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Vernacular architecture follows traditions passed down from person to person, generation to generation, at any level of society.

The buildings that attract our interest vary in size and construction from small, temporary shelters, through cottages, tenements and farm steadings, to large, enduring tower houses. Usage is likewise diverse, including seasonal shelters, permanent dwellings of all sizes, farms, smithies, watermills and larger industrial concerns.

They are found throughout the country, in both rural and urban settings, and represent many aspects of our history, and of Scotland’s identity. What they all have in common is their construction from local materials using local methods, resulting in characteristics that reflect their environments, so that they sit comfortably within the landscape.


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The Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group is holding an online conference on 'The Scottish Diaspora' from 7pm to 9pm on Tuesday 9th November 2021.


The latest issue includes articles on Priorslynn Bothy, Fluthers Cottage, Archbald Moffat House, Little Bruach-caoruinn, early flatting in Scotland, and vernacular architecture in Ireland.


Join the SVBWG and get involved with Scotland's vernacular buildings. Members receive a free copy of our annual journal Vernacular Building. Discounts are available - find out more on our Membership page.

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