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The Cairngorms: A Secret History [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Baker
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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The Cairngorms: A Secret History is a series of journeys exploring barely known human and natural stories of the Cairngorm Mountains. It looks at a unique British landscape, its last great wilderness, with new eyes. History combines with travelogue in a vivid account of this elemental scenery. There have been rare human incursions into the Cairngorm plateau, and Patrick Baker tracks them down. He traces elusive wildlife and relives ghostly sightings on the summit of Ben Macdui. From the search for a long-forgotten climbing shelter and the locating of ancient gem mines, to the discovery of skeletal aircraft remains and the hunt for a mysterious nineteenth-century aristocratic settlement, he seeks out the unlikeliest and most interesting of features in places far off the beaten track. The cultural and human impact of this stunning landscape and reflections on the history of mountaineering are the threads which bind this compelling narrative together.


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'Describing a series of walks, Baker illuminates the bleak landscape, revealing the many stories linked to its ruined bothies, ancient gem mines and even haunted summits' --FT Weekend

'Packed with great stories and vivid descriptions' --Scotland Outdoors

'Exploring the Cairngorms has been a lifetime fascination for Patrick Baker and in this book he generously shares the results' --Scotland Magazine

About the Author

Patrick Baker studied Business, Finance and Economics at the University of East Anglia and gained a postgraduate qualification in Publishing from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. He has worked in the publishing industry for many years editing and producing academic journals and is currently a writer for an investment management company. A keen outdoor enthusiast, he has walked and climbed throughout Scotland and Europe. His book Walking in the Ochils, Campsie Fells and Lomond Hills was published in 2006.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1107 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn (15 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KEW8IXK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,760 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 22 Aug. 2014
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Great book , I found it fascinating and amazingly descriptive.It enabled me to experience the geography,weather conditions,history and wild beauty of the Cairngorms and all from the comfort of my armchair.The book has encouraged me to visit the area at the earliest opportunity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all explorers!!! 9 Sept. 2014
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Such an fascinating book, full of wonderful photos and interesting stories, written in a beautiful, lyrical manner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 29 Aug. 2014
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Excellent read, very informative. I would completely recommend. Worth every penny!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Book 27 Mar. 2015
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Loved this book. It transported me up onto the Cairngorms and is written in such a beautiful, lyrical style. A book to be savoured and read again.
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excellent book , great read been to many if the mountains but didn't know all the stories about them.
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