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365 Reasons to be Proud to be Scottish: Magical Moments in Scotland's History

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books 365 reasons
365 Reasons To Be Proud To Be Scottish is a year-long scenic route of jolliness taking in the quirky events, inventions, traditions, people, places and characters that make Scotland a country worth celebrating every day of the year.Has there ever been a more eccentric, creative, inventive and passionate race than the Scottish? We don't think so and 365 Reasons To Be Proud To Be Scottish proves it brilliantly. In the book you'll find a historical year's worth of the discoveries, delights and derring-do that make Scotland a place to love and cherish, a place of wonder and a country that attracts 13 million people through its doors each year. From the hallowed halls of St Andrews University – the first in Scotland (and, in 2013, celebrating its 600th birthday!) – to the glorious slopes of Edinburgh’s streets; from the magical monster myths of loch landscapes to the ancient highland whisky makers; from inventors Alexander Graham Bell to brave knights such as William Wallace – Scotland is amazing, every single day of the year.
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A Croft in the Hills

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Books 44
A Croft in the Hills, first published in 1960, is now acknowledged as a classic among Highland books.  It captures, in simple, moving descriptions, what it was really like trying to make a living out of a hill croft near Loch Ness fifty years ago.  A couple and their young daughter, fresh from city life, immerse themselves in the practicalities of looking after sheep, cattle and hens,  mending fences, baking bread and surviving the worst that Scottish winters can throw at them.

Their neighbours are  few, but among them they find the generosity and community spirit that has survived in the Highlands for generations.  Working as a tight family unit, they learn to cope, and in time grow to love their little croft.
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A Safe Pair Of Hands

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book safe pair of hands
This gripping novel follows Forbes Fogerty, a senior international airline pilot, through his flight experiences and tense moments, while trying to keep his family together at home. His interfering mother-in-law, social climbing wife and anti-establishment daughter, all combine to test his 'safe pair of hands'.
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A Traveller's Life

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Books 42
Sheila Stewart is the last in the line of the Stewarts o’ Blair, a travelling family who have made a unique contribution to the musical and oral traditions of Scotland. Her mother was the legendary ‘Queen amang the Heather’, the singer and storyteller Belle Stewart, and her father, Willie Stewart, was a noted piper. Sheila spent her childhood wandering with them all over Scotland, working on farms and experiencing all the highs and lows of the traveller lifestyle. From 1954 she sang in concerts with her parents and her sister Cathie, and they became stars of the folk scene. An acclaimed storyteller and ballad singer, she is in huge demand and has continued to perform up to the present day. This, her long-awaited autobiography, is graphic in its depiction of the sometimes harrowing circumstances of her life, but is also a tribute to the rich and dramatic tradition of which she is one of the last representatives.
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Bradshaw's Guide Scotlands Railways West Coast - Carlisle to Inverness

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books sc railways
Bradshaw's Guide of 1863 was the staple book to what's what and where's where for the mid-Victorians and it gives the reader a unique insight into the world of the nineteenth century travellers. The railways themselves opened up Scotland properly to tourism for the first time, and many journeys that once took days to complete could now be undertaken in hours, bringing its many attractions within the reaches of the masses. This illustrated guide records the sights to be seen in the towns and cities encountered along the route.

'Bradshaw's Guides were invaluable in their time and they provide the modern-day reader with a fascinating insight into the nineteenth century rail traveller's experience.'

Campbell McCutcheon takes us through the west coast and Highlands of Bradshaw's Scotland, using contemporary Victorian and Edwardian photographs and postcards to illustrate the scenes that the users of Bradshaw's Guide to Scotland's Railways would have experienced. This volume covers primarily the lines of the Caledonian, Glasgow & South Western, Scottish Central and Highland Railways and the geographical area of the west coast and highlands.
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Cabers and Ceilidhs

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Books 03
Cabers & Ceilidhs by Johns Stinson and Donald Gordon

150 years of the Caledonian Society of Otago. Tossing the caber is a traditional Highland Games event believed to have developed from the practice of tossing logs across streams in order to bridge them. A standard caber is 5.94m tall and weights 79KGs.
Ceilidh (pronounced 'caley') is a Gaelic word for a traditional social gathering.
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Calum's Road

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Books 09
Author: Roger Hutchinson.

