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The story of the Jacobite rising of 1745 and Steve Lord's journey on foot over the full length of the army's march from NW Scotland to Derby and back to Culloden. Click on cover image for more details

 

Scotland End to End: Walking the Gore-tex Scottish National Trail, Cameron McNeish - By walking all the way through Scotland from Kirk Yetholm in the Borders to Cape Wrath in the far North-West, author and broadcaster Cameron McNeish witnesses at first hand the changes that have taken place in the landscapes of the country of his birth. From the rolling, history drenched hills of the Borders he experiences the de-industrialisation of the Union and Forth and Clyde Canals between Edinburgh and Glasgow and the massive popularity of long distance walking on routes like the West Highland Way. Throughout the central highlands he records the changing use of landscape from the Romans to the contemporary shooting estates to the advent of Scotland's two National Parks and further north he walks in the footsteps of cattle drovers, Jacobite armies, poets and priests. But it's north of the Great Glen that he records the biggest changes, from the horrors of the Highland Clearances to large scale sheep farming, and from the Victorian shooting estates to large scale wind farm industrialisation. But through all the changes one thing remains constant, the natural beauty, the grandeur and the sensational wildlife that makes Scotland one of the finest wildlife tourism destinations in the world. The book is gloriously illustrated throughout by the photographs of landscape photographer Richard Else. It is a lavish book to keep and treasure. A celebration of all that's best about Scotland. Published October 12.

Walking With Wildness: Experiencing the Watershed of Scotland, Peter Wright - The Watershed of Scotland is a line that separates East from West and divides those river basin areas which drain towards the North Sea on the one hand, and those which flow west into the Atlantic Ocean on the other. It meanders from Peel Fell on the English border all the way to the top at Duncansby Head over 754 miles (1,200km), through almost every kind of terrain. The Watershed follows the high ground, and offers wide vistas down almost every major river valley, towards towns and communities, into the heartlands of Scotland. Walking with Wildness leads the reader through breathtaking, hitherto mostly unknown landscapes, providing valuable advice for walkers on the way. Published October 12.


ISBN: 9781908373441 - Walking with Wildness

The Big Walks of the North, David Bathurst - From the Great Glen Way to the Coast to Coast Path, there is no better way to discover the spectacular diversity of northern Britainís landscape than on foot. Whether you enjoy exploring green and gently rolling dales or tackling rugged mountain paths, there are walks here to keep you rambling all year round. An indefatigable walker, David Bathurst has unlaced his boots to produce this invaluable and definitive companion to the ten best-loved long-distance footpaths in the north of Britain, with each split into manageable sections. Combining practical, detailed descriptions with an appreciation of the beauty and history of the British countryside, this in an indispensable guide for both experienced and novice walkers alike. Published March 10

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The John Muir Way: A Scottish Coast to Coast Route, Sandra Bardwell and Jacquetta Megarry - The John Muir Way runs for 134 miles (215 km) coast-to-coast across Scotland's centre, from Helensburgh on the Clyde to Dunbar on the North Sea. The route is suitable for users of all kinds, and it readily breaks into ten sections for walkers or five for cyclists. Its appeal ranges from the domestic architecture of Helensburgh (passing Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Hill House) through the scenic grandeur of Loch Lomond, along two famous canals and past the amazing Falkirk Wheel, beside the Roman Antonine Wall, passing Linlithgow Palace and the Forth Bridges to the glories of Edinburgh. It finishes on the wide coastal expanses of East Lothian, at Dunbar with its ruined castle and John Muirs birthplace cottage. This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy your holiday on foot or bike. Published April 14.

ISBN: 9781898481591 - John Muir Way

The John Muir Way Bundle, Sandra Bardwell and Jacquetta Megarry - The John Muir Way crosses Scotland from Helensburgh on the Clyde to Dunbar on the Forth. This bundle consists of both the Rucksack Readers guidebook (9781898481591) and the official map (9781898481607), bundled together at reduced price. The route is 134 miles/215 km and is described by guidebook authors Bardwell and Megarry in 5 sections for cyclists, 10 for walkers. They give details of the route with refreshment stops, side-trips and places of interest. There is concise background on John Muir's life, the canal heritage and wildlife and over 90 colour photographs, all on rainproof paper. The sheet map is at scale 1:75,000 and was commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage. It is arranged in 5 handy panels and folds down to 215x140 mm, printed on rainproof paper. The bundle is presented in an attractive clear PVC slipcase. Published April 14.  Weekend Walks in a Box: England, Scotland, Wales, Adrian Woodford - With 35 laminated cards to a box, this is a great twist to a walking guide. Each card has a different walk fully described and illustrated. Pocket a card and the protective transparent sleeve provided and enjoy your day out. The varied range of walks opens up the best of Britain's weekend walking over 1 or 2 days and for all seasons. Charming places to stay are hand-picked for the 2-day routes including small hotels, pubs, B&B's and short-let cottages. Published May 12.


