Stand-out Scottish Book: Scotland's 100 Best Walks
Having sold out for a short period early this year, we're pleased to have back in stock one of our exclusive Lomond publications, Scotland's 100 Best Walks.
In this paperback edition of a walking classic, renowned outdoor writer and television personality Cameron McNeish presents his favourite one hundred walks across his homeland, celebrating the uniquely beautiful and varied landscape of Scotland.
'By leaving the car behind and walking along a track you begin to appreciate the detail that turns a pretty countryside into a living, vibrant landscape - but leave the track for a faint footpath and you come even closer to the feel of the land.'
Cameron describes himself as someone for whom 'walking is a way of life' and there are few people better placed to compile Scotland's greatest rambles, hill walks and mountain trails than him. Scotland's 100 Best Walks covers a wide geographical spread of routes from the Solway Firth to the Shetland Isles. Divided into chapters by region, the book is an ideal guide for any avid walker or visitor to Scotland. Each of the walks is detailed in a route summary with Ordnance Survey references, hill shaded maps, access points, distance, approximate time and difficulty grading. There are also Gaelic pronunciations and translations for hill and place names where appropriate.
Yet this is much more than a factual guidebook - though this is a function it serves well. The main feature of the book is Cameron's descriptive text, which includes his own anecdotes and experiences while acting as guide. His passion for Scotland's natural landscape is abundantly apparent in his words and it is clear that in focusing his mind on choosing the best walks in Scotland, he has included some his favourite places in the world.
'The hills of home still harbour that single element that isn't to be found in the mountains of the greater ranges, or the varied landscapes of Europe or North America. Put simply... it's the Celtic love of a homeland, passed down from father to son since time immemorial.'
Cameron's chosen walks range in length from 3 kilometres to 50 kilomtres and though he may be known first and foremost as a mountaineer, he has included routes to suit any walker and explains that over the years he has come to appreciate that shorter, low level walks can be 'as rewarding as big hill days'. The result is a mixture of inspirational adventures up famous mountainsides and relaxed rambles through woodlands and open spaces - as much a joy to read as they are to walk.
Richly illustrated throughout, Scotland's 100 Best Walks features the breath-taking photography of Colin Baxter, one of Scotland's foremost photographers. His images capture the drama and awe of the Scottish mountains, the tranquil calm of lochsides and coastal waters, and the lush greenery of the Scottish lowlands. His photographs are the perfect accompaniment to Cameron's fond and evocative descriptions of these most spectacular walks.
Scotland's 100 Best Walks is exclusive to Lomond. It's in stock and available to order now.