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June 14th, 2012

Highland Cattle Drovers

Griff Rhys Jones visits Loch Katrine

Britain’s Lost Routes – with Griff Rhys Jones
Thursday 14th June 2012 – 8:00pm on BBC1

In the 3rd episode of this series, Griff Rhys Jones visits Loch Katrine as he throws himself back into the early 19th century, joining a herd of highland cows and two sturdy farmers as they retrace an ancient droving route once taken by thousands as they trudged 250 miles through the Scottish highlands from the Isle of Skye to Falkirk market.

Griff and his companions relive the arduous and dangerous trek through steep mountain passes and fast flowing rivers that drovers and their herds once made. They discover how drovers once risked life and limb to swim their cattle from the Scottish islands to the mainland, braving the inclement conditions in their wet plaid and fending off rustlers with sharp shooting. Griff explores how these hardy men went on to become the first cowboys of the wild west as well as becoming the stuff of literary legend.