John Stuart-Murray, Reading the Gaelic Landscape
The Hielan' Ways region rests between the heartlands of Aberdeenshire and Moray to the north, and the Cairngorm mountains and Ladder hills to the south. Here landscape and ecology is dominated by two vast shooting estates, Cabrach and Glenbuchat. Although largely unexplored as a destination for outdoor pursuits, it contains areas of hidden beauty, stark wilderness and historical significance, which were once traversed by a web of ancient footpaths and tracks, now many of them gone. Can the practice of walking, the finding of foot, open up these routes once again, reconnecting the now with a lost, ancient landscape?