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Highlands and Islands of Scotland

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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)

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, $30.95)

Lonely Planet Scotland's Highlands & Islands

Lonely Planet Scotland's Highlands & Islands

by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 383 PAGES

This practical guide to Scotland's Highlands and Inlands features maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature, and plenty of information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. With color photographs and excellent travel information. (SCT62, $20.99)

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)

 
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)

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)

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 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)

An Innocent in Scotland, More Curious Rambles and Singular Encounters

An Innocent in Scotland, More Curious Rambles and Singular Encounters


by David W. McFadden

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 346 PAGES

A sequel to his rambles in Ireland, McFadden again taps local lore, personality and history in this most entertaining journey through Scotland. (SCT28, $18.95)

Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots


by Antonia Fraser

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 613 PAGES

This richly readable biography, the story of a legend who was loved even en route to her death, illuminates Mary's age as well as the figure herself. (SCT01, $20.00)

Off in a Boat, Hebridean Voyage

Off in a Boat, Hebridean Voyage


by Neil Miller Gunn

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 348 PAGES

Gunn captures the romance and exhilaration of small boat travel in this enchanting account of a 1930s voyage through the Hebrides, interweaving his own adventures with history and lore. (GBR66, $18.95)

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)

Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster

Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster


by William W. Starr

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

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)

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)

Kidnapped

Kidnapped


by Robert Louis Stevenson

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

With great feeling for the Scottish landscape, history, and the local atmosphere, this classic tale of the conflict between Lowlanders and Highlanders mirrors the split sympathies of the author himself. (SCT02, $10.00)

To the Lighthouse

To the Lighthouse


by Virginia Woolf

  • LITERATURE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 209 PAGES

Woolf's modernist classic, in which the Ramsay family goes on holiday in the Hebrides, is drawn from memories of childhood trips to Cornwall. (SCT41, $13.95)

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)

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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