• Marvels at the intrepid qualities of the various visitors to this then unknown region and provides impressions of what it was like, as seen through their eyes
  • Provides an illuminating and entertaining account of how the Far North was revealed through early travellers
  • Combines history and aspects of science with first-hand accounts to create an absorbing read

  • An invaluable guide for anyone wondering about the place-name on the label of a bottle of Scotch
  • Provides information on the meaning of the name, the language it is from, or if it is even real
  • An essential aide-mémoire for those with an interest in all aspects of whisky
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'... this book is revelatory ...With more than 730 reference works cited, and fresh insights galore on the bird and its environment, this is a compellingly important work of reference. At its core is a penetrating cultural ecological study, which offers hope for this special bird and its landscape’. Extract from the Foreword by Professor Des Thompson

  • The first comprehensive and accessible account of the lifecycle and ecology of this fascinating bird
  • Provides up-to-date information on the geographical status and habitat requirements for the continued survival of this iconic bird species

  • The true story of one man's incredible journey through some of the most traumatic, yet largely forgotten, events of the 20th century
  • The 20th century's greatest unknown adventurer ... almost
  • Hero or villain? The ultimate con man or the flawed genius?
  • Presents a detailed picture of social and economic life in Caithness spanning some 300 years
  • Provides the reader with vivid eye-witness quotations from personal letters, accounts and legal documents from the papers of a prominent, land-owning family
  • A fascinating insight into life in northern Scotland during centuries of change



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