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About Us

Our History

Building Walls Since 1968

We are one of many branches of The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA) which was founded in 1968 by the Stewartry Drystane Dyking Committee. The Committee was originally set up by Rainsford Hannay in 1938 to promote the craft of Dry Stone Walling.

Rainsford Hannay collected information about the history of drystane dyking and the different styles of construction both close to home and further afield. After years of research and editing he eventually published his seminal book Dry Stone Walling (1957) which is still available today from the Dry Stone Walling Association shop


Find out more about the formative years here 


The SW Scotland Branch area includes Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire although we have members from further afield.


The DSWA is a Registered Charity: number 289678, and since those early days, has continued to expand with over 1200 members in the UK and overseas. 

Dry Stone Walling Association
Lane Farm, Crooklands,
Milnthorpe, Cumbria LA7 7NH


Tel: 015395 67953





Our Committee

Get to know and join us

Chair : Nic Coombey​

Secretary : Linda Wilson

Treasurer: Jak Kane

Instructors: Niall Baird and Nic Coombey

Committee members: Julian Watson, William McClymont and David Steele.

If you would like to get in contact with our branch committee, instructors or a local professional dyker, please do not hesitate to get in touch using the form below.



To be a member of the SW Scotland Branch you must be a paid-up member of the Dry Stone Walling Association.

Becoming a member of the DSWA is one of the best ways to support our work, even if you do not wish to be actively involved in building walls. Subscriptions are the mainstay of our organisation and you can become a member here

Join us and get involved with protecting, restoring and rebuilding part of our country’s rural heritage. Membership is open to everyone. 

As well as supporting the work of the Association, benefits of membership include:

  • The Waller & Dyker members’ magazine three time a year

  • Participation in branch events and activities

  • Annual Members’ Weekend/Social Event

  • Website links for professional and corporate members listed in the Professional Register

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