Remote, romantic and often mysterious, the islands off the coast of Scotland hold a strong fascination for thousands of visitors each year. Focusing on Islay, this title is one of a series of illustrated guidebooks providing information on heritage, landscape, climate, flora and fauna.
The groups of islands off the coast of Scotland hold a strong fascination for the thousands of people who embark on the sea crossing each year. The islands are unique: remote, romantic and often mysterious, they exert a magnetic attraction which draws visitors back again and again. The Hebridean island of Islay lies off the coast of Argyll, linked to the mainland of Scotland by a year-round vehicle ferry. Its varied landscape makes it attractive for hill-walkers, and its long and sometimes bloody history has left plenty of traces in the landscape for amateur archaeologists to explore. Its beaches are pounded by the full power of the Atlantic surf, which has sculpted spectacular cliffs and formed empty miles of sandy strands, where Vikings once beached their longships. The ancestral seat of the medieval Lords of the Isles. Islay is brim full of history, but with a full range of modern services and accommodation for visitors. Famous the world over for its whisky, the spirit of 'the Queen of the Hebrides' lures people back again and again to enjoy its scenery and tranquility.
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Norman Newton was born in Glasgow, spent his teenage years in Nelson, New Zealand, and attended college and university in the USA. He returned to Scotland to work in university and public libraries, in Glasgow, Campbeltown and Inverness. He has written extensively on islands and Highland history and archaeology, and is the Reference Libranian at Inverness Public Library.
Table of Contents
Map of the island Introduction 1 Unravelling Topography 2 The Island's Capital and Crossroads 3 Distilleries and Early Christians 4 The Lords of the Isles 5 Medieval Splendour in a Gaelic Peninsula 6 Standing Stones in an Orwellian Environment 7 Birds, Rocks and Ruins Useful Information and Places to Visit Place-names and their Pronunciation Further Reading Index
Islay by Norman S. Newton
Norman S. Newton
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