Carrying Peats

Shetland ponies being relieved of their loads of peat, Fetlar, Shetland, 1930. On their backs are riva kishies, or nets, and woven straw kishies. Scottish Life ArchivePeat was the major fuel used in the Highlands and Islands. Often is was cut and dried a long way from home. Baskets were the way to get it back. This was often done by using a back creel  and sometimes using boats or ponies. Even in the 1960s creels were still used in Lewis at the peats for gathering up the small bits to tip onto the tractor trailer.