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Walking with Cattle: In Search of the Last Drovers of Uist

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Droving was once the lifeblood of Scotland’s rural economy, and for centuries Scotland’s glens and mountain passes were alive with thousands of cattle making their way to the market trysts of Crieff and Falkirk. With the Industrial Revolution, ships, railways and eventually lorries took over the drovers’ trade. Except, however, in the Western Isles, where droving on foot c ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2018 by Birlinn (first published 2017)
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Karen Mardahl
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I always like buying books about places I have been, so I wasn't surprised to find this book in my pile of purchases in Ullapool. It's a rather sweet little book that brings to life a hard way of life that is disappearing or perhaps has disappeared already. The story covers the actual job of being a drover and all the other jobs and tasks involved in selling cattle. It also reveals lots of local anecdotes about life on the Uists and Benbecula, which all emphasise the sense of community there was ...more
Clare O'Beara
Terry, presumably Teresa, found an excellent exhibit on cattle drovers in the west of Scotland, so she asked permission to tour around collecting memories and adding research. This is her story of walking literally in the footsteps of cattle drovers on the long north-south roads of the Uist islands. Families would rear a calf or two each year, selling them at eighteen months or two years old, the first time these cattle had been off the croft. They were glad of the money and the drovers, with do ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this wee book, the topic of island cattle trysts and droves being something that I had done a small bit of research on in the past.

The author creates a vivid sense of place, clearly enjoyed her research and has created an accessible, valuable record of an aspect of highland & island culture that has adapted to changing circumstances over the past few centuries.

Thoroughly recommended!
Marilyn Gardner
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: natural-history
Informative and entertaining. Wonderful descriptions of the people involved and an amazing journey. Lots of local and social history. I have yet to see the Dingwall Mart exhibition, but I shall go and see it.
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