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Introduction The Road North is a word-map of Scotland, composed by Alec Finlay & Ken Cockburn as they traveled through their homeland in 2010 and 2011. They were guided on this journey by the Japanese poet Matsuo Basho, whose Oku-no-hosomichi (Narrow Road to the Deep North) is one of the masterpieces of travel literature. Following Basho and his traveling companion Sora, their journey took in 53 ‘stations’, from Pilrig to Pollokshields via Berneray, Glen Lyon, Achnabreck and Kirkmaiden. They left Edinburgh on 16 May 2010, the same date that Basho and Sora departed Edo in 1689, and finished their journey at Glasgow's Hidden Gardens in May 2011.