The Lairig an Laoigh

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The Lairig an Laoigh (Calves Pass) is an old drove road passing through the heart of the eastern Cairngorms. It would have been one of the arteries of the droving trade and, when droving was at its peak, must have seen thousands of cattle passing every year.  Its name reflects that calves were driven through here, avoiding the more elevated Lairig Ghru to its west.  

This may not seem like a very good valley for droves of cattle, but until droving died out local people were paid to go into the Cairngorm glens and clear the boulders to the side - clearly, a practice no longer followed.