- Tuesday 10th September 2019
So you've fallen in love with Scotland's incredible beauty, now what? We hope you've read and loved Scottish Island Bagging by Walkhighlands' Helen and Paul Webster, and maybe bagged an island or two yourself, but to keep you exploring have a look at our other Scottish titles. Click on each title or book cover to order.
A photographic journey through Scottish adventure sports
In Extreme Scotland, award-winning adventure-sports photographer Nadir Khan takes us on a jaw-dropping tour through Scotland’s epic mountain landscape. Nadir showcases his work with some of the best adventure athletes in the world – including Ines Papert and James Pearson – in a portfolio that has placed him at the forefront of adventure-sports photography in the UK.
From the icy walls of Ben Nevis’s frozen north face to the raging seas of the north coast, Scotland plays host to world-class adventure sports of every discipline. Ice climbing, kayaking, ski-touring, trail running, surfing, mountain biking and rock climbing are all captured beautifully in this fitting testament to Scotland’s outstanding landscapes and adrenaline sports.
Alongside contributions from climber and author Nick Bullock, Tom Livingstone, Elana Bader, Mike Pescod, David Canning and Stuart B. Campbell, Nadir gives us an insight into his photographic inspirations, and shares insights and approaches to composition and other elements of his photography.
Scotland's Mountain Landscape
Wild Light is a stunning panoramic exploration of the Scottish landscape by photographer Craig Aitchison, winner of the inaugural Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition.
Produced over seven years and shot entirely using a traditional Hasselblad film camera, this remarkable body of work captures the essence of the Scottish wilderness through the seasons and portrays the Highlands and Islands at their most beautiful.
Featuring over eighty panoramas, this book celebrates the rich natural heritage, incredible geodiversity and varied landscape for which Scotland is internationally renowned. Among a glittering cast of many are the dramatic heights of Suilven, An Teallach and Aonach Eagach, and the otherworldly landscapes of the Lairig Ghru in the Cairngorms and Glen Etive.
Craig Aitchison’s Wild Light will delight anyone who treasures the Scottish mountain landscape.
Fighting for the wild in the Scottish Highlands
John D. Burns
'Bring back the lynx? Over my dead body!'
A mutter passed through the crowd of environmental protestors, and Rory stepped forward. 'Your hunting has destroyed our hills and left them treeless wastes, devoid of wildlife. It’s time that changed.'
Lord Purdey’s lip curled in a sneer. 'Listen, you lentil-eating cat lover, Scotland is owned by me and men like me. If we want to kill anything that moves and bulldoze your beloved hills flat, we will.'
Someone from the group hurled a turnip. It struck Purdey a glancing blow and he crumpled slowly to the ground, just as the archaic class system he represented must eventually fall. Or so Rory hoped …
In his first two bestselling books, The Last Hillwalker and Bothy Tales, John D. Burns invited readers to join him in the hills and wild places of Scotland. In Sky Dance, he returns to that world to ask fundamental questions about how we relate to this northern landscape – while raising a laugh or two along the way. Anyone who has stood and gazed at the majesty of the Scottish mountains will know this place and want to return to it. Now, as wild land is threatened like never before, it’s time we asked ourselves what kind of future we want for the Highlands.
Footsteps in the Scottish hills
John D. Burns
I can move only with the aid of barrels of anti-inflammatory gel, sticking plasters and real ale anaesthetic. Martin and I descend from hours of walking to the small town of Middleton-in-Teesdale. I walk, stiff legged, into the campsite office and a plump, middle-aged woman looks up from her desk and can see the old timer is in trouble.
“Oh, what a shame you weren’t here last week,” she says, pity radiating from behind her horn-rimmed specs. “You’ve missed him.”
I look at her, puzzled.
“Elvis!” she explains. “You missed Elvis.”
Oh God, now I’m hallucinating…
In Bothy Tales, the follow-up to The Last Hillwalker from bestselling mountain writer John D. Burns, travel with the author to secret places hidden amongst the British hills and share his passion for the wonderful wilderness of our uplands.
From remote glens deep in the Scottish Highlands, Burns brings a new volume of tales – some dramatic, some moving, some hilarious – from the isolated mountain shelters called bothies. Meet the vivid cast of characters who play their games there, from climbers with more confidence than sense to a young man who doesn’t have the slightest idea what he’s letting himself in for…
Scotland's Mountain Landscape
John D. Burns
From somewhere out in the vast whiteness of the blizzard we hear a cry for help. Instinctively the three of us turn and head across the mountainside. We find two men and a woman, huddled together in the snow, unable to descend the steep icy slope between them and safety.
The woman asks if we are experienced in conditions like this. My friends and I have tackled a few winter hills in the Lake District and bumbled up easy rock climbs, but we have never been in a full Scottish winter snowstorm. I laugh and assure her that this is nothing to mountaineers like us.
Soon our hills will be empty and one day the last hillwalker will disappear over the horizon. In the 21st century we are losing our connection with the wild, a connection that may never be regained.
The Last Hillwalker by bestselling author John D. Burns is a personal story of falling in and out of love with the hills. More than that, it is about rediscovering a deeply felt need in all of us to connect with wild places.
The Wild Trails
Scotland Mountain Biking – The Wild Trails features 24 of the best and more adventurous mountain bike rides in Scotland. The routes range from 6.5 to 290 kilometres in length, and are suitable for all levels of mountain bikers.
Split into three sections, Southern & Central Scotland, North-West Scotland & Highlands, and North-East Scotland & Cairngorms, this book includes challenging mountain passes, magical woodland singletrack, Munro peaks and idyllic spins past ancient lochs. The routes include a classic Torridon Circuit, Glen Sligachan on Skye, man-made and natural trails around the Minch Moor at Innerleithen, Munro Mount Keen, the end-to-end Corrieyairack Pass, and a big-mountain loop around Ben Alder. A Bonus Section includes the Fort William to Montrose Coast to Coast route.
The book is written by Scottish mountain bike guide Phil McKane and includes stunning photography by Andy McCandlish. It features Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 maps; easy-to-follow directions; details of distance, times and difficulty; and refreshment stops and local knowledge.
Wild Trails Vol. 2
Scotland Mountain Biking – Wild Trails Vol.2 features 24 new and classic mountain bike rides across Scotland. Like the original Wild Trails guidebook, this book includes challenging mountain passes, endless singletrack, lochside cruises and more, all in a country named a 'Global Superstar' by the International Mountain Biking Association.
Split into three sections – Southern & Central Scotland, North West Scotland & Islands, and North East Scotland – Wild Trails Vol.2 has been researched, ridden and written by Scottish Mountain Bike Guide Phil McKane, and each route features clear and easy to use Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 maps, easy-to-follow directions, details of distance, timings and difficulty gradings, and refreshment stops and local knowledge.
The book is illustrated with stunning action photography from top pro photographer Andy McCandlish, and also features a detailed Appendix.