|Abandoned Peat Cutters Hut (Isle of Lewis)|
|In the summer, many members
of a crofting township would move with their cattle to shielings in sheltered
areas so that the cattle could feed on the lush grass there. The cattle
were herded by young men and the women and girls would make butter and cheese
from the cows' milk.
Simple huts were built to live in, often of sods or branches, although some were dry stone built.
Now that few people keep livestock, the surviving huts can be useful to people cutting peat and even newer huts have been built, just to facilitate peat cutting.