ISBN: 9781903301647 - Weekend Walks in a Box

 

The West Highland Way, Anthony Burton - The 93-mile West Highland Way is indisputably Britainís most spectacular long-distance path. The first section, following the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, offers an idyllic waterside walk, with the full grandeur of the Highlands gradually revealing itself. Then, after crossing the barren wilderness of the Rannoch Moor, the walker climbs the Devilís Staircase above Glencoe and traverses classic Highland landscapes to reach Fort William and, if he or she wishes, a grand finale at the peak of Britainís highest mountain, Ben Nevis. This comprehensive, easy-to-use guide is an authoritative companion, packed with indispensable information. Published July 13. 

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Walking the Corbetts Vol 1 South of the Great Glen, Brian Johnson - This first guidebook in a new two-volume set describes walking all 112 Corbetts (Scotland's 2500-2999ft mountains) south of the Great Glen, covering the Southern Uplands, Southern Highlands, Cairngorms, Jura and Arran. Many are still little-climbed and know few crowds. Not for peak baggers but for walkers who want the most interesting routes.  Published July 12. 

ISBN: 9781852846527 - Walking the Corbetts Vol 1 South of the Great Glen

Walking the Corbetts Vol 2 North of the Great Glen, Brian Johnson - Part of a two-volume set, this guide describes walking all 109 Corbetts (Scotland's 2500-2999ft mountains) north of the Great Glen. From Ardgour to Cape Wrath including Knoydart, Applecross and Torridon, as well as Mull, Rum, Harris and Skye. Many are little-climbed and know few crowds. For walkers who want the most interesting routes. Published October 13. 

 

Scotland's Countryside Parks, West, Tom Prentice - The first of two books, which are the only guides to cover walking in and around Scotland's countryside parks. Volume 1 "West" describes 60 varied walks of 2 to 7 miles in countryside parks mostly accessible by public transport and close to urban centres such as Glasgow, Cumbernauld, East Kilbride, Hamilton, Motherwell, Airdrie, Paisley, Greenock, Ayr, Kilmarnock, Dumfries and Stirling. Among the parks included in this guide are Pollok, Dams to Darnley, Calderglen, Chatelherault, Strathclyde, Drumpellier, Cathkin Braes, Gleniffer Braes, Finlaystone, Clyde Muirshiel, Kelburn Castle, Castle Semple, Dean Castle, Eglinton Castle, Culzean Castle, Brodick Castle, Balloch Castle, Mugdock, Balloch Castle, Palacerigg, Plean, Gartmorn Dam, Drumlanrig Castle and Threave Estate. Many of the country parks, country estates and regional parks covered in the book have other visitor attractions including castles, stately homes, gardens, art work collections, museums, galleries, shops and cafes. This is an invaluable guide that will appeal to a wide range of walkers, from those looking for family outings to casual visitors and tourists, as well as others interested in exploring their local environment and people seeking evening or weekend walks close to home. Published April 12.

Scotland's Countryside Parks, East, Tom Prentice - This is the second of two books describing routes in and around Scotland s countryside parks. Volume 2 Edinburgh & East describes 60 varied walks of 2 to 7 miles, mostly accessible by public transport and close to urban centres such as Edinburgh, Dundee & Aberdeen. Among the parks included in this guide are Beecraigs, Almondell & Calderwood, John Muir, Pentland Hills and Lomond Hills Regional Parks, Lochore Meadows, Camperdown & Clatto, Crathes Castle, Haddo House and Aden. Many of the country parks, country estates and regional parks covered in the book have other visitor attractions including castles, stately homes, gardens, art work collections, museums, galleries, shops and cafes. Some have adventure playgrounds as well as sporting opportunities such as golf, mountain biking, orienteering, sailing and canoeing. The book contains detailed notes on the parks and their facilities, including web links and public transport options for visitors. This is an invaluable guide that will appeal to a wide range of walkers, from those looking for family outings to casual visitors and tourists, as well as others interested in exploring their local environment and people seeking evening or weekend walks close to home. Mica guidebooks are thoughtfully designed and highly illustrated, with detailed maps and concise descriptions. Published May 13.

