Occasional Ramblings with a Camera

This blog is my occasional ramblings on here, there and about, with and very occasionally without a camera. Photography, art, landscape (principally Scottish), heritage and wildlife are the things that interest me the most, so thats what I'll be writing about and of course showing pictures of. They say that a photograph is worth a thousand words, well I'm not so sure about that but if it is then great as it will save me a heap of typing, all power to the image.

Auchenchapel fanks


Saturday past saw a short trip to Auchenchapel near Forter in Glenisla. My destination was to find the Golan Well which is actually a very free flowing spring, its noted as being a healing well. Quite interesting but with no associated structure, nice tasting water though. There is evidence of a chapel (hence name of location) so one can assume the well is associated with that. I cannot find anything 'Scottish' on the name Golan. The only reference is that of the Golan Heights. According to Wiki; 'In the bible Golan is mentioned as a city of refuge located in Bashan: Deuteronomy 4:43, Joshua 20:8, 1Chronicles 6:71. 19th century authors interpreted the word "Golan" (Hebrew: גולן‎) as meaning "something surrounded, hence a district".

What I also came across were a few fanks and hut circles (top left), these are not on any map or recorded as far as I know, something I find quite surprising.

One fank is close to a sheiling type structure (top right image, enclosure on left of picture) and the other straddles a dip in the hill top, the latter is quite interesting as its walls extend apparently unnecessarily up the steep slope on one side. The two enclosures are from quite different periods, that with the sheiling considerably older.

The final image is of Forter Castle with the only bit of sun that day.

Hut circle, Auchenchapel © George Logan

Fank, Auchenchapel © George Logan

Forter Castle © George LoganFank, Auchenchapel © George Logan