Robert Atkinson first came to the Hebrides in 1936 and was smitten by the islands and their people, returning every summer up to the outbreak of WW2. In those years he travelled throughout the Islands, reaching even the most remote of places, and returning after the War to resume his travels in his own boat.
He published two books about his rich island experiences, but hesitated to include A Stag From Rum in either of these works. In fact he only revealed the manuscript a few years before his death in 1995. This tale of youthful derring-do, successful poaching and extreme sailing is published here for the first time, as a tribute to both him and his fellow bold spirits, John Naish and Hugh LeLacheur; who between them brough the fictional poacher 'John Macnab' to life on the forbidden hills of Rum.