The Rob Roy Way: From Drymen to Pitlochry, (Rucksack Readers), Jaquetta Megarry and Rennie McOwan - This long-distance walk from Drymen to Pitlochry was co-developed by Rucksack Readers in 2001 and is now widely recognised as a great trail. It runs for 77 miles (124 km) along some of Scotland's finest lochs and glens, using historic footpaths, a cycleway, disused railway trackbed, forest and moorland tracks and some minor road. Many places are linked with Scotland's most famous outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734). The Way offers superb Highland scenery and passes impressive aqueducts and viaducts, castles and forts, a stone circle and visitor centres. It is less crowded and less strenuous than the West Highland Way, but passes through friendly villages with pubs and B&Bs. It was waymarked during 2012, but the guidebook has indispensable detailed directions and fascinating background. The guidebook was first published in 2002 and this third edition documents the many improvements made to the route over its first ten years. It contains all you need to plan and enjoy your holiday: altitude profile and route breakdown into 5-7 day stages; background on Rob Roy MacGregor, other history, heritage and wildlife; summary of each section showing distance, terrain and food/drink stops; drop-down map showing the whole route in five panels (1:110,000); visitor attractions and hills to climb (Munros, Corbetts and Grahams); travel by car, train, bus or plane; foreword by Lord Steel of Aikwood; in full colour, with over 75 photographs; water-resistant paper throughout.  Published March 12.
Great Mountain Days in Scotland, Dan Bailey - If you want wild, empty rock landscapes where you can spend weekends battling the elements and not see another soul, Scotland's hills are as as good a destination as any in Europe. Hillwalkers and runners prepared to work hard are rewarded with some of the greatest days to be found in any small mountains, in settings as varied as the snowbound Cairngorm plateaus and the land-sea jigsaw of the Hebrides, where rugged peaks rise from clear water. Few walking destinations are better suited to routes at the longer, tougher end of the scale. These are the subject of this book. Some of the fifty walks described are well known classic challenges, while others approach a favourite mountain in a novel way or combine several in a testing round; they can be crammed into a single hard day or backpacked over two. The collection spans Scotland, right across its magnificent upland areas and dramatic peaks. Routes range from 12 to 25 miles and many would make a good two-day adventure. Some can be approached by kayak or mountain bike. Over 270 ranges and summits feature in the 50 routes with an index to help you find them. Published March 12.

ISBN: 9781852846121 - Great Mountain Days in Scotland

100 Classic Coastal Walks in Scotland, Andrew Dempster - Scotland and its islands encompass more than 10,000 miles of breathtaking coastline. The 100 routes outlined by Andrew Dempster take in the quaint fishing ports, long sun-bleached strands and vast golf links of the east coast; the grand Gothic cliffs, natural arches and storm-tossed seastacks that comprise much of the fractured edge of the Atlantic; the kaleidoscopic wildflower carpet of the Western Isles machair; the romantic castles and Clearance settlements of Skye; and myriad idyllic secluded beaches and breathtaking clifftop vantage points.  This unique guide covers the whole spectrum, from short hour-long beach strolls to serious full-day hikes that require mountain gear and total commitment.  Compiled in a user-friendly format and containing maps and illustrations throughout, 100 Classic Coastal Walks in Scotland provides a wealth of walking possibilities for anyone with an interest in outdoor pursuits, with many of the walks also suitable for children. Published May 11.
 
100 Scotsman Walks: From Hill to Glen and Riverside, Robin Howie - Hillwalking is a way of life for Robin Howie, whose name is very well-known in Scottish hillwalking circles and whose knowledge of the Scottish high tops is second to none. For over ten years his popular weekly hillwalking column has appeared in The Scotsman where his pleasure of walking in the hills is apparent to the reader. Some claim to buy the paper solely to read his column while others have long-demanded that his walks be made into a book. Generous with his help and advice to other walkers, this collection of shorter, lower-level walks will appeal to families and those less sure of venturing to the high tops. Conveniently arranged within shires with a location map, each walk has a useful factfile that summarises the map, start point, distance, terrain, duration of walk, height to be climbed and the all-important nearest refreshment point. 100 Scotsman Walks is a distillation of a lifetime of highs and lows, enhanced by the artist's eye and the wordsmith's descriptive powers. It will be a delight for active or ex-walkers, for the would-be explorer or armchair enthusiast, for the whole family, young or old - a book in fact for everyone. Published May 11.

ISBN: 9781849950312 - 100 Scotsman Walks

The Ultimate Guide to the Munros Volume 1: The Southern Highlands, Ralph Storer - 'The Ultimate Guide to The Munros' is a guidebook with a difference. Rather than telling the reader which are the 'best' routes, it describes all practicable ascent routes up all the Munros, and rates them in terms of difficulty and quality (using comprehensive grading systems). This enables the reader to make his/her own choices from a range of route options. Providing everything a prospective hill walker could want, 'The Ultimate Guide to the Munros' also makes extensive use of annotated digital photographs and OS maps and includes everything about a route from the amount of effort required to local history, weather conditions and the best tea-rooms in the vicinity. Published Nov 08

The Ultimate Guide to the Munros Vol 2, Ralph Storer - Volume 2 of The Ultimate Guide to the Munros series takes a tour of all the Munros of the rugged scenery of the southern Central Highlands. The Central Highlands area is the smallest of the six regions covered in the series, but is packed with more Munros than any other so many that this area has been split into two books, Central Highlands South including Glen Coe and Central Highlands North including the Nevis Range. Volume 2 covers routes from the startling arrowhead peak of Buachaille Etive Mor, to the thrilling Aonach Eagach ridge. With all the features which made Volume 1 so popular, full colour maps and photographs throughout, details of all the practicable ascents up all the Munros and a comprehensive grading system, this is a must for hillwalkers. Published November 09.

