of Blue Air: A Highland Journey Inspired by a verse in a
poem, Crumley treks from one end of Scotland to the Northern
Highlands recording his thoughts as he goes. Owing to his poet's
nature, he narrates and describes in such clear images that
you can see the pictures he records in the book. Walkers in
search of solitude will welcome the way he records experiences
that only he has and then shares them with us all. His description
of the deer stampeding, of the peregrine's attack and of the
absolute stillness conjur up reflections of this in one's mind
Famous Highland Drove Walk Following the path trodden by
ancient drovers, a long distance coast-to-coast walk from the
Isle of Skye to Crieff. Includes relevant maps and advice for
walkers, as well as tales from history and legend featuring
places en route.
around Scotland Still rarely visited are many parts of Scotland's
shoreline which offer some of the finest coastal scenery in
Europe. This book provides an entertaining account of a journey
on a mountain bike around this ever-changing coastline. Nicholas
Fairweather's starting point was Portpatrick in Dumfries and
Galloway. He followed coastal roads and tracks over Arran and
Mull to the wild shores of Ardnamurchan, hitching lifts on boats
to cycle across Knoydart before taking the Glenelg ferry to
Skye. There were more tracks past the mountains of Torridon
with a boat trip to Ullapool and a hard pedal through Assynt
to beautiful Sandwood Bay. After losing the track and common
sense, the demanding cross-country push to Cape Wrath proved
to be a minefield, but Nicholas eventually reached the famous
lighthouse and towering cliffs. The route then followed the
northern edge of Scotland, crossing over to Orkney before heading
south, down the north-east coast, past Dornoch to Inverness.
At a later date, Nicholas resumed his coastal exploration via
Lossiemouth through the dark forests of Culbin and Tentsmuir.
The last part of the journey took him along the south-east coast
to a sunny evening at St Abbs Head, over the deserted hill roads
of the Borders to Dumfries and on to the Mull of Galloway. The
book, illustrated with photographs and maps, evokes the beauty
and mystique of Scotland's intriguing coastline while offering
some practical help to aspiring travellers. Scottish
the Highlands in 1786: The... nquisitive Journey of a Young
French Aristocrat. Francois and Alexandre de La Rochefoucauld
have already earned their place among the more remarkably perceptive
and lively commentators on eighteenth-century England, in the
two earlier books of their travels presented so vividly and
with such a wealth of detail by Norman Scarfe. Now it is the
turn of Scotland to fall under scrutiny, in a journey undertaken
in 1786 by Alexandre alone, in the company of his tutor Lazowski.
As with the previous tours, the journey was undertaken to learn
at first hand, but this time what preoccupied them was farming
improvement (though industry, in the form of Paisley gauzes
and other developments, also captured their enthusiastic attention).
In a great sweep, they travel right round Scotland as far as
the Moray Firth and the Great Glen, and down to Glasgow and
Paisley. Scottish Travels.
Long Walk on the Isle of Skye: A New...
David Paterson has pioneered another route through the spectacular
scenery of the West Highlands, this time on the Isle of Skye.
The 75 mile walk goes from the most southern to the most northern
tip, and is described in full here.
An Englishman Ventures North... Seasoned journalist and
writer Charles Jennings goes in search of the contradictions,
cliches and surprises that make up a land that is singular in
its clearly-held identity, cherished even by those with less
than a second-cousin's-cat-once-removed claim to Scottish heritage.
Stomping the quintessential Highlands from Inverness to Skye
and risking frozen extremities to reach breathtaking Hebridean
islands, he discovers a land of awe-inspiring beauty. And then
travels city-wards to reach a nation of awe-inspiring iron(bru)-clad
stomachs from the legendary deep-fried Mars Bar to the underrated
and delicious haggis, classic oatcake, and fine whisky. Contemplating
whether his great grandfather's legacy qualifies him to shed
a tear at the sound of bagpipes, Charles Jennings compares the
elegance of Edinbugh with the industrial action of Aberdeen,
risks a pint in Kelvinside and sinks into the peaty bogs of
Mull. Scottish Travels.
of a Tour of Scotland On a 663-mile journey through the
Scottish Lowlands and southwestern Highlands in the late summer
and early autumn of 1803, Dorothy Wordsworth kept a journal.
Travelling with her brother William and, for a short time, Samuel
Coleridge, she recorded the adventures, sights and landscape
of their trip. Her journal returns to print in this volume that
provides black-and-white photographs of the Scottish scenes
described. Carol Kyros Walker has captured these places in a
photographic essay that follows each week of Wordsworth's journal
entries. Walker also contributes an introduction to locate events
of the journey within their historical setting and to explain
the significance of this trip for the three participants; a
discussion of Dorothy Wordsworth's skills as a writer; extensive
notes to clarify her many allusions; and a map of the itinerary.
Travelling in an eccentric Irish jaunting car - a rudimentary
horse drawn vehicle - the Wordsworth party encountered assorted
strangers and a wild countryside. Wordsworth presents a series
of vignettes - a brutish ferryman beats her horse; solicitous
Highland girls laugh as they choose dry clothes for her and
her brother writes a poem about them; and a hermit's cell near
Killin, with its moss decorations, stuffed foxes and wooden
books covered with leather, fills her with wonder. Samuel Rogers
and Walter Scott are alive in these pages and mix of historical
figures also appears, including Rob Roy, William Wallace, Robert
the Bruce and Robert Burns. Dorothy even incorporates early
versions of her brother's poems in order to enhance own descriptions.
Light Walk Whilst on duty in the cramped confines of Muckle
Flugga Lighthouse, Ian Cassells, took to walking circuits round
the lighthouse station for exercise, 12 laps to the mile. With
this background, when the Northern Lighthouse Board celebrated
its bicentenary in 1986, he made the suggestion that in commemoration
of the anniversary he carry out a sponsored walk to raise money
for the RNLI, calling at all the then manned lighthouses on
the Scottish mainland. It took the author 58 days in which he
covered at least 1100 miles on foot.
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