Folds | & | Enclosures
This is a small selection (with variations) of folds in Gleann Taitneach, a few miles in from the Spittal of Glenshee. Plus a few elsewhere.
I'm interested in their base sculptural form(s) within the landscape, their rudimentary but purposeful construction and their social importance upon a lost way of life.
Once alive with the sound of animals and people they are silent now, 'and the silence falls'. A pastoral subsistence way of life now replaced by romantic wonderment.
Over the same period the wealthy were embarking upon a different journey, not the transhumance to grazing grounds in upland Scotland but to Venice and Rome on the Grand Tour.
Several of these enclosures that are associated with shieling grounds and often have their own shieling hut nearby have never been recorded, despite the glen having been surveyed by RCAHMS. Many are not easily seen from afar or marked on any early maps to be fair. On route to those recorded I've come across others.
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Also a search for 'fanks'. Here