Books to discover Scotland with

By Scottish Book Trust

By Scottish Book Trust

Take an armchair journey through Caledonia

Scotland packs a lot into its 30,000 square miles. Stunning vistas, romantic ruins, remote islands, bustling cities, craggy mountaintops and a beach with water bluer than the Caribbean. Would you care to learn more? Step into one of these books and embark on a fascinating journey of discovery.

There's Always the Hills

Cameron McNeish

£9.99 £9.49

Follow Cameron's journey from his childhood in Glasgow to fulfilling his life long dreams, living and working in some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth and meeting many of the great characters of the outdoor world.

The Hidden Ways: Scotland's Forgotten Roads

Alistair Moffat

£10.99 £10.44

Moffat traverses the lost paths of Scotland, down Roman roads tramped by armies, warpaths and pilgrim routes, drove roads and rail roads, turnpikes and sea roads, tracing the arteries through which our nation’s lifeblood has flowed in a bid to understand how our history has left its mark upon our landscape.


Kathleen Jamie

£9.99 £9.49

Award-winning poet Kathleen Jamie beautifully captures the magic of her travels throughout Scotland.

Island of Dreams: A Personal History of a Remarkable Place

Dan Boothby

£9.99 £9.49

After more than 20 years of drifting, Boothby found a place to land, immersing himself on a tiny island on the western seaboard of the Highlands of Scotland.

At the Loch of the Green Corrie

Andrew Greig

£10.99 £10.44

A fishing trip honoring a dying man's wish becomes a meditation on life, nature and friendship, a literary biography and a celebration of the beauty of the Highlands of Scotland.

Scotland: A Literary Guide for Travellers

Garry MacKenzie


This enthralling guide gets under the skin of the country through the writers who lived in or visited Scotland, as well as those who simply imagined it in their work - from Shakespeare, Ben Jonson and the Scots 'Makars' of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, to Keats, Coleridge and Robert Louis Stevenson; from Gaelic bards and anonymous balladeers to Hugh MacDiarmid, Jackie Kay, Ian Rankin and Kathleen Jamie.

Lost Edinburgh

Hamish Coghill

£14.99 £14.24

A chance to rediscover Edinburgh as it once was.

Bizarre Scotland

David Long

£12.99 £12.34

The definitive guide to the weirder side of Scotland!

The Scottish Islands: The Bestselling Guide to Every Scottish Island

Hamish Haswell-Smith

£40.00 £38.00

Take a fascinating tour of Scotland's many hundreds of islands.

Sea Room

Adam Nicolson


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be given your own remote islands? Thirty years ago, it happened to Adam Nicolson, when he found himself in charge of one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Glasgow: The Autobiography

£9.99 £9.49

Glasgow: The Autobiography tells the story of the fabled, former Second City of the British Empire from its origins as a bucolic village on the rivers Kelvin and Clyde, through the Industrial Revolution to the dawning of the second millennium.

Island on the Edge: A Life on Soay

Anne Cholawo

£9.99 £9.49

Anne describes her extraordinary transition from a hectic urban lifestyle to one of rural isolation and self-sufficiency, as well as the history of Soay and its unique wildlife, and the off-beat and colourful characters associated with the island.

At the Water's Edge: A Walk in the Wild

Sir John Lister-Kaye

£10.99 £10.44

Drawing on Kay's lifetime of close observation, At The Water's Edge encourages us to look again at the nature around us, to discover its wildness for ourselves and to respect and protect it.

Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey

Madeleine (Y) Bunting

£9.99 £9.49

A journey delving deep into Hebridean history and culture that tells of how these Islands on the fringes of Britain helped shape our nation, and how the nation imposed its will on the Islands.

Wild Island: A Year in the Hebrides

Jane Smith

£20.00 £19.00

Depicting a year in the life in the remote island of Oronsay, this is a book for anyone interested in wildlife, for art lovers, for tourists wanting a memento of their holiday, for everyone who loves the west coast of Scotland.

Scotland: Mapping the Nation

Margaret Wilkes, Charles W. J. Withers, et al.

£35.00 £33.25

A beautifully illustrated history of Scotland, told from the innovative perspective of maps and map-making.

Ribbon of Wildness

Peter Wright

£14.99 £14.24

The Watershed of Scotland is a line of water that separates east from west. The changing vistas, wide panoramas, ever present wildlife, and the vagaries of the weather, are delightfully described on this great journey of discovery.

Isles at the Edge of the Sea

Jonny Muir

£11.99 £11.39

Beginning on Arran, Jonny Muir sets out to explore these places with a single ambition: to reach the faraway St Kilda archipelago, the islands at the edge of the world.

Wild Voices: Journeys Through Time in the Scottish Highlands

Mike Cawthorne

£9.99 £9.29

The journeys in this book are tales of adventure on foot and by canoe through some of the last wild places in Scotland. Each journey is haunted by the ghost of another writer who has left behind the trace of his or her own experience of these isolated hills, glens, streams or lochs.

Red Sky at Night

John Barrington

£9.99 £9.49

John Barrington's work as a shepherd in the hills overlooking Loch Katrine is marvelously interwoven with the story of the glen, of Rob Roy in whose house John lived, of curling when the ice is thick enough, and of sheep dog trials in the summer. Whether up on the hills or along the glen, John knows the haunts of the local wildlife. He sets his seasonal clock by the passage of birds on the loch, and jealously guards over the golden eagle's eyrie in the hills.

Raw Spirit: In Search of the Perfect Dram

Iain Banks

£18.99 £18.04

In a bid to uncover the unique spirit of the single malt whisky, author Iain Banks undertook a tour of the distilleries of his homeland. His tour of Scotland combines history, literature and landscape in a fun, memorable journey.

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