South Scotland

Dumfries author to retrace drove route from Highlands

Vyv Wood-Gee
Image caption Vyv Wood-Gee will take her ponies from the Highlands to London

An author and horse rider is to attempt to retrace old drove roads used to move cattle reared in Scotland to markets in England.

Vyv Wood-Gee, from Dumfries, will ride by pony from Dunvegan on Skye to Smithfield Market in London.

It forms part of her wider study of drove routes across Europe and will also raise money for charity.

Mrs Wood-Gee and her daughter Elsa travelled on horseback from Land's End to John O'Groats in 2006.

She said cattle reared on the Western Isles were in the past taken by boat to Dunvegan.

From there they were taken down through Skye before drovers and their cattle swam across the Sound of Sleat to the mainland.

Mrs Wood-Gee said: "I shall be taking the ferry. I am too chicken to swim across it with the ponies.

"It was a very dangerous crossing for the drovers and cattle to make."

She also plans to eat better than the diet of oat meal and onions and whisky that sustained the drovers.

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