Suggested Reading List
A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides
Author: Samuel Johnson, James Boswell
Description: 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.
Fodor's London's 25 Best
Author: Louise Nicholson
Description: This slim guide to London (with handy full-color maps) has everything you need to know for a short visit to the city, including recommended sightseeing, restaurants, hotels and shops.
Great Britain and Ireland Map
Author: HEMA Maps
Description: A nicely detailed map showing both Great Britain and Ireland at a scale of 1:800,000.
Pocket Guide to the Birds of Britain and North-West Europe
Author: Chris Kightley
Description: A compact field-friendly guide to the birds found in the British Isles and the Faroes, Scandinavia and Northwest Europe.
Scotland, A Concise History
Author: Fitzroy MacLean, Magnus Linklater (Contributor)
Description: 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.
Sea Room, An Island Life in the Hebrides
Author: Adam Nicolson
Description: 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.
Seamanship, A Voyage Along the Wild Coasts of the British Isles
Author: Adam Nicolson
Description: Nicolson offers an engrossing account of a coastal voyage from Cornwall, along the western coast of Ireland, out to the Faroes and to Orkney in this brief hymn to the sea.
Stone Voices, The Search for Scotland
Author: Neal Ascherson
Description: Ascherson writes with verve and insight on the centuries-old impulse toward nationhood in Scotland in this absorbing portrait, interweaving history with archaeology, myth and his own interviews and travels.
Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage
Author: Tim Robinson, Seamus Heaney (Introduction)
Description: A richly layered hymn to Arainn, largest of the Aran Islands, Robinson's adopted home.
Sun Dancing, A Vision of Medieval Ireland
Author: Geoffrey Moorhouse
Description: This wonderfully inspired combination of scholarship and historical fiction, set at the monastery on Skellig Michael, carries the reader back to Ireland's early monastic tradition.
The Aran Islands
Author: J.M. Synge, Tim Robinson (Introduction)
Description: A much-loved turn-of-the-century account of the islands (as contrasted with mainland Ireland), drenched in the Celtic soul of the Irish.
The British Isles, A History of Four Nations
Author: Hugh Kearney
Description: The Celts, Romans, Vikings, Normans and modern immigrants all make an appearance in this Canto Classics edition of Kearney's elegant and revisionist history of not just the English but also of the Scots, Welsh and Irish.
The Crofter and the Laird
Author: John McPhee
Description: 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.
The Story of England
Author: Christopher Hibbert
Description: Beautifully illustrated with color pictures, chronological charts, royal genealogies and maps, this popular history of English politics, economics and culture from the Neolithic Age to the 1990s is an excellent travel companion.
Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster
Author: William W. Starr
Description: 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.