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Curiosities of...
Curiosities of Art and Nature – New Annotated and Illustrated Edition of Martin Martin’s Classic Book (Large book)

A Description of the Western Islands of Scotland', first published in 1703, 318pp with many colour photographs. This beautifully produced book contains a facsimile of Martin's first edition, the first detailed account of the islands written 300 years ago, together with extensive notes and a new introduction by Michael Robson.

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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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Oighreachd ar...
Oighreachd ar Sinnsearan

  Catching the Spirit of South Uist and Eriskay Dr Kenneth Robertson Aware that he was living in the islands at a time of transition between the old traditional ways and the modern lifestyle, the late Dr Kenneth Robertson, a medical practitioner in South Uist and Eriskay and a skilled amateur photographer, sought to record those years from the late 1950s through to the 1980s. Contained in this beautiful book, which is a sequel to the best...

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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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Obair Gun Duais
Obair Gun Duais

Alasdair MacGilleMhìcheil - a’ tional ainmean Gàidhlig eun A THANKLESS TASK? Alexander Carmichael as a collector of Gaelic bird names Everyone who has an interest in Gaelic culture and tradition will be familiar with the folklore collector Alexander Carmichael and with his masterwork, Carmina Gadelica. Plenty of evidence can be found within this work for how Carmichael took a keen interest in words and expressions related to natural history. It is known too that he collected...

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