The Scottish Islands: The Bestselling Guide to Every Scottish Island

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Canongate, 2008 - Travel - 518 pages
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`As a reference source Haswell-Smith's book is invaluable... a monumental labour of love that communicates the author's own passion for island hopping and combines it delightfully with his further talents as a painter and artist.' Daily Telegraph

Fully revised and updated, this is the only book with detailed information of every Scottish island and, for island hoppers, the orginal definitive list of the 162 `Haswells'. Beautifully illustrated with the author's own maps, sketches and paintings, this wonderful guide will take you everywhere, whether in dreams or afloat.

From the abandoned crofts of Mingulay and the standing stones of Orkney to the white beaches of Colonsay and the spectacular Cuillin of skye, this is the first complete gazetteer to cover all of Scotland's many hundreds of islands, including those which are uninhabited and those which are notoriously difficult to reach. Packed with information on access, anchorages, points of historical or natural interest and things to do and see, this fascinating compendium provides indispensible information for touring, for browsing, for reference and for all of those travellers who wish to experience some of the most beautiful and remote places in the world.

No other book begins to emulate the range and depth of the information contained in Illustrated with full colour artwork and relief maps of all the main islands, this is both an impressive work of reference and a fascinating personal view of Scotland's distant outposts.

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A must read for anyone interested in the fascinating history of Scottish Islands over the centuries with population numbers etc. An amazing number of islands that were previously populated and thriving are now sadly deserted

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About the author (2008)

He, now retired from his own architectural practice, is a qualified yachtmaster who has sailed extensively among the Scottish islands. His sketches and paintings, some of which illustrate this book, have been exhibited in many top British and European galleries.

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