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Take the Slow Road: Scotland: Inspirational Journeys Round the Highlands, Lowlands and Islands of Scotland by Camper Van and Motorhome
Forget hurrying. Forget putting your foot down and racing through sweeping bends. Forget the understeer (whatever that is). Forget the blur of a life lived too fast. This is a look at taking life slowly. It’s about taking the time to enjoy journeys and places for their own sake. It’s about stopping and putting the kettle on. Stopping to take a picture. Stopping to enjoy stopping. How are you going to do it? In a camper van or a motorhome, of course.
Donald Reid – The Rough Guide to Scottish Highlands and Islands
Explore every corner of this unspoilt and dramatic area with the fully-revised fourth edition of the “Rough Guide to Scottish Highlands and Islands”. From walking along the deserted beaches in South Harris to whale-watching in Mull – inspired by dozens of photos – the 24-page, full-colour introduction highlights all the ‘things-not-to-miss’. In addition, there are two, brand-new, 4-page, full-colour inserts: ‘Wildlife’ and ‘Food and Drink’. The guide includes listings of all the top hotels, guest houses and the best places to eat and sample the local whiskies. There is plenty of practical advice for exploring the great ‘Scottish’ outdoors, from bagging munros to skiing on The Cairngorm mountains. The guide comes complete with maps and plans for the entire region.
Hamish Haswell Smith – The Scottish Islands
From the abandoned crofts of Mingulay and the standing stones of Orkney to the white beaches of Colonsay and the spectacular Cuillins of Skye, this is a complete gazetteer covering all of Scotland’s many hundreds of islands, including those which are uninhabited and those which are notoriously difficult to reach. Packed with information on access, anchorages, points of historical or natural interest and things to do and see, this compendium provides information for touring, for browsing, for reference, and for all of those travellers who wish to experience some of the most beautiful and remote places in the world. Illustrated with full colour illustrations and relief maps of all the main islands, this is both an impressive work of reference and a fascinating personal view of Scotland’s distant outposts.
Photographing Scotland: A photo-location and visitor guidebook
If you are a keen photographer who can’t miss a sunrise or are on holiday using a mobile phone camera, this guidebook will take you to the most beautiful and photogenic places in Scotland. In this extensive photo-location and visitor guidebook, award winning Scottish photographer Dougie Cunningham explores and describes the most beautiful places in Scotland to visit and photograph. From Glencoe to Glen Torridon, Skye to Shetland, Callanish to Cairngorm, this guidebook reveals the islands and mountains, glens and lochs, rivers and coastline and visits ancient stone circles, fortified houses, medieval castles, crofts and peel towers. The classic views are included and many more lesser known and hidden gems amongst the Lowlands, Highlands and Islands of this spectacular country. Also included are photographic tours of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and a handy list of the best Scottish whiskey distilleries to visit.
Chris Tabraham – Scotland’s Castles
The authoritative and engaging story of Scotland’s Castles from the 12th to the 16th centuries, from mighty castles royal to tall storeys and poky dwellings. Despite their grand associations, Scottish castles were central to the lives of many Scots, of all social stations; castles were their workplace, their place of worship, their army barracks, their law court, their prison, their hotel, their place of entertainment and even their place of execution. For that reason, author Chris Tabraham enthusiastically covers the rich history of these buildings, covering as much as anything the human aspect of the Scottish castle. In this new edition, fully revised and updated with the latest field surveys, archaeological excavations and tree-ring dating, the book covers: the physical nature of castles and their changing styles; the people who lived, worked, prayed and died in Scotland’s castles; the military role of castles Hugely readable and richly illustrated, this book is for all those interested in Scotland’s history.
Tom Steel – The life and death of St Kilda
Despite being classed as an educational read, which might put most people off I recommend this book! It talks about a society, enclosed on a archipelago of small islands. A society that had survived for centuries to be destroyed not by nature or by themselves but by mainland civilisation! The book tells their story and discusses in more detail the reason why the villagers were evacuated in the 1930’s. The book has insets of pictures which provides a visible insight into the world and people you read about! There are also some informative maps at the front of the book. When reading the book, it allows you to be an invisible observer during the last few days of inhabitance on the island. It is a fascinating and touching read that leaves you asking the question, ‘Is St Kilda a microcosm of the bigger world, does it’s demise represent the fate of the world in general?’
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2006 is a revised and expanded edition of the highly successful and innovative book that had its genesis in 2003. This established market leader is published well in time for Christmas and takes account of all the latest developments in the world of whisky. What makes this book such a tour de force, however, is the tasting notes on hundreds and hundreds of different brands. The author has travelled around the world checking out whisky from distilleries as far-flung as Pakistan and Finland, as well as the world-leaders in Scotland, Ireland, Japan and the United States. In terms of whisky, this is the gospel!
Lonely Planet Scotland (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Scotland is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sip the water of life, whisky, in an ancient pub, trace the trails of the clanspeople fleeing Glen Coe, or play a round in St Andrew’s, golf’s spiritual home; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Scotland and begin your journey now!
Michael Jacksons’s Malt Whisky Companion
Do you know your Mortlach from your Miltonduff? A Glenfiddich from a Glenlugie? Find out the differences in Michael Jackson’s new edition of his celebrated guide to single malts. This is an essential read for the whisky connoisseur. There are several books on the market giving tasting notes on malt whiskies which are revised every four or five years. Most of these books give only one or two tastings per distillery, covering those bottles that will be found in the larger supermarket or the local wine shop. Should you be lucky enough to be visiting a more specialist retailer, in search of something special for a friend, or better still for yourself, then you may find that these books will offer little guidance about the more aged malts on offer, or those from the independent bottlers. This is where Jackson’s book comes into its own. He will not desert you on such premises, he will offer help and advice when choosing that more exotic (we hope) and (probably) more expensive malt.
