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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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Scotland, A Concise History

Scotland, A Concise History

by Fitzroy MacLean | Magnus Linklater

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES

This richly illustrated survey brings Scottish history up to the present through its romantic figures and bloody battles. With 250 well-integrated illustrations, this revised fourth edition includes a newly added chapter on Scotland's place in the 21st century. (SCT15, $19.95)

Stone Voices, The Search for Scotland

Stone Voices, The Search for Scotland

by Neal Ascherson

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Ascherson writes with verve and insight on the centuries-old impulse toward nationhood in Scotland in this absorbing portrait, interweaving history with archaeology, myth and his own interviews and travels. (SCT66, $27.00)

Scotland Map M 501

Scotland Map M 501

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2012
  • MAP

A clear, colorful road map at a scale of 1:400,000. (SCT12, $11.95)

 
Highlanders, A History of the Highland Clans

Highlanders, A History of the Highland Clans


by Fitzroy MacLean

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 276 PAGES

A marvelous storyteller, MacLean recounts the origins, uprisings and personalities of Highland Scotland from Celtic legends to the bloody defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie at Culloden Moors in this vivid, beautifully illustrated history. (SCT33, $35.00)

Scotland, The Story of a Nation

Scotland, The Story of a Nation


by Magnus Magnusson

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 752 PAGES

A vivid survey of the history of Scotland, rich in personality and incident, by a master storyteller. (SCT54, $22.50)

The Most Beautiful Villages of Scotland

The Most Beautiful Villages of Scotland


by Hugh Palmer

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

Not just drop-dead beautiful, this lavishly illustrated compendium includes suggestions for historic hamlets, market towns, castles and estates. With notes on travel, hotels, restaurants and accommodations. (SCT81, $40.00)

The Celts, First Masters of Europe

The Celts, First Masters of Europe


by Chriatiane Eluere

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A colorful pocket-size encyclopedia documenting the art and archaeology of the Celts. With 100 maps and illustrations. (CLT01, $15.95)

Guynd, A Scottish Journal

Guynd, A Scottish Journal


by Belinda Rathbone

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

The charming memoir of a woman's sometimes trying relationship with her husband's ancestral home - a sprawling fixer-upper of a Scottish mansion. Through Rathbone's evocative descriptions, the house takes on a life and personality all its own. (SCT122, $23.95)

Queen of Scots, The True Life of Mary Stuart

Queen of Scots, The True Life of Mary Stuart


by John Guy

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 608 PAGES

This major revisionist biography of the much-maligned monarch by British historian and Cambridge fellow John Guy won the 2004 Whitbread Award. (SCT82, $17.95)

The Crofter and the Laird

The Crofter and the Laird


by John McPhee

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1978
  • PAPER
  • 159 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

McPhee packs up his family and returns for a year to his ancestral land on the Isle of Colonsay in this lyrical, appreciative portrait of place and traditional ways of life in the Hebrides. (SCT23, $16.00)

44 Scotland Street

44 Scotland Street


by Alexander McCall Smith

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 325 PAGES

In this witty novel, McCall Smith traces the lives and eccentricities of the men and women living in an Edinburgh boarding house. (SCT83, $15.00)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie


by Muriel Spark

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 150 PAGES

A terribly witty novel from the pen of Dame Muriel. Miss Jean Brodie is an unorthodox teacher at an Edinburgh girls' boarding school who wins the hearts and minds of her students, only to discover that girls from the provinces are ill-prepared for progressive thought. (SCT42, $13.99)

Waverly

Waverly


by Sir Walter Scott

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Scott drew on childhood tales for this richly detailed portrait of the Highland and Lowland Scots, culminating with the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charles at the 1746 Battle of Culloden. (SCT119, $12.95)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

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