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'The Finest road in the world' with author James Miller

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George Washington Browne Room, Edinburgh Central Library

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Trains and stagecoaches stuck in the snow, wild storms driving sailing ships off course, traffic pile-ups on so-called ‘killer’ highways – many stories exist about the horrors of travel in the Highlands and Islands, and have done for as far as the records go back.

James Miller will give a talk about his book The Finest Road in the World: the Story of Travel and Transport in the Scottish Highlands, which tells the dramatic and sometimes surprisingly humorous story of travel and transport in the Highlands. Jim’s book will appeal to all who like stories of travel and transport, and are interested in how changing modes of transport have affected the ways of life in the Highlands and remain crucial to the modern life and the future of the region.

Some of the figures in the story are familiar – General George Wade, Thomas Telford, Joseph Mitchell, and also the intrepid Lady Sarah Murray, who offered sound advice for travellers (‘Provide yourself with a strong roomy carriage, and have the springs well corded’).

James Miller was born in Caithness. He is a freelance writer and author of several books, including Scapa, The Dambuilders, The Foresters, Inverness and Swords for Hire.

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