Samuel Johnson – Journey to the Hebrides
Samuel Johnson and James Boswell spent the autumn of 1773 touring the Highlands and the Western Islands of Scotland. Both kept detailed notes of their impressions and later published separate accounts of their journey together. The account of their great tour is one of the finest pieces of travel writing ever produced: it is a historical document and also a portrait of two extraordinary personalities. James Boswell is the author of “The Life of Samuel Johnson”.
Ronald Williams – The Lord of the Isles
From the establishment of the Kingdom of Dalriada in Argyll by Fergus Mor in AD 500, through to the forfeiture of the Lordship at the end of the 15th century, this is Scotland’s history told in narrative style. The book also examines the depredations of the Vikings and the Battle of Clontarf. Ronald Williams is a gifted historian and House of Lochar is proud to have published three of his titles to date
Patrick Bailey – Orkney
Remote, romantic and often mysterious, the islands off the coast of Scotland hold a strong fascination for thousands of visitors each year. Focusing on Orkney, this title is one of a series of illustrated guidebooks providing information on heritage, landscape, climate, flora and fauna.
Alan J. Wilson – Ghostly Tales and Sinister Stories of Old Edinburgh
This is a collection of over 100 tales of murder, ghosts and ghouls, body-snatching and witch-burning, which reveal the darker side of genteel Edinburgh’s history. Included are the macabre exploits of the capital’s infamous villains – Deacon Brodie, and Burke and Hare.
Collins – Scottish Birds
A reissue of the bestselling guide to over 180 species of birds to be found throughout Scotland. An ideal pocket guide to over 180 species of bird found throughout Scotland. Each species is illustrated in full colour with a comprehensive description, plus the bird’s English, Latin and — new this edition — Gaelic names. For ease of use the birds are grouped together by the type of habitat in which they can be found, including gardens, farmland, woodland, freshwater, heath and hills, and coasts. A places to visit section details over 70 of the best sites for bird-watching, complete with directions to them and what to expect to see when you get there.
The National Trust for Scotland Book of Scotland’s Wildlife
Working with the help of scientists and conservationists, including those on the staff of the National Trust for Scotland, wildlife photographer Niall Benvie has compiled a portrait of the creatures which we all think of as characteristically Scottish – red deer, pine martens, otters, mountain hares and red squirrels among the mammals, and birds such as golden eagle, ptarmigan, and red and black grouse. In all 73 species are illustrated in photographs, mostly the author’s own, and described in a text which focuses upon the status of endangered species and threatened habitats, and the efforts which are being made to preserve them and, in some cases, to re-introduce species that have been lost to Scotland in the past.
Magnus Magnusson – Scotland: The Story of a Nation
A vivid look at Scotland’s long and difficult road to nationhood, re-exploring some cherished myths and unearthing a wealth of fascinating new detail. Magnus Magnusson’s starting-point is Sir Walter Scott’s classic version of Scotland’s history, “Tales of a Grandfather”. Since its first appearance in 1827-29, Scott’s book has moulded the views of generations of Scottish schoolchildren. It told the story of Scotland from the point of view of a deeply patriotic Tory who believed that the nation’s destiny had been fulfilled with the Union of Parliaments in 1707. Magnus Magnusson takes the reader through Scotland’s history from the earliest Mesolithic settlers on the island of Rum to the establishment of the new Scottish parliament in 1999. In investigating the many questions raised by the nation’s turbulent and often poignant past, he gives full weight to the “people’s history” of Scotland – the living treasure of local legends and tradition which he believes has as much resonance as academic analysis.
Scotland Bookshop Maps Section
Scotland Touring Map
This popular touring map has a huge amount of detail with over 1,000 places of tourist interest plotted and named on the map. The features have been plotted onto an up-to-date and attractive Collins map of Scotland. A clear, easy to follow road map with colour classified roads. Ideal for tourists with hundreds of distinctive tourist symbols and tourist information centres all shown.
This map includes:
• The whole of Scotland on a double sided sheet at 5 miles to 1 inch
• Over 25 categories of tourist information shown on the map including youth hostels, picnic sites and ferries as well as the more obvious tourist sites such as castles, wildlife parks and museums
• Detailed town centre maps of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness and Perth
• Distances on the map along major routes
Philip’s Navigator Scotland
Navigator Scotland offers so much more than road maps: hundreds of individually named farms, houses and hamlets, airports, airfields, stations, ferries, canals, marinas, tourist information centres, and a wide range of places of interest. The atlas has a comprehensive index and includes indexed town plans of major regional centres. The front of the atlas contains a 15-page guide to regional leisure facilities and listings of a wide variety of activities from abseiling to yachting. The atlas is ideal for touring with its large scale and wealth of travel information. The exceptional detail also makes the atlas ideal for local business use.
North Coast 500 Guide Book
Welcome to the NC500. This tourist route takes in over 500mi (900km) of some of the UK’s most stunning scenery. The North Coast 500 winds its way through the North Highlands of Scotland, starting and ending at Inverness. On the way it passes mountains, glens, beaches, cliffs, castles, ancient sites and picturesque villages.