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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 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)

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. (SCT66, $27.00)

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)

Footprint Handbook Scotland Highlands and Islands

Footprint Handbook Scotland Highlands and Islands

by Alan Murphy

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 496 PAGES

This guide provides great coverage of Scotland's national parks, mountains, castles, glens and lochs as well as comprehensive listings of B&Bs and suggestions on getting off the beaten path. (SCT197, $24.95)

Scotland Adventure Map

Scotland Adventure Map

by National Geographic Maps

  • 2013
  • MAP

A double-sided folded map of Scotland by the National Geographic Society and World Mapping Project at a scale of 1:440,000. (SCT222, $11.95)

 
Culture Smart! Scotland

Culture Smart! Scotland


by John Scotney

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture, equally of interest to the traveler and business person. (SCT160, $9.95)

Fodor's 25 Best Edinburgh

Fodor's 25 Best Edinburgh


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

This shirt-pocket guide, with an excellent map of the city, includes a choice selection of attractions, shops and restaurants, ideal for a short visit. (SCT217, $13.99)

Footprint Focus Guide Orkney & Shetland Islands

Footprint Focus Guide Orkney & Shetland Islands


by Alan Murphy

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 88 PAGES
  • COMING IN OCTOBER

In typical Footprint style, this slim guide provides invaluable information on Scotland's northernmost islands, Orkney and Shetland including transport, accommodation and eating as well as information on wildlife and history. (SCT199, $8.95)

Footprint Focus Guide Skye & Outer Hebrides

Footprint Focus Guide Skye & Outer Hebrides


by Alan Murphy

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 104 PAGES

In typical Footprint style, this slim guide provides invaluable information on the region's sightseeing and recommends eateries, transportation and accommodations as well as helpful street maps and practical information about getting from island to island. (SCT198, $9.95)

The Hebrides, 50 Walking and Backpacking Routes

The Hebrides, 50 Walking and Backpacking Routes


by Peter Edwards

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This copious guide of 50 routes takes readers into the rough, rugged and very beautiful Scottish Hebrides islands, a wonderland for adventurous walkers. (SCT244, $29.95)

The Scottish Islands, A Comprehensive Guide to Every Scottish Island

The Scottish Islands, A Comprehensive Guide to Every Scottish Island


by Hamish Haswell-Smith

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 578 PAGES

Ideal for touring or reference, this complete gazetteer covers all of Scotland's islands, including the uninhabited and the remote. Hamish Haswell-Smith profiles access points, anchorages and places of interest. (SCT243, $65.00)

The Traveling Nature Photographer

The Traveling Nature Photographer


by Steven Morello

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Morello's handy guide to exploring the natural world through photography includes chapters on preparation, equipment (especially lenses), weather, exposure basics and composition. (PHT31, $29.99)

A Traveller's History of Scotland

A Traveller's History of Scotland


by Andrew Fisher

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This brief history of Scotland through the 1990s is wide-ranging, accessible and necessarily condensed. With a useful chronology, a list of monarchs and a historical gazetteer, this book marches confidently through the centuries. (GBR40, $14.95)

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)

How the Scots Invented the Modern World

How the Scots Invented the Modern World


by Arthur Herman

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 472 PAGES

Herman argues convincingly in this bestseller that many of the greatest political, intellectual and technological innovations of the 18th and 19th centuries came from the Scots. (SCT65, $17.00)

Orkney

Orkney


by Howie Firth

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 512 PAGES

In this scholarly history, broadcaster Howie Firth chronicles the history of some of Great Britain's most beautiful (and strategically important) islands. Reaching beyond Orkney's picturesque seascapes, Firth's history is rife with mysterious Picts, ruthless Vikings, shipwrecks and legends of sea monsters. (SCT215, $75.00)

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 Highland Clans

The Highland Clans


by Alistair Moffat

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This excellent compact history of the Scottish Highland clans brings to life their leaders, traditions, families and heroic deeds with color illustrations, photos, a clan map and an alphabetical family list. (SCT164, $15.95)

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 Pirate Queen, In Search of Grace O'Malley and Other Legendary Women of the Sea

The Pirate Queen, In Search of Grace O'Malley and Other Legendary Women of the Sea


by Barbara Sjoholm

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 355 PAGES

Tales of plucky female pirates and explorers in the North Atlantic. Long interested in women and seafaring, Sjoholm journeyed from Ireland out to the Shetland and Faroe Islands, Iceland and Norway collecting folk-tales, stories and historical accounts of these remarkable seafaring heroines. (IRE135, $16.95)

The Scottish Highlands, A Cultural History

The Scottish Highlands, A Cultural History


by Andrew Beattie

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 292 PAGES

An exploration of the past and present of the Scottish Highlands, from the first Celtic settlements to their transformation into Scotland's modern mining capital. (SCT210, $15.00)

The Shetland Bus, A WWII Epic of Escape, Survival and Adventure

The Shetland Bus, A WWII Epic of Escape, Survival and Adventure


by David Howarth

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

The little-known story of a fleet of fishing boats that regularly journeyed across treacherous waters from the Shetland Islands to Norway, to bring relief and fortifications to Norwegians under Nazi attack. (NOR26, $16.95)

A Hebridean Notebook

A Hebridean Notebook


by Norman Ackroyd

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 96 PAGES

Deceptively simple, this collection of charcoal pencil and watercolor drawings represents the Hebrides cloud-like mists and high seas. Retired printmaker Norman Ackroyd sketched them (in wind and weather) on the deck of his boat. (SCT246, $26.95)

