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main image Bee-bole and skep, Pluscarden, Moray
The skep (hive) is formed from a length of straw rope, coiled and tied. It occupies a bee bole (alcove) in the precinct wall of Pluscarden Priory.

Because of the value of honey as a sweetener, and the risk of theft, bee boles were sometimes fitted with protective, removable bars.

Bee boles were a common feature of south-facing garden walls, often in multiples. There are four here; they are thought to be the oldest surviving examples in Scotland.

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