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Walking in the Hebrides: Around the Western Isles (Cicerone Guide) Paperback – 1 May 1998
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Roger Redfern describes the timeless quality of the Western Isles of Scotland. Although geographically close together, each island has its own distinctive character. Take, for instance, the cultivated fields and mild air of Tiree, the bleak profiles of Coll and South Uist, or the jagged mountain skylines of Rhum and the Cuillins of Skye. Today, you can visit several of the islands by regular short flights from Glasgow, you can drive across the Skye Bridge, or you can savour the sea views and feeling of remoteness by taking the ferry - though not, now, quite the risky affair it was in the 30s when, 'by the help of God', the Hebridean boatman would guide you to your destination after several uncomfortable hours at sea! Whatever your method of travel, be warned that your visit will probably be the first of many, such is the very special charm of these islands and their people. As well as a general description of the island in question, each chapter includes suggestions for walking routes which take full advantage of the scenery on offer. Sketch maps and photographs accompany the text.
About the Author
Roger Redfern is a well-known muntaineer and photo-journalist whose articles appear regularly in publications including High, The Great Outdoors, Peak District magazine, Peakland Walker and The Guardian. A founder tutor of the former Mountaineering Association, he has climbed all over Britain and the Alps, and in Africa and the north-eastern United States. A former editor of the mountaineering magazine Mountain Craft (later Mountain) he has written some 30 other books and guides.
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I found Walking in the Hebrides a source of inspiration, so much so that I went off and researched my own more detailed guidebook to the Southern Hebrides for Cicerone who also publish detailed guides to most of the Hebridean islands.
The Hebrides are a wonderful and diverse region and once visited, they tend to call you back again and again. If you've never been and are thinking of embarking on a walking holiday, Roger Redfern's book is a fine introduction to walking among some of the finest landscapes in the British Isles.