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TITLE
Cattle Sale, Drynoch, Skye
EXTERNAL ID
PC_HIGHLANDLIVESTOCK_020
PLACENAME
Drynoch
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Bracadale
PERIOD
1950s
CREATOR
Highland Livestock Heritage Society
SOURCE
Highland Livestock Heritage Society
ASSET ID
23474
KEYWORDS
cattle
droving
livestock
crofting
auctioneers
cattle markets
cattle sales
auctions
Cattle Sale, Drynoch, Skye

The crofters pictured are mostly from the area, and include, from left to right, Murdo MacDonald from Fiscavaig, Alasdair Nicolson from Amer near Struan, Allan Cameron from Brae Eynort, Alister MacDonald from Satran, Norman Campbell, a shepherd from Eynort, Neil Mackay from Portnalong, William MacLeod from Fiscavaig, unknown, and Angus Nicolson, brother of Alasdair 'Amer'.

The cattle had just been sold to buyers from Inverness, possibly Reith and Anderson Auctioneers, pictured here behind the car. The crofters, with tethers in hand, are gathering to collect their money from the cashier sitting in the back of the car. The cattle would later be collected on a livestock transporter while the buyers moved on to the next locality.


Selling a few cattle each year was a necessity for many Highland families. Not only was the income important but the relatively poor grazing ground could not sustain large herds. Small numbers of animals would be purchased from crofters in outlying areas and by doing this drovers would gradually accumulate a significant herd over the course of a few weeks.

At one time, cattle from the Outer Isles would be transferred by boat to Skye. There they would join livestock from that island and together these large herds would be driven down to the narrows at Glenelg where they were encouraged to swim across to the mainland. The cattle were then walked along traditional drove routes to the markets or trysts at Beauly, Crieff or Falkirk. This practise continued for nearly 200 years until the railway provided a faster alternative.

With advances in road and rail transport, small local sales of cattle took place in various parts of Skye and the animals were transported by lorry to the markets on the mainland. Cattle from the Outer Hebrides were shipped to the nearest railway station and then on to market.

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Cattle Sale, Drynoch, Skye

INVERNESS: Bracadale

1950s

cattle; droving; livestock; crofting; auctioneers; cattle markets; cattle sales; auctions

Highland Livestock Heritage Society

Highland Livestock Heritage Society photographs

The crofters pictured are mostly from the area, and include, from left to right, Murdo MacDonald from Fiscavaig, Alasdair Nicolson from Amer near Struan, Allan Cameron from Brae Eynort, Alister MacDonald from Satran, Norman Campbell, a shepherd from Eynort, Neil Mackay from Portnalong, William MacLeod from Fiscavaig, unknown, and Angus Nicolson, brother of Alasdair 'Amer'.<br /> <br /> The cattle had just been sold to buyers from Inverness, possibly Reith and Anderson Auctioneers, pictured here behind the car. The crofters, with tethers in hand, are gathering to collect their money from the cashier sitting in the back of the car. The cattle would later be collected on a livestock transporter while the buyers moved on to the next locality. <br /> <br /> <br /> Selling a few cattle each year was a necessity for many Highland families. Not only was the income important but the relatively poor grazing ground could not sustain large herds. Small numbers of animals would be purchased from crofters in outlying areas and by doing this drovers would gradually accumulate a significant herd over the course of a few weeks. <br /> <br /> At one time, cattle from the Outer Isles would be transferred by boat to Skye. There they would join livestock from that island and together these large herds would be driven down to the narrows at Glenelg where they were encouraged to swim across to the mainland. The cattle were then walked along traditional drove routes to the markets or trysts at Beauly, Crieff or Falkirk. This practise continued for nearly 200 years until the railway provided a faster alternative. <br /> <br /> With advances in road and rail transport, small local sales of cattle took place in various parts of Skye and the animals were transported by lorry to the markets on the mainland. Cattle from the Outer Hebrides were shipped to the nearest railway station and then on to market.