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The Ultimate Guide to the Munros Vol 3, Ralph Storer - Volume 3 of The Ultimate Guide to the Munros explores the dramatic landscape of the Northern Central Highlands. The Central Highlands area is the smallest of the six regions covered in the series, but is packed with more Munros than any other - so many that this area has been split into two books, Central Highlands South including Glen Coe and Central Highlands North including the Nevis Range. Volume 3 covers routes around Fort William, Inverness and Perth among many others, travelling along great changing landscape, from Loch Linnhe to the Great Ben Nevis. With all the features which made Volume 1 and 2 so popular, full colour maps and photographs throughout, details of all the practicable ascents up all the Munros and a comprehensive grading system, this is a must for hillwalkers. Published November 10.

ISBN: 9781906817565 - The Ultimate Guide to the Munros (Pt. 3)

The Ultimate Guide to the Munros: Volume 4, Ralph Storer, Caingorms South. From the pen of a dedicated Munro bagger comes The Ultimate Guide to everything you've wished the other books had told you before you set off. The lowdown on the state of the path, advice on avoiding bogs and tricky situations, tips on how to determine which bump is actually the summit in misty weather... this is the only guide to the Munros you'll ever need. This award-winning rucksack guide features: Detailed descriptions of all practicable ascent routes up all 32 Cairngorms South Munros and 23 Tops, easy to follow quality and difficulty ratings, enabling you to choose a Munro for any level of experience, annotated colour photographs and OS maps, the history of each Munro and Top from the development of Munro's Tables from 1891 onwards and notes on technical difficulties, foul-weather concerns, winter conditions and scenery. Published November 12. Scotland's Best Small Mountains, Kirstie Shirra - Many of Scotland's finest mountains are neglected by walkers, purely because they lack a few metres in height. The aim of this new guidebook is to champion the best of them, selected for character, location, views, historical significance, technical difficulty or simply beauty. From the surreal and striking landscape of The Storr in Skye, the pagan festivals of Ben Ledi in the Trossachs and the imposing and technical ridges of Beinn Dearg Mor in the northwest, this guide is, in its own way, an antidote to Munro-bagging. Offering an opportunity to escape to mountains that are far less climbed, discover new peaks and new places, and find out more about the history of the landscape as you go, this book covers eight of Scotland's most scenic areas, from the Sutherland and the far north to the Borders. Wherever you are in Scotland, and whatever your ability, there are great small mountains here for you to explore. The 30 ascents described are mainly circular with optional variations also suggested to give you the flexibility to extend or short cut as you wish, and all are illustrated with colour photographs and OS mapping. Published May 10. 

ISBN: 9781852845780 - Scotland's Best Small Mountains

Scottish Hill Tracks - First published in 1947, this is a completely new and fully revised fifth edition of what has proved to be a very popular guidebook detailing the network of paths which criss-cross Scotland's hill country. With 344 routes, it is a unique resource for walkers, cyclists, riders and runners wishing to explore the network of paths, old roads and rights of way which criss-cross Scotland's hill country, from the Borders to Caithness. Divided into 25 sections, each with its own detailed colour map, this new edition has been fully revised and features more than 100 colour photographs of the routes, many of which link with popular long distance footpaths. The guidebook also acts as an important ongoing historical record which reflects the change in attitude to access following the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. Routes have been checked by a large team of volunteers and their findings, together with the text from the previous edition have been fully revised and edited by Peter Mackay, Janet Clark, Judith Lewis, John Mackay & Peter Wood of the Scottish Rights of Way & Access Society, together with assistance from Tom Prentice of the Scottish Mountaineering Trust. The foreword is by Nicholas Crane. Published January 12.

Scotland's Mountain Ridges, Dan Bailey - Ridges are epic. Graceful carved walkways slung between summits, twisted spines of stone - these can be the most beautiful of mountain landforms. With elegant lines and giddy exposure, ridge climbs emit a powerful siren call, drawing us out onto the rocks. Life on the edge has a special quality, born of the contrast of empty space all around, and intricate detail in close-up. The crests are strangely irresistible. Scotland's ridges are among the finest mountaineering lines in the country, every one a unique adventure. The variety of these routes reflects the breadth of the mountain experience: a rich mix of summer scrambles, technical rock and challenging winter climbs. This book covers both the popular classics and some obscure gems, aiming to celebrate these thrilling climbs as much as to document them. The chosen selection spans the grade range, with routes to suit all levels of ability. Whether an earthbound hillwalker or an accomplished climber, Scotland's ridges cannot fail to stir your imagination. Published March 06

