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The road through the isles

In this second part of our exclusive serialisation of her book about the last drovers of Uist, Terry J Williams looks at how they took the cattle to market.
Ferryman Ewan Nicolson, second left, prepares to take buyers from Benbecula to North Uist across the North Ford.

BENBECULA, Iochdar, Grogary, Stoneybridge, Carsaval, Milton, Clachan, Ahmore: the list of cattle sales was like a roll-call, repeated without hesitation and always in the same sequence wherever I went. Like the ocean and the wind, cattle were a fundamental part of life in the islands and the droving teams were as much a sign of the changing seasons as the arrival and departure of migrating birds. I had marked the location of each sale with a circle on my map and set myself the task of locating and photographing them all.

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