Saturday, 26 July 2014
An Ancient Wall
here. Aspens are widely distributed across the world - one particularly thinks of them as a tree of the Rockies - but are only common in Britain in the north and west of Scotland.
It's clearly visible on this satellite photograph, running for some distance across the landscape but appearing to end at the lochan.
Walls like this take a huge amount of hard work to construct, so they were obviously built with an important purpose. One is therefore left wondering what it was.
A little research produced the answer: it forms part of the long boundary between Ormsaigmore common grazings and those of Grigadale. This isn't likely to be a wall that was built during crofting times, so it probably dates back to the time when these lands were clachan lands. It may be several hundreds of years old.