirk – Two free-standing dry stone walls

Newton Mearns, Glasgow – Artistic gateway walls and bench

Musselburgh – Repairs to a wall

Edinburgh – Sunken seating area and pizza oven

Canada Woods, Falkirk – Long free-standing walls, turf topped

Edinburgh – Construction of walls on a film set

2016 – the year of the dry stone seats

Lower Largo, Fife – seating area and steps

Slamannan – Long free-standing dry stone walls and gate pillars

Dunning – Curved bench

North Queensferry, Fife – Seating area, paving, steps and firepit

Linlithgow – Curvy dry stone bench

Eskbank – Bench and retaining walls

2015 – small and large dry stone projects

West Calder, West Lothian – Raised beds

Collessie – Retaining walls

Edinburgh – Sunken seating area and steps

Alva Glen, Clackmannanshire – Dry stone retaining walls

Bridgend, West Lothian – Retaining walls and steps

Edinburgh – Retaining walls and steps

Clarkston – Retaining walls

Leadburn – Facing stonework

Kirknewton – Planting space and rockeries

Blairadam – Repairs to damaged wall

Ceres, Fife – Long free-standing boundary dry stone wall and bell-mouth gateway

Hillhouse, Ayrshire – Repairs car damage to entraceway walls I made a few years earlier

2014 – dry stone memorial benches and public art

Dunbar – Memorial bench and paving

Kinghorn – Low retaining walls

Vane Farm, Kinross – Artistic entrance walls and dry stone viewing space

Chryston – Mortared walls at the entrance to the town

Bridgend, West Lothian – Dry stone retaining walls and steps

Edinburgh – Free-standing feature wall

Edinburgh – Large free-standing wall, water feature, paving and planters

Grangemouth – Funky stonework around a pond

Milnathort – Sunken seating area with large recessed arch, paving and steps

Kirknewton – Dry stone bench

Stow, Scottish Borders – Retaining walls

Kirknewton – Steps

2013 – dry stone benches

Bathgate – Free-standing dry stone boundary wall

Bathgate – Repair to wall – more car crash damage to one of my walls

Larkhall – Large retaining wall and steps

Whitecraigs, East Lothian – Bench

Edinburgh – Large retaining walls and terraces, steps and bench

Auchtermuchty – High dry stone retaining walls and water feature

Edinburgh – Low retaining walls

Walkerburn, Scottish Borders – Low retaining walls

Alva Glen – Dry stone bench and retaining walls

Pattiesmuir, Fife – Free-standing dry stone boundary wall

Kinghorn – Dry stone bench

Edinburgh – Low retaining walls and steps

2012 – dry stone walls and turf caps

Larkhall – Retaining walls and seating area

Musselburgh – Seating area and low walls

Walkerburn, Scottish Borders – Dry stone bench and firepit

Carlops, Scottish Borders – High retaining walls

Milnathort – Free-standing boundary walls

Alva Glen, Clackmannanshire – Dry stone bench

Falkirk – Low retaining walls

Blairadam – Large free-standing dry stone wall

Torphichen, West Lothian – Low walls


2011 – dry stone wonky walls and benches

Collessie, Fife – Long free-standing dry stone wall with turf top, bench and carvings

Roslin, Midlothian – Low retaining walls and steps

Glenrigh, Fort William – Two low walls

Culross, Fife – Low retaining wall

Larbert, Falkirk – Low retaining wall

Livingston – Low retaining wall

Edinburgh – Retaining walls and terraces, big staircase

Edinburgh – Curved retaining walls

Falkirk – Low retaining walls, paving and steps

Edinburgh – Low retaining wall and steps

Musselburgh – Children’s nursery garden

2010 – free standing dry stone boundary walls

Collessie, Fife – Low retaining walls and steps

Blairadam – Long free-standing boundary wall

Hillhouse, Ayrshire – Entrance walls to a quarry

Dunfermline – Low walls and steps

Dunblane – Boundary walls

Campmuir, Perthshire – Free-standing boundary walls

Easter Breich, West Lothian – Long free-standing dry stone wall

Ecclesmachan – Free-standing walls

Edinburgh – Retaining walls and steps


My recollection of older work gets a bit more hazy this far back but I recall working in Heriot, Aberdeen, Carlops, Ingliston (near Edinburgh), North Queensferry, Newburgh, Newtongrange, Eddleston, Avonbridge, Livingston, Fraserburgh and Orkney!

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