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Welcome to everyone interested in the history and culture of Scottish islands

Fàilte air a h-uile duine aig a bheil ùidh ann an eachdraidh agus cultar eileanan na h-Alba.

Special offer – Pre-order ‘Teaghlach Machair: The Machair Family’, and receive a £5 discount!

 
To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the first broadcast of the iconic Gaelic TV soap opera ‘Machair’, we are publishing a beautiful new fully illustrated book by Donald Sinclair giving the inside story of this landmark in Gaelic culture. Order now and receive £5 off the published price (applies to all orders placed during March and April).

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Teaglach Machair...
Teaglach Machair: The Machair Family SPECIAL PRE-ORDER OFFER

Order during March and April and receive £5 off!

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the first broadcast of the iconic Gaelic TV soap opera ‘Machair’, we are publishing a beautiful new fully illustrated book by Donald Sinclair giving the inside story of this landmark in Gaelic culture - described at the time as ‘the most interesting development in television drama in Scotland since Tutti Frutti’. Featuring detailed background information and interviews in Gaelic and...

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Traditions of Sea...
Traditions of Sea-Bird Fowling in the North Atlantic Region

An attractively produced book based on an international conference held in Ness in September 2004, with contributions from Ireland, Faroes, Iceland, Norway and Finland (as well as Scotland) - putting the annual guga-hunt in a wider context.

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An t-Eilean...
An t-Eilean – Taking a Line for a Walk through the Island of Skye

by Angus Peter Campbell with Photographs by Cailean Maclean This is an account in words and pictures of a walk taken through Skye by the award-winning writer Angus Peter Campbell and his friend the photographer Cailean Maclean. Both were brought up in South Uist, so the journey here extends well beyond Skye to their pre-electric upbringing in the Outer Hebrides: a beautifully written and photographed memoir of people, places and times.   Tha iomadach seud...

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Rewriting St Kilda
Rewriting St Kilda

New Views on Old Ideas

  Edited by Bob Chambers   The world-wide fascination with the deserted islands of St Kilda shows no sign of waning, and we all share certain conventional assumptions about and   stereotypical images of the islands – remoteness, dramatic landscape and bird-life, a distinctive ‘primitive’ community, the St Kilda  Parliament, the mailboat, the strict teachings of the Church, an economy uniquely dependent on sea-birds, and the sad...

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The Island...
The Island Lighthouses of Scotland

John A Love

John Love is a biologist, author and illustrator from Inverness who has now been living in South Uist for twenty years. He has been fascinated by islands and their lighthouses ever since first visiting the Bass Rock some fifty years ago. Cruising round Britain as a lecturer since his retirement four years ago he has been able to add to his already extensive list of island lighthouses visited and photographed. This book is based on a lecture John gave to...

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History of Skye...
History of Skye (Large Book)

A New Edition of the Classic Book by Alexander Nicolson edited by Cailean Maclean This is quite simply the best, the most detailed and authoritative history of Skye yet written. Following the appearance of the first edition in 1930, the small print run sold out immediately, leaving those lucky enough to possess a copy, with and eagerly sought after an invaluable source of knowledge on the Isle of Skye. A second, equally popular, edition was published in 1994, and now a...

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From the Low Tide...
From the Low Tide of the Sea to the Highest Mountain Top

James Hunter with photographs by Cailean Maclean Community Ownership of Land in the Highlands and Islands In recent years, communities in the Scottish Highlands and Islands have taken ownership of more than half a million acres – an area equivalent to that of an English county like Nottinghamshire or West Yorkshire. In places long characterised by contracting economies and shrinking populations, this remarkable development has...

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A Life of Song
A Life of Song

The Autobiography of Marjory Kennedy-Fraser Marjory Kennedy-Fraser travelled the world in the second half of the 19th century with her father, the famous Scots singer David Kennedy, and then as an outstanding musician in her own right. She was also one of the most important collectors and popularisers of Gaelic song at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from islands such as Barra and Eriskay. Her arrangements of these traditional...

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Foula (Large book)
Foula (Large book)

The Time of My Life - Chris Mylne

Young and inexperienced, Chris Mylne arrived on the Shetland island of Foula in April 1954 to take up the posts of Schoolmaster and Lay Missionary. This remarkable book tells in his own words the dramatic story of Chris’s formative time as part of this remote and unique island community which took him to their heart. It is a valuable record of island social and economic life during an era which has now passed into history, the challenges posed by...

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Return to Patagonia
Return to Patagonia

For all those who bought Greta Mackenzie’s previous best-seller ‘Why Patagonia?’, originally published in 1995, and long out of print, there is a treat in store for Greta has written an updated and much expanded version of her famous book, with lots more photographs, many in colour, and accounts of her further visits to Argentina and Chile in 1996 and 2002, to trace the many family links between Lewis and Patagonia first established a century ago. The book describes an almost...

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