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SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

Scotland's Highlands and Islands

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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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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, $18.95)

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)

Rob Roy

Rob Roy


by Sir Walter Scott

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 501 PAGES

Adventure in the highlands of 18th-century Scotland starring the dashing outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. Part of the "Penguin Classics" series, this book contains explanatory notes and an introduction that sets it in its historical context. (SCT20, $13.00)

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)

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)

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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