on 6 November 2003
R.V.Morton writes of his travels around Scotland with a clarity that puts you there, with him, as he describes the characters,local history, life and feeling of the moment in each place he visits.
Set in the early 1900s, it is a beautifully written book that was an absolute joy and education to read. I am so pleased to find that he has others on the shelf!
on 29 October 2012
I have been a great admirer of Morton for years now. I was intrigued to see how this very English traveller would view Scotland. As with his travels in the Middle East, Spain and Italy he is the most wonderful travel companion. He has a poet`s eye and he does his subject the great compliment of preparing very well for his travels so that he knows more about Scotland than most of our natives. Of course the book was written more than eighty years ago but if anything it gains from that. Morton finds and describes a traditional Scotland which still exists but can at times be overshadowed by our attempts to seem more sophisticated. No one that I know of more hauntingly evokes the romance and drama of Scottish scenery. His visit to Skye is a wonderful piece of writing. As a Scot I salute H.V. Morton.
on 7 December 2013
i bought this book 40 years ago in a Glasgow market (the barras) and loved reading about his journey around scotland. You get a real sense of being with him and experiencing his discoveries. I loved his enthusiasm when ho found how to make scotch broth. Describing the look, the colours and the aroma alone was and is unforgettable. I am still using that recipe 40 years on.
What I loved was finding out about other parts of Scotland as I was young and hadn't travelled much. This inspired me to see my own country much more.
on 11 February 2011
The charm of H V Morton's travel does not diminish with the decades, but grows. This is because his elegant, witty, 1930s prose, and chats with old-time characters, take us back to his era YET ALSO he captures what is eternal about the places he visits.
His trip round Holyrood House to look at the absurd paintings of Scotland's mythical kings, his hikes across wild and wet moors, his encounters with American tourists, all are brilliant pieces of writing. No one writes like this now and more's the pity.
For the modest price the book would be a magnificent find if the reader wants the feel of old Scotland.
on 1 January 2010
Have you ever met Mr M.? Well, I'm afraid your a bit too late. Never mind, this book will take you on the High Road to Scotland.
Just hop in the passenger seat of M's motor car and take that road out of London.
What sort of car is it? Can't say but she certainly goes well.
The world of 2010, motorways and traffic wardens does not yet exist and wont for about another 80 years or so.
I don't think now that I will ever have the chance to take that journey but If you do, write a review to spread the news.
That number of editions and re-prints has got to mean something pretty good.
P.s. I bought another copy for my son's birthday.