Calum MacLeod lived at the northern tip of the remote Scottish island of Raasay, miles from the nearest road. Over the course of fifty years he watched as neglect and decline took their toll on his small community until he found himself the last man left. Calum decided to do something about it. He built a road. One spring morning he set off with a pick, a shovel and a wheelbarrow, and alone in an empty landscape began with his bare hands a romantic, quixotic venture that would dominate the last twenty years of his life. Calum's road would become a powerful and beautiful symbol of one man's defiance against the erosion of his native culture.
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Cattle on a Thousand Hills

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Books 48
While their role has been all too often overlooked by historians, cattle have played an integral part in the economy, ecology and culture of Highland life. Although many of these animals and their keepers have been abandoned in favour of sheep walks and deer forests, their legacy has remained through stories, paintings and songs. Infused by the author's own experience of small-holding at 'the end of the crofting era', this book offers an excellent insight into the history and colourful customs associated with tending cattle on crofts, on shielings and on the drove roads of old, in an account that is populated by legendary figures, mighty beasts and characters larger than life.
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Celebrations Recipe Book

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book Celebrations
Celebrations is written for anyone who likes to eat and drink well, and to celebrate the milestones in their lives. Almost any event can be an excuse for a party or a feast - birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, christenings, or even just a summer party or barbecue - and Claire Macdonald, who runs a family hotel at Kinloch Lodge on the Isle of Skye, offers a host of delicious recipes to help even the most hard-pressed cook celebrate life. Menus range from romantic dinners for two, to lunch or dinner parties for twenty or more. Celebrations also includes a stunning selections of the puddings for which Claire Macdonald is so justly famous. Above all, the recipes are supremely practical and many can be prepared in advance; "Celebrations" is aimed at those of use who love to entertain but have to cope with busy lives as well.
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Celtic Myth

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book celt myth
This beautiful giftbook with accessible, bitesize information introduces the reader to the fascinating world of Celtic mythology. The ancient Celtic world included Ireland, Wales and parts of Britain, Gaul and Spain, and was united by Celtic language and religion. Learn about the Celts' myths and beliefs in the context of their native landscape, the pantheon of deities worshipped, the core myths that fall into themes such as creation and quest, and how these coincide with other civilisations' mythology and inform our culture today.
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Charles Rennie Mackintosh Pocket Guide: Revised Edition

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books c r macintosh
This is an illustrated, up-to-date guide to the work of Scotland's renowned architect and designer. It takes a critical look at his buildings, furniture, paintings, drawings, and textile designs, and contains information on where to see them. For travelers to Europe & enthusiasts of the architecture of the Modern Movement.
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Clans and Tartans

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Collins clan/tartan

The perfect introduction to Scottish tartans. Produced in association with the Scottish Tartans Authority, this Little Book focuses on the history of the world famous Scottish tartan. Optimised for colour tablets. The images in this ebook are not suitable for viewing on black and white e-ink devices.

Contents include:
• Over 100 clans presented with their tartan, crest, motto and Gaelic clan name.
• The history of tartan and how it plays its part in the traditional national dress.
• Detailed clans and family names listing.

Beautifully produced, Collins Little Book of Clans and Tartans is a treasure in itself and makes a perfect gift for any Scotland enthusiast.

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Culloden (Great Battles)

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books Culloden battle
The battle of Culloden lasted less than an hour. The forces involved on both sides were small, even by the standards of the day. And it is arguable that the ultimate fate of the 1745 Jacobite uprising had in fact been sealed ever since the Jacobite retreat from Derby several months before.

But for all this, Culloden is a battle with great significance in British history. It was the last pitched battle on the soil of the British Isles to be fought with regular troops on both sides. It came to stand for the final defeat of the Jacobite cause. And it was the last domestic contestation of the Act of Union of 1707, the resolution of which propelled Great Britain to be the dominant world power for the next 150 years.

If the battle itself was short, its aftermath was brutal - with the depredations of the Duke of Cumberland followed by a campaign to suppress the clan system and the Highland way of life. And its afterlife in the centuries since has been a fascinating one, pitting British Whig triumphalism against a growing romantic memorialization of the Jacobite cause.

On both sides there has long been a tendency to regard the battle as a dramatic clash, between Highlander and Lowlander, Celt and Saxon, Catholic and Protestant, the old and the new. Yet, as this account of the battle and its long cultural afterlife suggests, while viewing Culloden in such a way might be rhetorically compelling, it is not necessarily good history.
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Driftwood and Tangle

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Books 20
Author - Margaret Leigh

Driftwood and Tangle is a moving and poignant memoir of life in the north-west of Scotland just after the outbreak of the Second World War. Margaret Leigh recounts the years she spent in Wester Ross, Moidart, Coigeach and Barra as a crofter, an activity which enabled her to experience the land in all its moods and capture the essence of this remote and beautiful part of Scotland in finely crafted prose. In addition to her evocative description of the land itself, she also has much to say about the people who live there – their traditions and way of life which, at the time of writing, were under threat not only because of the inevitable march of ‘progress’ but also because of a war likely to engulf even this remote corner of Europe.
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Edinburgh Pocket Guide

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books edinburgh p/g
Written by Iseabail Macleod.
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Favourite recipes with Scotch Whisky

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Book 31
This book contains a collection of delicious recipes for incorporating Scotch whisky into a selection of soups, starters, main courses and dessert dishes.

Try - Ayshire Pork Fillet or Whisky Cake
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Favourite Scottish meat recipes

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Book 30
Favourite beef, lamb and game dishes. 