A Shetland Notebook

A Shetland Notebook


by Norman Ackroyd

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 96 PAGES

This coffee table book collects 29 haunting coastal landscapes created by British printmaker Norman Ackroyd, who gives context to each sketch through descriptions of his techniques -- and the weather. (SCT230, $27.95)

Hebrides

Hebrides


by Peter May

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

In this photographic exploration of Scotland's Outer Hebrides, author Peter May presents the landscapes that inspired his bestelling Lewis Trilogy: peat bogs, heather-coated hills, rugged islands, weather-beaten churches and all the vivid majesty of the archipelago. (SCT234, $26.99)

A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides


by Samuel Johnson | James Boswell

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 429 PAGES

Written when Johnson was 63 and Boswell 32 in 1773 (when they had been friends for ten years), these travel journals were the result of a three-month trip to Scotland. Johnson observed Scotland, and Boswell observed Johnson. (SCT07, $18.00)

Findings, Essays on the Natural and Unnatural World

Findings, Essays on the Natural and Unnatural World


by Kathleen Jamie

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 148 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

From Edinburgh and her husband's hospital room to salmon runs and the Outer Hebrides, a favorite Scottish poet pays close attention to the world around her in this moving collection of essays. Recommended for fans of Terry Tempest Williams and W.S. Merwin. (SCT182, $14.00)

Sea Room, An Island Life in the Hebrides

Sea Room, An Island Life in the Hebrides


by Adam Nicolson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

Nicolson explores the nature, history and magic of three remote islands in the Outer Hebrides in this affecting memoir. Tiny islands surrounded by serious tides, the Shiants nonetheless make their mark with 500-foot basalt cliffs, seabird and seal colonies and a long history. (GBR369, $20.00)

Seasons on Harris, A Year in Scotland's Outer Hebrides

Seasons on Harris, A Year in Scotland's Outer Hebrides


by David Yeadon

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER

Yeardon writes with lively sympathy of the island and its people (and even the lousy weather) in this appreciative account of the culture, traditions and beauty of the island. (SCT133, $15.99)

Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster

Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster


by William W. Starr

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

Beginning and ending in Edinburgh and making stops at Glasgow, Culloden, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye and more, William Starr follows hilariously in the footsteps of Boswell and Johnson across Scotland. (SCT166, $29.95)

William Wallace, Brave Heart

William Wallace, Brave Heart


by James MacKay

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

MacKay separates myth from legend in this rich account of one of Scotland's greatest heroes. He delves into medieval Scotland, setting the life of William Wallace in its historical context. (SCT30, $19.95)

Celtic Prayers and Incantations

Celtic Prayers and Incantations


by Alexander Carmichael

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 142 PAGES

An authoritative edition of poems and blessings as collected by folklorist Alexander Carmichael (1832 - 1912) over 40 years, when Gaelic was still widely spoken in the Skye, Uist, Oban and other islands of the Hebrides. (CLT4, $7.95)

Orkneyinga Saga, The History of the Earls of Orkney

Orkneyinga Saga, The History of the Earls of Orkney


by Hermann Palssom | Paul Edwards

  • LITERATURE
  • 1981
  • PAPER
  • 253 PAGES

A fusion of myth and legend, circa A.D. 1200, by an unnamed Icelandic author. The medieval chronicle has its center of action among the Orkney Islands, describing their conquest by Norwegian kings during the Viking expansion of the ninth century. (VIK07, $17.00)

Raven Black

Raven Black


by Ann Cleeves

  • MYSTERY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

In this award-winning debut, Inspector Jimmie Perez investigates multiple murders in the remote Shetland Islands. Winner of Britain's coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award. (GBR700, $16.99)

The Flight of Gemma Hardy

The Flight of Gemma Hardy


by Margot Livesey

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 447 PAGES

Inspired by Jane Eyre, Livesey's sixth novel traces the hardships and fate of a feisty young women who travels to the remote Orkney to become an au pair at Blackbird Hall. The brilliant evocation of 1960s Scotland draws on Livesey's childhood in the Highlands. (SCT181, $15.99)

The Lewis Man

The Lewis Man


by Peter May

  • MYSTERY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A second installment in the Isle of Lewis trilogy. Fin MacLeod has left the police force, intent on restoring his parents' storm-tossed cottage, when an unidentified corpse is recovered from a nearby peat bog. The dead man? Likely the father of Fin's childhood sweetheart. It seems MacLeod has walked into a terrible trap. (SCT224, $14.99)

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)

Waverley

Waverley


by Sir Walter Scott

  • LITERATURE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 528 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, $15.95)

Highlands: Scotland's Wild Heart

Highlands: Scotland's Wild Heart


by Laurie Campbell | Stephen Moss

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

A nature writer and a nature photographer document the lives of a diverse group of wild animals, from golden eagles and red stags to bottlenose dolphins and orcas, over the course of a year in the harsh but stunning landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. (SCT247, $40.00)

Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide

Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide


by Tony Soper | Dan Powell

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This compact, illustrated guide covers the many petrels, ducks, gulls, terns and other seabirds, as well as the rich abundance of life existing under the waves, that populate the vast Atlantic region from the British Isles to Newfoundland. (ATL26, $25.99)

Rob Roy

Rob Roy


by Michael Caton-Jones

  • FILM
  • 2002
  • DVD

In 1713 Scotland, Highlander Rob Roy is forced to borrow money from a local aristocrat to help his clan. When the money is stolen, he must use all his courage and cunning to survive. 139 minutes. (SCT89, $14.94)

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