The Ethnology of the 'Old Ways' in Gaelic Scotland: "There's another road near the highway"

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review


An exploration of a formerly dense network of roads and tracks covering the Highlands of Scotland that preceded the military roads of the 18th century and new road patterns of the 'age of improvement'. It challenges an anglocentric view voiced at the time that the region was a 'trackless waste' and offers an ethnology of travel and road usage before the arrival of scientists and tourists.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOld Ways and New Roads.
Subtitle of host publicationTravels in Scotland, 1720-1830.
EditorsAnne Dulau Beveridge, John Bonehill, Nigel Leask
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherBirlinn Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781780276670
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2021
EventOld Ways and New Roads.: Travels in Scotland, 1720-1830. - Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jul 2021 → …

Publication series

NameHunterian Museum Exhibition Catalogue and Book


ExhibitionOld Ways and New Roads.
Abbreviated titleOWNR
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period1/07/21 → …


  • traditional cross-country movement, the Gaelic view, trading and raiding


Dive into the research topics of 'The Ethnology of the 'Old Ways' in Gaelic Scotland: "There's another road near the highway"'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this