Calum's Road

Calum Macleod was a crofter who lived at the north end of the island of Raasay.

After years of trying to get various local authorities to build a road to the area, one spring morning, Calum took out his wheelbarrow, a pick, an axe, a shovel and a do-it-yourself guide to road construction and started building a road himself.

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Calum Macleod was a crofter who lived at the north end of the island of Raasay.

After years of trying to get various local authorities to build a road to the area, one spring morning, Calum took out his wheelbarrow, a pick, an axe, a shovel and a do-it-yourself guide to road construction and started building a road himself.

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Ian McDiarmid leads this drama inspired by the extraordinary true story of how, over a period of ten years, one man built two miles of road by hand (including passing places) on the Scottish island of Raasay, which lies just off the east coast of Skye.

Set in the 1960s and 1970s, Calum MacLeod desperately wanted to save his dying island community; with schools and medical services located more than a half day's journey away, people were finding it increasingly difficult to continue a way of life handed down to them by their ancestors.

Born in 1911, MacLeod came from a long line of tough, strong and hard-working Raasay folk. When the council repeatedly turned down his requests for a road to link the north of Raasay to the south he would not be beaten. Instead, he went to a second-hand bookshop and found a dusty volume written in 1910: "Road Making And Maintenance - A Practical Treatise for Engineers, Surveyors and Others" and his extraordinary ten year project began.

Colin MacDonald's drama is inspired by Roger Hutchinson's book of the same name.

Other parts are played by members of the cast

Dramatiser: Colin MacDonald.

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.