New Ways Through The Glens

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01The Dark Years20180219

Poet Kenneth Steven remarks on the history of the Scottish Highlands.

With the title from an essential work by A.R.B. Haldane, 'New Ways Through the Glens' is Kenneth Steven's personal reflection on the changes brought to the people and landscape of the Scottish Highlands by the arrival of roads and canals in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the first programme he looks at the road building programme of General Wade, who was determined to pacify the warring clans.

02The Moss Lairds20180220

Kenneth Steven explores how the central belt of Scotland was transformed by land clearance

With the title from an essential work by A.R.B. Haldane, 'New Ways Through the Glens' is Kenneth Steven's personal reflection on the changes brought to the people and landscape of the Scottish Highlands by the arrival of roads and canals in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the second in the series he explores how the central belt of Scotland was transformed by land clearance, just where the Highlands meet the Lowlands.

03The Colossus Of Roads20180221

Kenneth Steven looks at the work of Thomas Telford in building roads through the Highlands

With the title from an essential work by A.R.B. Haldane, 'New Ways Through the Glens' is Kenneth Steven's personal reflection on the changes brought to the people and landscape of the Scottish Highlands by the arrival of roads and canals in the 18th and 19th centuries. In this programme he looks at the extraordinary work of Thomas Telford in building roads through the Highlands.

04The Great Glen20180222

Kenneth Steven looks at the project to build a canal through the heart of the Highlands.

With the title from an essential work by A.R.B. Haldane, 'New Ways Through the Glens' is Kenneth Steven's personal reflection on the changes brought to the people and landscape of the Scottish Highlands by the arrival of roads and canals in the 18th and 19th centuries. In this Essay he looks at the ambitious project to build a canal through the heart of the Highlands along the Great Glen, linking east and west.

05The Last Wolf20180223

Kenneth Steven sees the new routes opening the Highlands to tourists for the first time.

With the title from an essential work by A.R.B. Haldane, 'New Ways Through the Glens' is Kenneth Steven's personal reflection on the changes brought to the people and landscape of the Scottish Highlands by the arrival of roads and canals in the 18th and 19th centuries. In his final Essay, he finds that the new routes are opening up the Highlands to tourists for the first time and a romantic view of the lochs and mountains was born. The mission had been to bring the Highlands in to the United Kingdom, to civilise a landscape and a people that had for too long been allowed to remain wild and unaccountable. There is no doubt that change had to happen, but it came at a high price. As Kenneth points out, 'It's little wonder that most of the songs of the Gaels are about loss.'.