The Mounth Passes: A Heritage Guide to the Old Ways Through the Grampian Mountains

The Heritage Paths project is very pleased to say that Neil Ramsay (our former Project Officer) and Nate Pedersen (one of our earliest volunteers) have teamed up to write an ebook – The Mounth Passes – with photography by long-standing ScotWays member Graham Marr.

Twelve roads are profiled, from the Causey Mounth on the eastern coast to the Monega Pass deep in the heart of Scotland. Each route is considered from an historical perspective, followed by a guide to walking the road (or what remains of the road) today. Each chapter is illustrated with several photographs documenting the paths as they have survived into the 21st century.

If you too are interested in the heritage of these old ways through the Grampian Mountains, we highly recommend it.


“I found the historical details particularly fascinating and I think the authors do a great job of analysing the changing nature of the Scottish landscape and how forces both human and natural can shape these passes…This is an authoritative compact guide and the authors clearly have a great deal of expertise in the subject. Recommended for those with an interest in the history of Scotland.” – Alex Roddie, author of “The Atholl Expedition”

“It will prove very useful for planning a walk and its portable format will allow it to be easily consulted when walking a route.” – Gerald Cummins, in Rambles on Old Roads newsletter