The Crofter and the Laird
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.
Stone Voices, The Search for Scotland
Ascherson writes with verve and insight on the centuries-old impulse toward nationhood in Scotland in this absorbing portrait.
Fitzroy MacLean, Magnus Linklater (Contributor)
Scotland, A Concise History
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.
Eyewitness Guide Scotland
This compact, illustrated travel guide features color photography, excellent maps and a region-by-region synopsis of Scotland’s attractions.
National Geographic Maps
Scotland Adventure Map
A double-sided folded map of Scotland by the National Geographic Society and World Mapping Project at a scale of 1:440,000.
An accordion folded, pocket-size, laminated travel map of Edinburgh at a walking scale of 1:12,000.
Culture Smart! Scotland
A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture, equally of interest to the traveler and business person.
The Highland Clans
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.
A Traveller’s History of Scotland
This brief history of Scotland through the 1990s is wide-ranging, accessible and necessarily condensed. With a useful chronology, a list of monarchs and a historical gazetteer, this book marches confidently through the centuries.
J. Philip Newell
Celtic Prayers from Iona
While wardens on the island, Philip Newell and his wife were inspired by Gaelic prayer and the poems of the 19th-century Scotsman Alexander Carmichael. To spread their appreciation for the art form, they developed this handsome book of prayers.
Barry W. Cunliffe
The Celts: A Very Short Introduction
A concise, revealing social history of the Celts by a reigning authority and popular writer.
The Most Beautiful Villages of Scotland
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.
The Scottish Highlands, A Cultural History
An exploration of the past and present of the Scottish Highlands, from the first Celtic settlements to their transformation into Scotland’s modern mining capital.
Highlanders, A History of the Highland Clans
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.
Samuel Johnson, James Boswell
A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides
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.
Neil Miller Gunn
Off in a Boat, Hebridean Voyage
Gunn captures the romance and exhilaration of small boat travel in this enchanting account of a 1930s voyage through the Hebrides, interweaving his own adventures with history and lore.
Sea Room, An Island Life in the Hebrides
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.
William W. Starr
Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster
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.
Hermann Palssom, Paul Edwards
Orkneyinga Saga, The History of the Earls of Orkney
A fusion of myth and legend, circa A.D. 1200, by an unnamed Icelandic author. The medieval chronicle has its center of action among the Orkney Islands, describing their conquest by Norwegian kings during the Viking expansion of the ninth century.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
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.
Sir Walter Scott
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.
Tony Soper, Dan Powell (Illustrator)
Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide
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.