Reference to old maps of the area will tell you that the valley sides of Strathardle, Glenshee and Glenisla were once scattered with numerous ‘fermtouns’, in the form of a small group of stone-built and thatched cottages and byres occupied by families who cultivated the surrounding land and grazed their sheep and cattle on the neighbouring hills. While some of these have been replaced by more modern houses and farmsteads, many were abandoned, with somesurviving as ruins, as at East Lair in Glenshee, close to the Cateran Trail.