One of the many things Scotland does well is scenery. The hills, the lochs, the golden beaches, the castles, what more could you want? Of course, the views have been well documented across literature so here’s just five beautifully produced titles that attempt to capture what Scotland has to offer.
‘‘The Last and Outmost Isle’ pulls St Kilda back from the ‘end of the world’ to tell a compelling story of triumph over geographical adversity. What makes these islands so special is not their distance from ‘civilisation’, but rather their enduring capacity to remain a living, connected part of Scotland over the course of some three thousand years.’
Above Scotland: The National Collection of Aerial Photography – James Crawford & David Cowley (RCHAMS)
‘Historic Environment Scotland holds the National Collection of aerial photography for Scotland with millions of images dating from the 1920s to the present day. These photographs – many of which have never been seen before by the public – tell the remarkable story of a changing nation, from stone circles, Roman remains and ruined castles, to the growth of villages, towns and cities, the rise and fall of heavy industry, the country at war and the proud engineering and architecture of the modern landscape.’
Wild Lewis – A’ Mhòinteach Mhòr – Frank Stark (Acair)
A wonderful photographic safari of the largest island in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland – just a sample of the stunning combination of wildlife that can be viewed at few other locations on the planet. This north-western corner of Europe, perched on the edge of the ocean, is a unique mix of geography and biodiversity that has inspired naturalists and poets for centuries. The bilingual text gives an added richness to this visually stunning collection.
Look Up Glasgow – Adrian Searle & David Barbour (Freight)
Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city, its streets a constant frenetic bustle of activity. But rarely do its residents take the time to stop and look up at the extraordinary architectural heritage all around. Look Up Glasgow will be a beautiful surprise to residents, visitors and non-residents of Glasgow alike, demonstrating that it is much more than just another post-industrial British city. It will be a book that those passionate about the city and of architecture will treasure.
Hebrides – Peter May & David Wilson (Riverrun)
The landscape of the Outer Hebrides, with its stark cliffs, ghostly mists and lonely beaches, has become a definitive character of Peter May’s Lewis trilogy. In Hebrides, readers will accompany him on an odyssey in prose and images, through a history of the Vikings’ ‘Long Island’ and his own deep personal connection with the islands that influenced his bestselling work.