The Mounth Passes: My Journey on Old Roads in Speyside, Deeside and Atholl (North-east Scotland Classics Series)

By: Marr, Graham.

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The Mounth Passes is a continuation of the author's previous work, The Old Deeside Road Revisited, and both books outline the cultural and historical significance of the region's communication network. The old Deeside road's development was predominantly in an east-west direction, following the course of the River Dee, and is associated with the development of the turnpike system. In contrast, the old Mounth passes predominantly follow a north-south direction, and developed primarily as walking routes over the higher ground. Cattle droving was one of the major uses for these north-south routes, and the author outlines the strategic importance of these passes and how relevant they were as trade links to central Scotland and beyond. However, with the development of the rail system, and then motorised transport, there was an inevitable decline in their economic usefulness. Nowadays the emphasis is on leisure activities, particularly as access routes to various Munros and Corbetts. The author describes his own experiences in using the individual passes as thoroughfares, and thereby crossing the Mounth from one side to the other as did the drovers in times past. These personal accounts, along with many descriptive historical references, make an informative and detailed narrative that should be popular with both the hill walking fraternity and also those with an interest in local history. The Mounth Passes is the eighth volume in the North-east Scotland Classics Series..

Title: The Mounth Passes: My Journey on Old Roads in Speyside, Deeside and Atholl (North-east Scotland Classics Series)

Author Name: Marr, Graham.

Edition: 1st Edition

ISBN Number: 1907813098

ISBN-13: 9781907813092

Location Published: Deeside Books: 2017

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: New

Inscription: Signed by Author(s)

Type: Book

Categories: Scotland North-east, Local Books in Print, North-East Scotland Classics

Seller ID: 005469

Keywords: atholl, deeside, drove roads...., history, mounth passes, speyside, the mounth