ISBN: 1852844698 - Scotland's Mountain Ridges

Walking Through Scotland's History: Two Thousand Years on Foot, Ian Mitchell - Today, walking is many things for many people - a leisure activity, a weekend pursuit, or even a chore - but rarely is it an integral part of everyday life. This book explores the world, and the way of life, that Scotland has left behind. From the Roman legions marching into Caledonia, to the 20th century's travelling communities, Ian R. Mitchell takes us on a tour of the missionaries, mapmakers and military leaders who have trodden Scottish paths over the last 2,000 years. He also examines the lives of the drovers, distillers, fishwives and workers for whom walking was a means of survival. Each chapter includes a variety of suggested walks and places to visit, as an incentive for those who wish to follow in their footsteps. Published March 07

Scotland, Cicerone World's Mountain Ranges, Chris Townsend - Chris Townsend is an award-winning author, photographer and lecturer and lives in the Cairngorms. He was the first person to complete a continuous round of all the Scottish Munros and has also walked across the Scottish mountains from coast to coast 14 times. Passionate about wild land and its conservation Chris is President of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. This is a resource book covering the finest walks and climbs in Scotland, with its variety of wild landscapes ranging from the Southern Uplands to the great granite plateaus of the Cairngorms to the jagged arÍtes of the Cuillin hills on the Isle of Skye. Whatever activity you are planning this guide has the information the independent mountain lover needs. Published Oct 10. 

ISBN: 9781852844424 - Scotland

 

Mary Queen of Scots Way (Rucksack Readers), Paul Prescott - This new route crosses central Scotland from coast to coast, passing through many places strongly linked with Mary Queen of Scots. It runs for 107 miles (172 km) from Arrochar on Loch Long to St Andrews on the Fife coast, crosses Loch Lomond by ferry to Inversnaid and then goes through Aberfoyle, Callander, Dunblane, Tillicoultry, Glendevon, Glenfarg, Falkland and Ceres. En route, it passes mountains, lochs and waterfalls; castles, hill forts and aqueducts; and goes through welcoming villages and small towns with friendly pubs and B&Bs. The author has developed the route over the last five years with the goal of avoiding road-walking. Although not waymarked, his directions are detailed and have been widely field-tested. This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy your holiday: detailed route description with photographs and overlays map of the entire route in 6 drop-down panels (1:110,000) practical information about public transport and travel lavishly illustrated, with many colour photographs on water-resistant paper. Published April 12.

ISBN: 9781898481485 - Mary Queen of Scots Way

Hamish's Mountain Walk, Hamish Brown -  Hamish Brown was the first walker and climber to complete the Munros in a single round. By his own rules he did it self-powered except where ferries were required and with the aid of his trusty fold away bike. The year was 1974, and the roads of Scotland carried only a fraction of the traffic they do today, windmill farms were unheard of, crafting was more vibrant than it is today, and a strong Scottish mountaineering tradition was already established. Four years later Hamish s Mountain Walk appeared and was an immediate success, inspiring not only climbers but also readers fascinated by the history, geology, plant life and lore of one of Europe s most remote and unspoiled regions. Many walkers and authors would follow in Hamish Brown s boot prints, but none could bring the freshness and few could touch the depth of knowledge and experience. Now the book returns, re-imagined in modern fonts, with a new introduction and appendix and with two brilliant full colour plate sections provided by the author from his photography over four decades. This new volume is destined to further inspire and guide new generations of hillwalkers about the Scottish hills in this new era. Published April 10.  Corbetts and other Scottish Hills, Scottish Mountaineering Club Hillwalker's Guide - This book is an absolute must for anybody who loves the Scottish hills. Clear route descriptions and maps make this another walkers bible. Published Oct 02

Scotland's Far West, 34 Selected Walks - Dennis Brook, Phil Hinchcliffe - The allure of Mull, Morvem, Ardnamurchan and Ardgour is outstanding and once you have seen them, you will want to visit Scotland's far west time after time. Mull, Scotland's third largest isle, and for bard Dugold MacPhail 'Of Isles the Fairest', has something for everyone. Those with interests in archaeology, geology and history will be captivated; naturalists will be fascinated by its flora and fauna; but its universal magic is tranquillity, while affording you all the joys of walking in the great outdoors. Across the narrow Sound of Mull, lies Morvern with Ardgour and Ardnamurchan. Here the enchantment continues to develop. At its farthest reaches, approached by a narrow road meandering through the finest scenery, is the most westerly part of the British mainland, Ardnamurchan Point. Let Scotland's far west enchant you!  Published March 05

Scotland's Far West: 34 Selected Walks (Cicerone British Mountains S.)

