A few suggestions for some reading before your holiday.
Eye on the Hebrides Mairi Hedderwick – Price £9.99 Canongate Books
Highland Journey Mairi Hedderwick – Price £14.99 Canongate Books
Scottish Islands Hamish Haswell Smith – Price £25.00 Harper Collins
Hundred Best Routes on the Scottish Mountains Ralph Storer – Price £6.99 Warner
The Munros Cameron McNeish – Price £15.00 Omen Books
Assynt Geological Motor Trail D.R. Shelley – Price 75p (A gem for those interested in Geology) – Published by the Sutherland Tourist Board
Machair Scotland’s Living landscapes published by the Scottish Natural Heritage £3.00
The Ancient Monuments of the Western Isles Historic Scotland – Her Majesties Stationary Office – £3.95
Travellers Tales in Caithness and Sutherland Published by the Sutherland Tourist Board – £1.75
Harris Tourist Information Guide Published by Harris Council for Voluntary Service – £2.00
The Western Isles Published bt the Western Isles Tourist Board – £2.00
Discovering Lewis and Harris James Shaw Grant – published by John Donald Edinburgh – £8.50
Some older books with insight to the glorious lands of your holiday are:-
The Highlands of Scotland by Quigley Adam published by Batsford
The Lowlands of Scotland by Scott Moncreiff published by Batsford
The Heart of Scotland by Blake published by Batsford
Road to the Isles Derek Cooper – an excellent book to read prior to a visit
For a glimpse of the glory that you are about to see then none can be better
W.A. Poucher’s The Highlands; W.A. Poucher’s Scotland and W.A. Poucher’s Skye all published by Constable.
For those who are particularly interested in the western Isles then Johnson & Boswell – a journey to the western Isles – A Tour of the Hebrides – is a must. It is a delightful story of some 200 years ago and how people then viewed these magical islands
There is a plethora of books for those who wish to walk. One that is particularly good is in the Pathfinder Guide Series – Skye and the North West Highlands – Published by Jerrold and the Ordnance Survey. An excellent book. For sheer pleasure Murial Gray’s First Fifty is a gem.
There is a particularly interesting small book giving information for the whole of the Wester Ross District and it was written by Mrs. Constance Nitford – originally in the 1930′s. It was reprinted some years ago and is on sale locally in the area and is published by the Northern Times Limited in Golspie.
Portrait of the Highlands by W Douglas Simpson published by Hale, is a superb introduction to the central and the Northern Highlands of Scotland. Copiously illustrated, it is an excellent book for both the casual and the serious student of the area. It was originally published in 1969 but nevertheless has stood the test of time extraordinarily well. The author also wrote Portrait of Skye and the outer Hebrides which is also a brilliant book. It doesn’t aim to be another tourist handbook but it certainly does give a portrait of the areas both in their geology, their culture and their history. Very very good reading.
A delightful book, Scottish Mountain Drawings was produced by dear Mr. Wainwright who has written such wonderful books and delighted us with so many drawings of the Lake District. This was published in 1974 and is an absolute must for those who wish to walk some Munros. This volume deals with the northern Highlands and is published by Westmoreland. The trilogy of books written by Tom Atkinson are a very good way of learning a little about a lot of places. The guide book to the north of Scotland from Ullapool to Cape Wrath and from Bonar Bridge to Bettyhill is called The Empty Lands The guide book to the far west and far north up to Ullapool from Monar and Knoydart is called The road to the Isles There is so much contained in these books and they can be heartily recommended.