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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 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)

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, $30.95)

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)

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)

 
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)

Rough Guide Scotland

Rough Guide Scotland


by Rough Guide

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

A comprehensive guide focusing on where to go and what to do from Dumphries and Edinburgh to Stornoway, Kirkwall and Lerwick. (SCT60, $22.99)

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)

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, $16.00)

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 Steel Bonnets

The Steel Bonnets


by George MacDonald Fraser

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

MacDonald Fraser captures the celebrated mayhem, blood and glory of the Anglo-Scottish border raids in rich and entertaining detail. (SCT04, $14.95)

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)

Sea Room, An Island Life in the Hebrides

Sea Room, An Island Life in the Hebrides


by Adam Nicolson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 391 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, $15.99)

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)

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)

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, $16.00)

Poor Things


by Alasdair Gray

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

Set in 19th-century Edinburgh, Gray's satirical novel-within-a-novel chronicles a mad scientist's attempt to create the perfect companion. The oversize paperback includes the author's wonderfully strange illustrations. (SCT173, $14.95)

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)

The Reavers

The Reavers


by George MacDonald Fraser

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

After twelve gloriously scandalous Flashman novels, the incomparable George MacDonald Fraser gives us a hilarious tale of derring-do from the turn of the 17th century (sort of) in the wild Borderlands of Scotland. (GBR755, $14.95)

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)

Scotland


by Peter Friend

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Volume 119 in the New Naturalist Series, this well illustrated natural history focuses on the formation of Scotland's dramatic landscapes. (SCT179, $45.00)

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)

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)

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