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Anthropology Field Course: Coll, Hebrides

The island of Coll, situated in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, is home to approximately 200 permanent residents. Based at the Hebridean Centre, close to the coast and beaches, you have plenty of opportunities to chat to local people about what it's like to live on a Hebridean island, as well as to experience the climate and wildlife of this amazing place. Our social anthropology focuses on history, environment, development and identity; while food, diet and nutrition vs energy expenditure, past and present, represent our biological foci.

During the week we take a day trip to the neighbouring island of Tiree (weather permitting) for comparative purposes. We attend a ceilidh (Scots Gaelic for 'gathering') in the village hall, for which you receive lessons on the favourite Coll dance steps! In groups, you also learn to cook some great evening meals and will have the opportunity to learn to knit, as well as to take part in quiz nights and any other activities that occur on the island while we are there.

Students taking photos of expansive rugged and rocky terrain

Students taking photos of rugged and rocky terrain

students walking on a remote deserted beach

Remote beach on the island of Coll

Students walking on a beach

Beach on the island of Coll

People dancing at a ceilidh

Student and local people dancing at a ceilidh

"I really liked the community aspect of the field course, getting close with other students who I didn't previously know, and particularly getting to know the staff who were with us on the field course."

Coll field course student
Anthropology Department
"I am honestly saying, this was a very satisfying, well-organised module. Many thanks to Sarah and Andrew for the great field trip"

Coll field course student
Anthropology Department
"Great way to learn how to do fieldwork, and get to know anthropology students and professors better"

Coll field course student
Anthropology Department