Potatoes were introduced to Scotland in 1739 and in the Strathmore area, close to the Cateran Trail, with its exceptionally fertile soil, they are an important cash crop.

Since their expansion as a major focus for the agriculture of the area, they have changed the landscape of the area through the erection of large sheds for overwintering together with the great ridges and furrows sculpted out mechanically in the fields each spring ready for planting the seed potatoes for that years crop..