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The islands off the west coast of Scotland contain some of the most spectacular and unspoilt scenery in the whole of Europe. From the glacier worn summits of Arran to the wave-lashed sand dunes on Tiree; from the silent moors of Jura to the raucous seabird colonies of Colonsay; from the medieval legacy of the carved crosses on Islay to the crumbling cottages of the nineteenth-century crofters on Mull, these islands are celebrated not only for their extraordinary natural beauty but also for their unique history. This guide introduces the islands by way of a series of 26 graded walks (easy to strenuous) of various distances (2-13 miles) which will appeal to walkers of all ages and experience. After a short preliminary section on the islands, Stephen Whitehorne introduces the main points of interest of each walk (scenery, wildlife, human settlements etc.) and goes on to provide essential information for the walker - OS references, distances, terrain, convenient stops and various options. As well as sections on natural history and geology and Gaelic language and culture, the book also includes indispensable practical information on weather, local transport, accommodation, access and safety considerations, thus enabling visitors to make the very most of their visit to the islands. This volume covers the following islands: Eigg, Rum, Skye, Raasay, Barra and Vatersay, South Uist, North Uist, Harris, Lewis, Muck - Canna, Benbecula, Handa, St Kilda. The Western Isles. Skye and the Small Isles.

Eigg. The Story Of An island. Drawing on written accounts and oral history, legend and song, this is the story of Eigg and its inhabitants from the earliest times to the present day. Tracing the changing landscapes and lifestyles from the bloodthirsty days of clan battles, remembered through myths and songs, to the development of crofting, the clearances and the effect of various landlords on the island. This book gives a comprehensive and colourful picture of how the islanders reacted and survived. "Eigg" is a testament to the importance of Highland heritage, capturing the imagination of a community in the struggle to recreate an island identity. Eigg: The Story of an Island.

This is an account of Rum, one of the Hebrides and the people who contributed to its story. The site of some of the earliest settlements in Scotland, Rum's history extends back to the Mesolithic period. It was also an isolated haven for the early Celtic Church in the figure of Beccan the Solitary, and later formed part of the territories of the Vikings and Clanranalds, and ultimately the Macleans of Coll. Its population were driven out to North America between 1826 and 1828 and the Bulloughs, a family of Lancashire industrialists, bought the island towards the end of the nineteenth century and left a bizarre legacy of Edwardiana in the form of Kinloch castle and its grand contents. This work paints a picture of the island as a rich cultural and natural heritage that eminently justifies its status as one of Scotland's finest nature reserves. Rum: A Landscape Without Figures.

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