 

Scotland's Far North, Andy Walmsley - 62 mountain walks in Scotland's north-west peninsula, covering Assynt and Coigach; the far north-west and Reay forest; and the East (excluding north-eastern Caithness). Mostly day walks, with three longer mountain traverses - Assynt Horseshoe, a Reay traverse and a long ascent of Cranstackie. Published March 05


Scotland's Far North: A Walking Guide (Cicerone British Mountains S.)

Backpacker's Britain: Northern Scotland, Graham Uney - The Highlands of Scotland are evocative of our great wilderness areas, and here, in the Far North, even more so. Backpackers venturing into these remote lands get a true sense of being away from it, and this book gives a superb starting point for those wanting to explore this wonderful mountain region. A total of 30 multi-day backpacking routes are described, taking you along rugged coastlines from the Shetland Islands to the Rough Bounds of Knoydart, and across mountain ridges from the northern tip of Skye to the great trench of Glen Affric. Most of these routes take just two or three days to complete, but for those wanting an even wilder experience a handful of longer routes are also included. This book features 30 routes of two to three days through the northern Highlands and Islands. It includes Shetlands, Orkney, Hebrides, Skye, Torridon and Knoydart. It covers both wild camping and bothy treks. Published July 06

ISBN: 1852844582 - Backpacker's Britain

Backpacker's Britain: Central and Southern Highlands Published Nov 08

The Grahams: A Guide to Scotland's 2,000 ft Peaks, Andrew Dempster - This comprehensive guidebook describes the ascent of Scottish mountains between 2000 and 2500 feet, collectively known as the Grahams. There are 224 such peaks scattered widely across the whole of the country, from Galloway to the far north, and seven are on islands, including Harris and South Uist. They range from the remote rocky outcrops challenging the serious, seasoned hillwalker, to readily accessible hilltops for complete beginners. The book points the way to what could be considered the ultimate challenge for those who love Scotland's hills - the ascent of all 720 Munros, Corbetts and Grahams. Published April 03

The Grahams - A Guide to Scotland's 2,000ft Peaks

Munros and Tops, A Record-setting Walk in the Scottish Highlands,  Chris Townsend - When Chris Townsend reached the summit of Ben Hope in Sutherland, he walked his way into the record books. After 118 days in which he had covered more than 1700 miles and climbed over 575,000 feet, he had completed the first single continuous journey of all 277 Munros and 240 Tops in the Scottish Highlands. This is the story of that remarkable walk from the start on Ben More on the Isle of Mull through to the finish, the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest 18 times. For the author, the real enjoyment of the walk was not in counting up the summits or the miles but in spending week after week in the hills and living in the wilds. In "The Munros and Tops", Chris Townsend recalls the joys of observing the birds and animals, the trees and flowers, the changing shapes of the hills and the play of light on their slopes. He writes about the complexities of route-finding and the challenge of rugged terrain and of coping with often atrocious weather conditions. Published April 03

ISBN: 1840187271 - The Munros and Tops

National Trails: The National Trails of England, Scotland and Wales, Paddy Dillon -
National Trails were established as part of the post-war programme to keep areas of Britain "special" and to protect them from development. The first such route, the Pennine Way, opened in 1965, and since then another 14 have been designated in England and Wales, with a further 4 in Scotland. Together, the National Trails cover well over 5000 kilometres (3100 miles), each one with unique qualities which explore the rich, scenic and historic countryside of Britain. Even the most dedicated long-distance walker would take over 200 days to walk them all, but most are happy to explore them one after another over several annual holidays. With its route descriptions, photographs and profiles, this book is not only an invaluable reference for anyone researching our National Trails, but is in itself a celebration of these wonderful routes across Britain's landscape. Paddy Dillon has walked all the National Trails twice, and keeps abreast of all the latest developments. Published Oct 07

The National Trails: Complete Guide to Britainís National Trails

Hostile Habitats - Scotland's Mountain Environment: A Hillwalkers' Guide to Wildlife and the Landscape, Mark Wrightham - This is the first guide to Scotland's mountain fauna, flora and landscape written for hillwalkers. "Hostile Habitats - Scotland's Mountain Environment", takes an in-depth look at the upland environment of the hillwalker and outdoor enthusiast, with chapters and identification sections on climate, geology, landscape, plants, animals, birds, insects, human influences and conservation. It is compiled and edited by some of the country's leading experts in their fields. The definitive hillwalkers' guide to the natural history of Scotland's Mountains and the first book of its kind, written by leading experts in their fields. Published July 06

ISBN: 9780907521938 - Hostile Habitats - Scotland's Mountain Environment

Mountain Days and Bothy Nights, Dave Brown and Ian Mitchell - A classic of mountain writing and still in demand over ten years after its first publication, this book takes you to the little places of big importance along one mountain-climber's trail. Fishgut Mac, Desperate Dan, Stumpy and the Big Yin stalk hill and pub, escaping from gamekeepers, staying awake sleeping in bothies (Scottish mountain cabins). Ideal for nostalgic climbers, this book is by two well-known experts who write in an easy philosophical style. A volume that will interest anyone who likes the outdoors and appreciates communal living in the elements. Published July 08.
 

