Bee Boles (Walls) When honey was the only sugar available and the Catholic Church created a high demand for beeswax candles, much effort was put into providing optimal shelter for beehive skeps. Alcoves, or boles, Scottish for wall, were built to house and shelter the skep beehives due to their great value in society. We moderns live in a very utilitarian world and due to efficiency and economic concerns we do not typically build such lavish stone structures. Bee Boles are a reminder of what people valued in the past. We are fortunate to still be able to gaze upon their beauty and function.