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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, interweaving history with archaeology, myth and his own interviews and travels. (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)

Eyewitness Guide Scotland

Eyewitness Guide Scotland

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

This compact, illustrated travel guide features color photography, excellent maps and a region-by-region synopsis of Scotland's attractions. (SCT40, $25.00)

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)

 
Edinburgh Map

Edinburgh Map


by Streetwise

  • 2010
  • MAP

An accordion folded, pocket size, laminated travel map of Edinburgh at a walking scale of 1:12,000. (SCT52, $7.95)

Glasgow Map

Glasgow Map


by A-Z

  • MAP

A convenient, folded and detailed city map of Glasgow at a scale of 1:19,000. (SCT99, $15.95)

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)

DK Eyewitness Travel Top 10 Scotland


by Alastair Scott

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES
  • COMING IN MARCH

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Scotland. (SCT216, $14.00)

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)

Blasted Heaths and Blessed Greens, A Golfer's Pilgrimage to the Courses of Scotland

Blasted Heaths and Blessed Greens, A Golfer's Pilgrimage to the Courses of Scotland


by James W. Finegan

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Finegan, the former golf columnist of the Philadelphia Inquirer, takes us on a delightful tour of the great links of Scotland, combining personal anecdote, a history of the game and a character study of the Scots. (SCT08, $21.00)

Celtic Prayers from Iona

Celtic Prayers from Iona


by J. Philip Newell

  • RELIGION
  • 1997
  • HARD COVER
  • 96 PAGES

While wardens on the island, Philip Newell and his wife were inspired by Gaelic prayer and the poems of the 19th-century Scotsman Alexander Carmichael. To spread their appreciation for the art form, they developed this handsome book of prayers. (SCT21, $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, $16.00)

Scotland, A Very Short Introduction

Scotland, A Very Short Introduction


by Rab Houston

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Covering everything from the Jacobites to the modern economy, this brisk account ranges over 1,000 years of society, culture, politics and religion. (SCT194, $11.95)

The Celts: A Very Short Introduction

The Celts: A Very Short Introduction


by Barry W. Cunliffe

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 161 PAGES

A concise, revealing social history of the Celts by a reigning authority and popular writer. (CLT03, $11.95)

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 Scottish Highlands, A Cultural History


by Andrew Beattie

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES
  • COMING IN JULY

An explooration of the past and present of the Scottish Highlands, form the first Celtic settlements to their transformation into Scotland's modern mining capital. (SCT210, $22.10)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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