Suggested Reading List
A Traveller's History of Scotland
Author: Andrew Fisher
Description: 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.
Celtic Prayers and Incantations
Author: Alexander Carmichael
Description: An authoritative edition of poems and blessings as collected by folklorist Alexander Carmichael (1832 - 1912) over 40 years, when Gaelic was still widely spoken in the Skye, Uist, Oban and other islands of the Hebrides.
Culture Smart! Scotland
Author: John Scotney
Description: A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture, equally of interest to the traveler and business person.
Findings, Essays on the Natural and Unnatural World
Author: Kathleen Jamie
Description: From Edinburgh and her husband's hospital room to salmon runs and the Outer Hebrides, a favorite Scottish poet pays close attention to the world around her in this moving collection of essays. Recommended for fans of Terry Tempest Williams and W.S. Merwin.
Footprint Handbook Scotland Highland and Islands
Author: Alan Murphy
Description: This guide provides great coverage to all of Scotland’s national parks, mountains, castles, glens and lochs as well as comprehensive listings of B&Bs and suggestions on getting off the beaten path.
Gods of the Morning, A Bird's-Eye View of a Changing World
Author: John Lister-Kaye
Description: Prominent naturalist Lister-Kaye describes how the Scottish Highlands have changed over the last 30 years through the eyes of remarkable birds, from the common swallow to the whooper swan and many more. A vivid, personable and poetic read.
Highlanders, A History of the Highland Clans
Author: Fitzroy MacLean
Description: 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.
On Glasgow and Edinburgh
Author: Robert Crawford
Description: A history and guide, Crawford's lively account, drawing on a wealth of historical and literary sources, affirms what people from Glasgow and Edinburgh have long doubted -- that it is possible to love both cities.
Scotland Adventure Map
Author: National Geographic Maps
Description: A double-sided folded map of Scotland by the National Geographic Society and World Mapping Project at a scale of 1:440,000.
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.
Song of the Rolling Earth, A Highland Odyssey
Author: John Lister-Kaye
Description: A celebration of the land, wildlife and human history of highland Scotland by the founder of the Aigas Field Centre.
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.
The Celts: A Very Short Introduction
Author: Barry W. Cunliffe
Description: A concise, revealing social history of the Celts by a reigning authority and popular writer.
The Highland Clans
Author: Alistair Moffat
Description: 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.
The Living Mountain, A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland
Author: Nan Shepherd
Description: Robert Macfarlane writes of this classic, "Most works of mountain literature are written by men, and most of them focus on the goal of the summit. Nan Shepherd’s aimless, sensual exploration of the Cairngorms is bracingly different."
The Most Beautiful Villages of Scotland
Author: Hugh Palmer
Description: 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
Author: Andrew Beattie
Description: 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.
Author: Sir Walter Scott
Description: 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.
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.
William Wallace, Brave Heart
Author: James MacKay
Description: MacKay separates myth from legend in this rich account of one of Scotland's greatest heroes. He delves into medieval Scotland, setting the life of William Wallace in its historical context.