news/upcoming events

May/June 2018

Sail Caledonia 2018

November 2017

The Shieling Project development meeting;

The 5 Directors of The Shieling Project met on Sunday 26th November on board The Loch Ness Barge
Discussed recent achievements and progress  – eg. the outdoor pre-school nursery (Summerlings) and the good news : significant funding success which will enable us to further develop our off-grid sustainability and heritage education centre, based in Strathglass, near Beauly.
For further info:


Alex Patience and Donald McNeill spend a week developing a theatre project (storytelling and music) at Eden Court and aboard Loch Ness Barge

11 November 2017 – Great Glen Canal Users Association and Seaport Marina quiz night


September and October 2017

Scottish Waterways Trust run a series of Storytelling workshops


winter 2016 – 2017

film nights (dates to be confirmed);

December – climbing film night

short films followed by a feature, chosen by Graham

February – bike film night

short films, chosen by Susan and Lisa


summer 2016

YOA project bus

In advance of the August ‘Year of Architecture’ event on Loch Ness Barge, the project bus visits for a photo shoot!

28 May – 4 June  Sail Caledonia

Loch Ness barge is the support vessel for the race/raid from Loch Linnhe across Scotland to the Beauly Firth

30 June    a wedding aboard the barge, sadly not performed by me as we are not at sea, but Mike and Sue wanted to have as much as possible of their celebration on the water

11 – 14 August   Year of Architecture   

an architectural sculpture will be installed on the foredeck and the barge will cruise between Inverness and Dochgarroch with stops along the way to allow the public aboard


winter 2015-16

14 February  storytelling event

Winter 2014 film nights;

We are going to have 4 themed film nights, one each month, starting in January 2014, ending in April when we go West to Corpach for our yearly trip along the canal.

If you want to contribute a favourite film, get in contact with us at

The film nights are free, bring your own food and drink

January 2014 – Climbing film night

flyer floating lab Caledonian canal

The Clipperton Project comes to the Muirtown Basin!!

Loch Ness Barge is organising 2 nights;

Tuesday 13 August 2013 Boat Tours and Artists Talk 5pm – 7pm

You can see around Loch Ness Barge, Stan’s Titanic, New Dawn and hear what it is like living aboard Loch Ness and being an artist

Friday 16 August 2013 Artists talks and films 5pm – 8pm

talks by;

Sam Harrison (works with schools and teachers to bring new perspectives on the special places and stories which are part of the local landscape)

Misha Somerville (musician, film maker, whistle maker)

Ian Stephen (poet, artist, boatman, storyteller)

films by;

Mary Somerville

Misha Somerville

Fabiano Marques

see details of these people and their work below;

Bringing Place to Life: Place-Based Education
Dr Sam Harrison

Sam image_drawing glen
Exploring learning in the outdoors which develops senses of place, through
a combination of art and science education.

Sam runs Open ground specialising in place-based education and education
consultancy.  Based in Inverness Open Ground works with schools and
teachers to develop and deliver localised curriculum, bringing new
perspectives on the special places and stories which are part of the local
landscape.  From term long interactions with schools, teacher training
courses, and participative research, Open Ground works towards revealing
the distinct potential of each place.


Loch Ness tartan

Born in Santos, an important harbor city in the São Paulo State, Brazil, Fabiano

Marques is a nomad artist who have been traveling in and out of Brazil for

many years. Marques deals with the development and experiment of

intervention systems from specific proposals or places. They take form in

installations and videos including performance actions, having as a procedure

the combination and recombination of elements and its registration throughout

a period or delimited passage. Fabiano Marques uses displacement to unravel

cultural and social discourses and to explore territories inserted within others.

The dialectical nature of his work is driven through an initial proposition or

impulse that reverberates and unwinds in game-like structures, where the

artist is an active participant interpolating his control over the given

constituents and setting.


Faultline explores a trip on Vic 32, the last steam boat operating on the

Caledonian Canal, in Scotland. The video is divided in chapters (7 of which are

presented here), having each chapter steamed by a song composed by the


LochNess Barge Art Residency, Summer 2011, Inverness, Scotland.

Thanks to Nicola Gear and Adrian Farrow from the LochNess Barge.

Ian Stephen



Ian Stephen is from Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. Navigation and storytelling have long been central to his way of life and work. He is now working on a two volume book, Waypoints, which explores traditional stories, from Brittany to above the Arctic Circle. Voyaging has also been a main element in Ian’s drama (Seven Hunters, 2003) and visual art (short films included in Running Time – artists’ films in Scotland from 1960, Dean Gallery Edinburgh, 2010.)

Shiant Islands

Ian will look back on several passages, from his home town to the archipelago situated 18 miles south in the Minch. Poems relating to this route have recurred in his published works from Malin, Hebrides, Minches (Dangaroo Press, Denmark,1983 and most recently the 2013 Oxford Poets anthology. A two-minute video, taken at The Shiants, will introduce his talk.


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