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This holiday will use Gartmore House and its grounds as a study area to provide an introduction to archaeological research, recording, and field survey. The course will provide skills training in where and how to research historical information, including maps, archaeological records, aerial photographs, and historical documents. Once you have analysed the documents, you will learn how to create a map of all identified sites and relevant records using free and readily available GIS software.

Once you have your maps completed, you will be heading out into the field to investigate and record the sites that you have identified, as well as learning how to read a landscape and identify any other archaeological sites in the area (what may look like innocuous lumps and bumps could actually be the remains of sites and monuments that are hundreds or thousands of years old!).

You will also learn how to ‘read’ a building, identifying and recording different architectural styles and features of Gartmore House, before heading back to base to pull together everything that you have learnt and found.

To see pictures of the course please visit our gallery

Dates 2022

All of our holidays run for 5-nights from Sunday to Friday and start from £979 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.

March 13th to 18th 2022
May 15th to 20th 2022
October 9th to 14th 2022

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. We also have a full programme of day trips and activities on offer for them. Please add them and day trips at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A 25% deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 3 months prior to arrival. For art, craft & activity holidays booked within 3 months of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Art, craft & activity holidays are subject to availability and subject to change.

Each holiday will be loosely themed as follows:

Introduction to historical records and maps, using free online resources to investigate the sites within your study area. After lunch you will learn how to use free GIS software to take your results form the historical research to create a map of sites within the study area.

Heading out into the field you will use your maps to investigate the sites identified and produce accurate, archaeological records of the monuments. After lunch you will head back out into the field to learn how to read a landscape and identify and record any other archaeological sites in the study area.

You will learn more about Gartmore House and its architectural makeup, learning how to read a building and identify different architectural styles and periods. After lunch, you will learn how to record the features that you have identified using both manual and digital techniques.

You will have the option as a group to either continue with more field survey or investigating and recording at Gartmore House. After lunch you will head back to base to bring everything together and present your findings.

Check in is from 4pm where you will receive a warm welcome from our team.
Once you are unpacked and settled, we invite you to enjoy some tea or coffee and home baking in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
If you have never been on a holiday like this before, we understand how anxious you may be. That’s why, come 6pm, everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet, giving you the chance to meet both your fellow guests and your tutor before the start of the course on Monday. Your tutor will talk you through what to expect from the week, discuss what you would like to achieve during your stay, and answer any questions you may have. 
From there, dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Monday to Thursday
Throughout the week, tuition runs from 10am to 4pm with regular breaks for tea and coffee so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All your meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

Check out by 10am

What’s Included

  • 4 days of specialist tuition from Ian Hill
  • All specialist equipment will be supplied, however there will be a few essential items that you will need to bring. Please see the kit list tab for more details.
  • Full board catering
  • 5-nights accommodation
  • Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.

All specialist equipment will be supplied, however there will be a few essential items that you will need to bring (particularly for working outdoors): 

  • Notebook
  • Water bottle
  • Sturdy walking boots/shoes
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • A small day pack to carry your items while in the field. 
  • Optional extras include a flask for taking tea or coffee into the field.
We will be using open source software during the course, and if you would like to bring your own laptop we can provide you with details of what software we will be using beforehand. 

Tutor Ian Hill

Your tutor is Ian Hill, a professional archaeologist based in the Scottish Borders, who has been working on archaeological sites for twenty years. Ian’s company, Heritage & Archaeological Research Practice, have been providing unique training experiences and community orientated archaeological projects since 2011, and aims to promote and enhance public understanding and awareness of archaeological and cultural heritage issues.

Ian has worked on archaeological sites all over the world, but the Scottish landscape of the last 1,000 years is where his passion lies, and Gartmore House and grounds fall perfectly into his area of interest.


  • “Highly structured field school with professionals and other passionate archaeologists allowed for lots of learning of a multitude of skills. I learned more than I thought I would.” – Feild School Student
  • “I was very pleased with the training provided. Not only was the training itself very useful and informative, but the lectures added to the training and education provided. The hands-on training with instruction provided by experts fostered a wonderful environment of learning.” – Feild School Student
  • “The field school offered a fantastic balance of in field work and seminar style teaching. The care and attention from instructors was incredible, from meals to personal instruction they really cared about the quality of the time here spent by the participants” – Feild School Student
  • “The course was exceptional both in scope and value. The level of detail was extraordinary” – Feild School Student

Please note: The above reviews come from past workshops and courses run by the tutor out with Gartmore House. 

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