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PICTURES: Crofters' convoy of vintage tractors completes four-day trip for Maggie's Highland after covering swathe of Ross-shire and Western Isles


By Hector MacKenzie

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The Crofters' Convoy turned heads and warmed hearts along the way.
The Crofters' Convoy turned heads and warmed hearts along the way.

A CONVOY of hardy Ross-shire crofters in vintage tractors completed an epic 300-mile, four-day trip for a cause close to the hearts of many in the Highlands.

The ambitious effort saw crofters start out and finish in Ross-shire on a trip that took them to the Outer Hebrides, via Ullapool.

They are chasing a £25,000 target for Maggie's Highland which provides a lifeline service for people diagnosed with cancer.

Andrew Collie - Massey Ferguson 35.
Andrew Collie - Massey Ferguson 35.

Organiser Rachael Burnett said it went "really, really well" with spectacular scenery and generous public support.

She said: "The weather was definitely on our side. The days were long and hard but everything went to plan, especially the ferries."

Drivers, most in open-cabbed tractors, set out from Lochussie last Thursday and trundled to an eventual return finishing point at Inchbae Lodge.

Maggie's Highland is close to the hearts of many of them.

Sandy Cormack in Massey Ferguson 165
Sandy Cormack in Massey Ferguson 165

Ms Burnett said: "With the pandemic and getting doctor and hospital appointments cancelled or rescheduled, many, many people have been affected. We aim to get Maggie's Highland known far and wide, especially over in the islands for people who need their fantastic service."

To contribute, see https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/croftersconvoy

Making progress on the Crofters' Convoy.
Making progress on the Crofters' Convoy.
Michael Stewart in a Ford 3600.
Michael Stewart in a Ford 3600.

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