Scotland is known throughout the world for the quality of its meat, both farmed and wild. This book contains a collection of delicious recipes using Scotch beef and lamb, venison and game birds.
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Golf

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books golf
This title reveals the history of golf, from its invention in Scotland and patronage by Stuart monarchs, through its rising popularity in Victorian and Edwardian England, to the development of famous golf clubs, open championships and international competitions, with the battle between British and Americans for golfing supremacy in the twentieth century. We see the evolution of the golf ball and club from its early feather and wooden versions to the hi-tech golf equipment of today.
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Great Scottish Heroes: Fifty Scots Who Shaped the World

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books 50 sc heroes
Which Scottish anti-slavery campaigner lost a son in a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp during the American Civil War? Was the enemy of Scotland’s first "freedom fighter" not England, but ancient Rome? What was the laboratory accident that led to one of the greatest discoveries in modern medicine? How did the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 influence the legal foundation of the greatest superpower the world has ever seen? Which singing superstar overcame a learning difficulty to become a worldwide inspiration? The answers to these and many other questions can be found in Great Scottish Heroes, covering 2,000 years of Scottish history and encompassing outstanding leaders in a broad range of pursuits, including the arts, exploration, medicine, sports, religion, and politics. Even a brief list of Scottish inventions shows the nation’s influence upon our world: television, penicillin, the steam engine, the telephone, the vacuum flask, to name only a few. Scotland has for centuries produced a great number of exceptional, heroic individuals out of all proportion to its small population and geographical size. This concise but wide-ranging book offers biographies of 50 Scottish heroes and heroines, but in truth there are a hundred others, and more, who would qualify for inclusion. These men and women helped to shape the world, and continue to do so today. Great Scottish Heroes shows how they achieved such remarkable success. If you are a Scot by birth, descent, or adoption, this book will make you even prouder of your countrymen. If you are not Scottish, you will wish you were.
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Guide for the New Zealand Traveller in Britain

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books nz guide britain
The first and only travel guide written for New Zealand visitors to Britain that features places and things in the United Kingdom that have special historical, sporting and cultural interest for New Zealanders. It contains a fund of fascinating and meaningful information, including places associated with Captain Cook, ports from which the early settlers sailed, war cemeteries of the Anzacs, famous sporting grounds where New Zealand teams have played, church windows, statues and other works of art, pubs and plantations of New Zealand trees. These and other features - all part of the New Zealand story - are listed and vividly described in this ground breaking guide.
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Heather's Gold

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book h/gold
An historically correct novel telling the Otago pioneer gold story. This historical novel continues from where Oatcakes to Otago finished; with the discovery of gold in Central Otago. Thousands of men and a few hardy women gave up what they were doing in California, Canton, Victoria and Dunedin and went into The Interior to make their fortune. While the McDonald family is imaginary, but representative of real characters in the true Otago story, nearly all the situations they encounter are historically correct. It is a story of the courage, perseverance and independance of the Otago pioneer character forged in the extreme conditions of climate and deprivation. The survivors of this struggle became our great-grand-parents, so that we could become New Zealanders. This is their story. Don Offwood is a direct descendant of the first settlers in Otago, and was born in Invercargill and lived for some years in Dunedin. His great grandfather was a gold miner. Donald is a retired Air New Zealand International captain who's previous book 'Oatcakes To Otago' tells the story of the Scottish emigration to Otago. It is in its third print.
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Ireland

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book Ireland

Ireland is a much photographed country, whose lush beauty has been the subject of many pictorial books. However, David Lyons' stunning photography provide a fresh and vibrant image of the Irish landscape. It helps to have a feel for your subject, and David Lyons has exactly that: an Ulsterman who has concentrated on landscape photography, his vision of Ireland has been focused over the years. Images of well known locations and of the unexpected sit together in Ireland and provide a wonderful view of town and country.

Ireland is divided roughly into quarters, into the four traditional provinces of Ireland – Ulster, Munster, Leinster, and Connaught – with each province's history featured. From the myths and fables of Celtic Ireland – Cuchulainn and Finn MacCool, the Daughters of Lir and the "little people" – through the historical remnants of Norman and British Ireland, the castles and cathedrals, Georgian Dublin and Protestant Belfast, to the new Ireland, the tiger economy of the European Union, the creativity of Ireland's heritage is portrayed in the photographs. But it is the timeless Irish landscape, the beauty and wildness, so ably captured by David Lyons' camera, that makes the greatest impression.

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Irish Address Book

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books Irish address
A blank Irish address book.
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Irish Dancing (Collins Pocket Reference)

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books irish dancing
This guide comprises instructions to over 150 Irish dances, bringing together for the first time in a single volume, ceili, set, and two-handed country dances. It includes all dances commonly featured in classes, summer schools and feiseanna.
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Irish First Names

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book Irish first names
Written by Ronan Coghlan.
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