In the early part of October 2011, Ruaridh and Cameron with four Highland Cows and two Highland Ponies took off on a droving re-enactment with Griff Rhys Jones for the BBC.
Making Movies with Griff Rhys Jones and our Coo's for the BBC
Ruaridh and Cameron had an amazing time with Griff Rhys Jones and his production company Modern TV making a one hour documentary for the BBC to be shown on BBC1 in the New Year telling the story of the Highland Droves. Following ancient drove roads and routes all the way from Ramasaig in Glendale on the north end of the island of Skye all the way to the sites of the old cattle trysts at Crieff and then Falkirk.
We will let everybody know when this new series called "The Lost Routes of Britain" is ready to air. The "Drove Roads" will be the fourth programme in the series. The reason the Ormiston Family were chosen for this role was because of their experience in making Moo-vies in the past. Their cattle were used in Rob Roy and Highlander to name just 2 blockbusters. Their Highland Ponies can be traced back directly to the Stud of Ponies kept in Lochaber by the most famous and biggest drover of them all. John Cameron of Corriehoillie better know just as "Corriehoillie" or "Corrie" to freinds.
Griff and Ruaridh discussing the finer points of cattle droving at Ramasaig - a couple of asses - this was the first day of the drove with over 200 miles of droving ahead of them.
Griff holding Sidonia, a mature Highland Cow on the top of the Devil's Staircase in Glencoe with the snow covered Lochaber Hills in the background.