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Reading Recommendations for Scotland Tours

Here is a list of books and guides intended to provide suggestions for informative and pleasurable reading. It is offered in the conviction that a considerable part of a trip's enjoyment begins before leaving home. Your local library and book store may have these and other books of interest about Scotland.


  • A Traveller’s History of Scotland by Andrew Fisher; Interlink Books, N. Y., 2nd ed., 1994
  • Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser
  • Highland Journey--a Sketching Tour of Scotland (retracing the footsteps of the Victorian artist John T. Read) by Mairi Hedderwick; Trafalgar
  • An Eye on the Hebrides: an Illustrated Journey by Mairi Hedderwick; British Tourist Authority (US), Seven Hills Books, distributors, 1990
  • How the Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Harmon; Three Rivers Press, NY, 2001
  • The Claim of Crofting by James Hunter; Trafalgar, 1992
  • Scottish Highlanders--a People and their Place by James Hunter; Trafalgar
  • The Highlands by Calum I. Maclean; Trafalgar, 1992
  • A Concise History of Scotland by Fitzroy Maclean; Thames & Hudson, 1993
  • Macgregor’s Scotland by Jimmie Macgregor; Series of BBC TV books including Along the Southern Upland Way, In the Footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie and On the West Highland Way
  • Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell; Penguin Books
  • A Scottish Nature Diary by Douglas Willis; St. Mut., 1989
  • The Story of Crofting in Scotland by Douglas Willis; St. Mut.
  • Scottish Island Hopping, various contributors, pub. Polygon (Edinburgh University Press Ltd.), 1999
  • Who Owns Scotland Now?, Auslan Cramb, pub. Mainstream Publishing, 1996
  • Insight Guides. Scotland ; Houghton Mifflin, 3rd ed., 1995
  • Michelin Green Guide. Scotland , 2nd ed., 1994
  • Ordnance Survey Leisure Guide. Scottish Highlands, 1993
  • Pevensey Island Guide to Lewis and Harris, photography by Derek Croucher, pub. Pevensey Press, 1999
  • The Duchess by Jude Deveraux; Pocket Books, 1992
  • Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles by Margaret George, 1992
  • Butcher’s Broom by Neil Miller Gunn, originally published 1934, reissued 1994; Walker & Co.
  • The Waverly Novels including Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott
  • The Bruce Trilogy, Children of the Mist and Columba by Nigel Tranter; Trafalgar
  • Death of a Gossip, Death of a Nag and other Hamish Macbeth mysteries by M. C. Beaton
  • The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey; MacMillan

Also recommended are books by Lillian Beckwith, Christine Marion Fraser and Alfred Wainwright. These are not easily located in the U. S. but may be found in book-stores in Scotland including at Glasgow Airport .

Note: This list was kindly compiled by Marion Simplicio, a professional librarian, whose delightful companionship we have all enjoyed on our tours; with the most recent recommendation thoughtfully provided by a tour participant, Mr. James Taylor.




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