The Scottish Peaks Poucher Guide - W. A. Poucher's guides, first published in the 1960s, have become classics. They are some of the most popular books for fellwalkers, climbers and scramblers ever published. They are packed with guidance on clothing, equipment, accommodation, route finding, distances and times, all in an attractive pocket-sized format to slip into your rucksack. Aspiring landscape photographers will find a chapter of essential tips in each book to help them too. Since the author's death in 1988, the guides have been updated in consultation with John Poucher, the author's son. Frances Lincoln took over publication of W. A. Poucher's guides from Constable in 2004. Published Oct 05

ISBN: 0711224064 - The Scottish Peaks

NOT The West Highland Way, Robert Turnbull - The West Highland Way from Glasgow to Fort William is one of the finest UK long distance paths, but it runs close to a busy main road and avoids the mountain tops. NOT The West Highland Way offers mountain alternatives to all but one of the WH Way stages, 5 one-day hill circuits, 2 two-day warm-up trips and 3 extended diversions off the Way, this book intends to do better. Published September 10. 

Cover of Not the West Highland Way

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Munro & Corbett Chart, Harvey folded - Lists all 3000' Munros, 2,500' Corbetts, and 2000' Grahams and Donalds. Skye is shown in an enlarged insert. THE ORIGINAL BESTSELLER. Published Oct 97.

MUNRO & CORBETT CHART

 

At The Edge: Walking the Atlantic Coast of Ireland and Scotland, 1905207220 April 09, Joseph Murphy - AT THE EDGE tells the story of a 1500 kilometre walk from the southwest corner of Ireland to the northwest corner of Scotland. By following the Atlantic coast all the way, Joseph links the most vibrant Gaelic communities. Reflections on identity, culture and sustainability, and use of Gaelic in the text, make this a unique and memorable book. Published April 09

At The Edge: Walking the Atlantic Coast of Ireland and Scotland

100 Best Scottish Mountain Routes, Ralph Storer - From gentle afternoon strolls to challenging scrambles in remote mountain sanctuaries, this revised and updated guide covers walks in the Scottish highlands. All walks are circular and accessible by road. No rock climbing is involved and the routes, each including a peak over 2000 feet, have been selected by an experienced Scottish walker. All Highland regions are included and each walk can be completed in a day. Maps and information about difficulty rating, type of terrain and conditions in adverse weather is provided. Published March 9 50 Classic Routes on Scottish Mountains, Ralph Storer - Similar grading grids used as to Storer's bestselling 100 Best Routes on Scottish Mountains. This book selects locations across the Highlands to provide 50 classic routes. These are then graded so the walker can easily choose his/her route according to his or her ability and experience. Published June 05 On the Trail of the Real McBeth, King of Alba, Cameron Taylor and Alistair Murray - The iconic character, Shakespeare's Macbeth, is one of the best known in the English language, but few know that he was a real person with his own story off stage. Macbeth was not the monstrous caricature created by Shakespeare; he was a real man who was born in Moray, part of the Kingdom of Alba, in the early 11th century. From early childhood Macbeth fought real-life treachery to protect his birthright to the throne and ruled successfully from 1040 to 1057. Travel what is now Scotland with a touring itinerary as you follow "On the Trail of the Real Macbeth, King of Alba". Published September 08.
 
Rock Climbing in Scotland, Kevin Howett - More than five hundred routes, all checked, graded and described pitch by pitch. Illustrations - detailed crag diagrams or topographical photographs - make the climbs easy to locate and follow. Each chapter contains a section of information about access, local transport and accommodation. Frances Lincoln took over publication of these highly successful rock climbing guides from Constable in 2004. Limited availability. Published April 04 Scottish Coast to Coast Walk, Brian Smailes - The long awaited Scottish route from Oban in the west to St. Andrews. Information given includes B&Bs, campsites and detailed route descriptions with sketch maps. Limited availability. Published March 00

ISBN: 095269008X - The Scottish Coast to Coast Walk

The Munros, Scotland's Highest Mountains, Cameron McNeish - This book is unbelievable value. It is a glossy coffee-table combining beautiful photographs taken at all times of year with text and diagrams showing the recommended routes up all 284 munros. This book is essential to anyone who has ever walked in Scotland and will definitely tempt you to walk some more. Buyer Review. Hardback. Limited availability. Published Sept 06. Paperback version Limited availability. Published May 98

