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Wild Guide Scotland

by Kimberley Grant, David Cooper and Richard Gaston

In this inspiring compendium, you will find the best of Scotlandís unspoiled Highlands and Islands. Featuring stunning photography and engaging travel writing, this is the perfect guide for those seeking a wild adventure: hidden places, outdoor adventures, local/artisanal food and inspiring places to stay. The book offers hundreds of ideas for the perfect adventure in the wilds and wonderlands of Scotland from stunning mountains to secret glens with shimmering lochs and hidden waterfalls perfect for a summer swim. Explore lost ruins and castles, watch seabird colonies on dramatic cliffs, walk barefoot on white-sand beaches lapped by turquoise waters...or retreat to ancient inns with roaring fires.

The Scottish Food Bible

by Claire Macdonald

Claire Macdonald, the author of 17 best-selling cooking books, celebrates the very best of Scotland's homegrown ingredients -- dairy produce, meat and fish, fruit and vegetables and even whisky -- in 60 imaginative recipes for starters, main courses and desserts, as well as for sauces, dressings, baking and other treats. Recipes include: herb crepes with smoked salmon, crème fraiche and diced cucumber; venison fillet with green peppercorn, ginger and port sauce; chocolate oatmeal biscuits; and iced honey and whisky creams.

The Small Isles

by John Hunter

For the first time the forgotten histories of a group of four Scottish islands -- known collectively as the Small Isles -- have been brought together in a definitive new work. By exploring the physical evidence that remains on these islands, The Small Isles reveals how Rum, Eigg, Canna and Muck have been at the heart of key moments in Scottish history, from 10,000-year-old human settlements established for trading "magical" bloodstone, to the murders of early Christian pilgrims, the social and economic devastation of The Clearances and the construction of elite Victorian sporting retreats. Professor John Hunter, who was commissioned by Historic Environment Scotland to write the book, said: "These quiet-seeming landscapes hide centuries of hardship, intrigue, controversy and violence. They are small islands with big histories. Yet, over the last two centuries, the traditions, customs, buildings and even place names have been depleted and erased."

Highland Journey: A Sketching Tour of Scotland

by Mairi Hedderwick

In Highland Journey, Mairi Hedderwick retraces the steps of an obscure Victorian artist, John T. Reid, who made a sketching tour around Scotland in 1876. Hedderwick, a witty and immensely readable author of children's books, achieves so much more than simply following in Reid's footsteps. Her quest becomes obsessional at times as she struggles to understand her mentor and guide with whom she shares a passion to conserve Scotland's wild places and record them faithfully with exquisite illustration and insightful comment.

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