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Scottish Beasties Pocket Field Guide: The Trackers' Compendium of Rare Scottish Creatures Paperback – 1 Aug 2010


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  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Airo Limited (1 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956648606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956648600
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.6 x 14.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,475,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lachlan Murdo Dundurn was born on the 1st of April, 1944. His parents, Murdo and Mhairi were the gillie and cook respectively, for a country estate in the North West of Scotland.

As a boy Lachie learned the art of tracking animals from his father and given his love of Nature, it proved no surprise when he followed in Murdo's footsteps and become a gillie himself.

At eleven, he had his first encounter with a Scottish Beastie - spotting a MacSporran chopping a new caber. Lachie soon discovered a whole new world thriving all around him.

It was at this point that he started writing meticulously the first of his journals. He amassed a substantial body of evidence but was wary of presenting it to a sceptical, urbanised world.

As a man, Lachie is the epitome of the Highlander - he doesn't take fools lightly and is fiercely loyal to friends. He is also an excellent cook (his mother's influence).

However, leaving aside his background, the mystery that should be occupying all who visit this page is not 'Who is Lachie ? ... but ... 'Where is Lachie ?'

In April, 2010, he vanished. The man himself predicted that he would be imprisoned underground by the faeries, an idea that he knew would be derided by those unused to country ways.

Shortly after his disappearance, a letter and large wooden trunk were left anonymously outside a Publishing House.

The letter was from Lachie and in it he instructed that the trunk's contents (over 50 years of observations) be used to reveal this unknown stratum of the Scottish Natural World.

This book is the direct result of that letter, a copy of which can be viewed on the website dedicated to his observations :- www.scottishbeasties.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ed in Glasgow on 9 Aug. 2011
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Bought this guide initially for my daughter's benefit but the whole family have been sucked in. Funnily enough the characters seem horribly familiar, my wife even sees me in a couple of the characters. Hope to see more of the Highland Critters and this book will let you Scotland in a whole new way! Remember to keep your eyes peeled in the wilds.........
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This is an absolute gem of a book which introduces the reader to the "wee beasties" that are to be found all over Scotland - from Golden Eagle to Hairy Horny Haggis, Highland Midge to Bampot and Bogle. It mixes fact with fantasy in just the right way to keep it fun and informative for all age-groups. Mixed in with interesting facts, tracking tips and wonderful drawings is the strange disappearance of the author Lachie Dundurn ... where did he go and why?

Pocket sized, glossy and beautifully illustrated - it is the perfect gift for anyone you know - young or old - whose heart belongs to Scotland (or anywhere else for that matter).

I love it.
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What a fantastic little book...full of all the creatures which roam Scotland's countryside. I knew about the Midge and the Golden Eagle - and have even seen them both - but a Haggis and a MacSporran? I'll need to keep a look out for them but I'm in no rush to meet a Bogle or a Kelpie...scary!. There are 'Interesting Facts' and 'Tracking Tips for each creature along with the Latin names and some are hilarious. The Bampot is a particular favourite...Latin name Pottus Numpti! This little Guide would make a great gift for a lover of anything Scottish.
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By Zen10 on 11 May 2013
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I have bought this book for all my friend's children and my children's friends. Maybe it's the pocket-size, or the lovely drawings and hand-written sections but this book has been a huge hit with them all. Our reluctant reader brings it with us on most expeditions and holidays and his only difficulty lies in working out what is real and what is made up.
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This is a delightful little book. Well thought-out, and can fire up the imaginations of kids of all ages. This had us all with our eyes peeled when we were out walking. Try telling your eight-year-old that you can't take home a Hugmahush!
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