ISBN: 0947782508 - The Munros

Scotland Highlands and Islands, Colin Hutchinson and Alan Murphy - When the rain stops falling and the mist clears there is no more beautiful place on Earth than the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Europe's last great wilderness. Hailed as the best guidebook to the region, Footprint's "Scotland Highlands and Islands" gives you everything you need to get the most out of your trip; the loveliest glens and lochs, the spookiest places, the most evocative castles and most glorious beaches are all here, along with the best places to stay and eat and where to enjoy a wee dram of your favourite malt whisky. You can get off the beaten track and discover Europe's last great wilderness, with jaw-dropping scenery, including national parks, mountains, castles, glens and lochs. There are accommodation listings aplenty, B&Bs, bothies and baronial castles. It includes fantastic mapping to help you navigate your way around the vibrant cities, stunning highlands and literally hundreds of islands this beautiful country has to offer.  Limited availability. Published March 09.

ISBN: 9781906098520 - Scotland Highlands and Islands Handbook

Munro's Tables (Scottish Mountaineering Club  Guides S.), Sir Hugo Munro. Limited availability. Published Nov 97

Walking the Munros Vol 1, Steve Kew - This first volume of a two-part series of guides to the Munros covers the southern, central and western highlands, Glencoe, Lochaber and Mull, and details 138 exciting and challenging routes on these mountains. Limited availability. Published July 04

Walking the Munros Vol 2 - This second volume of a two-part series of guides to the Munros details routes to 146 Munros in the Cairngorms and northern highlands (north of the Great Glen). Limited availability. Published July 04

Walking the Munros: Southern, Central and Western Highlands v. 1 (Cicerone British Mountains S.)

All Terrain Pushchair Walks: Scottish Lochs and Reservoirs, James Carron - 30 loch and reservoir walks in Scotland, all of which are suitable for an all-terrain pushchair. The walks range in length from short one and a half mile strolls to longer hikes of up to nine miles in length. They cover varying degrees of difficulty and different types of terrain, from easy, flat routes over surfaced paths to more challenging adventures following tracks and paths through remoter country. In all cases, the routes follow established tracks, minor roads and paths throughout. All of the walks have one thing in common - the lochs and reservoirs they visit. Some encircle areas of tranquil water while others take you over open country, across moorland and through forests to watery gems lurking in the landscape. Limited availability. Published June 12.

Lonely Planet Walking in Scotland, Sandra Bardwell - This guide to Scotland shows readers how to discover the whole Scottish experience on two feet, including city strolls, coastal ambles and mountain hikes. It explores Scotland's flora and fauna as well as the myths and mysteries, the castles and crags and the malts en route. Limited availability. Published March 07

ISBN: 9781741042030 - Walking in Scotland

100 Walks in Scotland, AA Publishing - Containing over 100 mapped walks with detailed information panels and concise and easy-to-follow walk directions, this guide comes in a handy pocket-size format and includes details of dog-friendly walks. Special features include: introductory "set the scene" and highlights of the country's regional and topographical features; information on footpath signing, countryside access, walking tips, dog friendliness and safety guidelines; a focus on a particular feature or point of interest for each route; and themed routes such as following in the footsteps of the famous, wildlife, historic, spectacular or urban. Limited availability. Published April 08

ISBN: 9780749556020 - Scotland

AA Walking in Scotland - Walking is one of Britain's favourite leisure activities, and this comprehensive walking book for Scotland guides you through the best places to walk in this exciting and vibrant country. Discover sheltered sandy beaches, glistening lochs and dramatic mountain scenery, explore richly diverse habitats and discover beauty spots best known to the locals. Use the carefully planned routes and maps to really get to know the areas and enjoy the superb photography, long after the mud has dried on your boots. Limited availability. Published August 09.

MORE MAPS

3000 Plus: Essential Munro Map, Gordon Henderson - the most comprehensive, full-colour map of Scotland's 3000ft mountains available today, clearly showing the location of all 511 summits - an invaluable tool for outdoor enthusiasts to plan their next ascent and track their progress. First published in 1980, this is the 6th edition, fully revised, updated and redesigned. It depicts all 511 Munro Mountains and Tops, including the 90 peaks demoted from Munro status since the first tables of 1891. New to this edition of "3000 PLUS" is the inclusion of mountain profiles which provide an instantly recognisable silhouette of the mountain ranges and their relative positions. Also, for the first time, this edition comes with a glossy protective card cover. Further information includes road, rail and sea routes; hostels and bothies; Outdoor Training Centres; relevant OS 1:50,000 Landranger maps and a simple co-ordinate reference system to relate the Munros to the map and vice versa. It is designed by a hillwalker for hillwalkers. Published March 09

3000 Plus: The Original Munro Map, 6th edition

Michelin Map 501: Scotland (Michelin Regional Map) Published April 03

Munro Map, Colin Baxter - 3-D shaded relief map showing the  location of all 284 Munros. Scale 1:570,000. Published March 07

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