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The below map was prepared by Tim Barnard. Please note "Copyright, Tim Barnard, Tobermory."

The words at the top (to the right of the ship) stated:

"From the far northern counties of Scotland they came, droves of Highland cattle, started on their long and arduous journey sometimes as soon as a bite of spring grass enabled them to gain the strength to travel after the rigours and starvation of winter. They came from the Hebridean islands and the west, droves of cattle, sometimes few sometimes hundreds, swimming the narrows between the inshore islands and the mainland of Scotland. From the outer islands they were transported on small ferries or Kyloes."

The words below the orca (middle right) stated:

"All summer the droves left for the south. They would travel ten or twelve miles each day resting in the middle of the day wherever there was enough feed to sustain them and stopping wherever darkness found them."

The words on the bottom left stated:

"Gathering strength and numbers as well, they wended their way on the long journey. Until autumn made the high passes and rivers impassable, these droves of cattle defied the rugged mountains and swollen torrents, winding their way down the great Highland droving routes to the huge trysts held at Crieff and Falkirk."

The words on the bottom right stated:

"The export of these hardy and indomitable cattle was the lifeblood of the nation for over a hundred years. To enable this trade to take place, a resolute and self reliant race of men arose, who, for meager rations and paltry wages would embark on arduous and dangerous journeys. Rarely under a roof, these hardy men would spend their lives sleeping under the open sky. The cattle were fattened on the lush pastures of England to feed the growing populations of the cities and to fuel the empire on which the sun never set.

The Drovers Story as told by Angus R. MacKay, a 20th century Drover."

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