Exploring the Scottish Highlands
Whisky, kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster : traveling through Scotland with Boswell and Johnson
William W. Starr.
Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, c2011.
In 1773, James Boswell and Samuel Johnson set off on one of the most celebrated trips of all time: a journey around Scotland that they later published in a pair of journals. More than two centuries later, Starr set out to retrace that earlier trip, following the itinerary in reverse and tracking Boswell and Johnson's route as closely as possible. Coupling his own observations on Scottish people and places with passages from Boswell's and Johnson's accounts, the author presents readers with pictures both of Scotland as it is and as it was. Combining biography, history, and humor, this book will interest both globetrotters and armchair travelers. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
At the water's edge : a personal quest for wildness
John Lister-Kaye.
Edinburgh ; New York : Canongate, c2010.
For the last 30 years nature writernbsp;John Lister-Kaye has taken the same circular walk from his home deep in a Scottish glen up to a small lake. Each day brings a new observation or an unexpected encounter—a fragile spider’s web, an osprey struggling to lift a trout from the water, or a woodcock exquisitely camouflaged on her nest—and every day, on his return home, he records his thoughts in a journal. Drawing on this lifetime of close observation, John Lister-Kaye encourages a secondnbsp;looknbsp;atnbsp;naturenbsp;andnbsp;discovery of its wildness. Henbsp;also forges wonderful connections between the most unlikely subjects, from photosynthesis and the energy cycle to Norse mythology, weasels, and the overpopulation of the planet.At the Water’s Edgeis a lyrical hymn to wildlife, and a powerful warning to respect and protect it.
I never knew that about the Scottish
Christopher Winn ; illustrations by Mai Osawa.
[London?] : Ebury Press, 2009.

Illustrated throughout with beguiling pen and ink drawings, this entertaining guide unearths the traditions, triumphs and disasters, foibles, quirks, and customs that come together to make the Scottish people so fascinating and unique


In this captivating book, bestselling author Christopher Winn turns his attention to the Scottish people, taking us on an eye-opening journey around their homeland, discovering en route the intriguing and surprising ways the places and their history contribute to the Scottish character. From the capital of Edinburgh—birthplace of Henry Brougham, the man who made the longest speech ever in the House of Commons, lasting more than six hours—to Callander, birthplace of Helen Duncan, the last person in Britain to be imprisoned for witchcraft after correctly divining the sinking of HMS Barham, he accompanies us on a journey uncovering little-known facts and amusing anecdotes from the Scottish Highlands to the bustling inner-city streets of Glasgow.

Seasons on Harris : a year in Scotland's Outer Hebrides
written and illustrated by David Yeadon.
New York : HarperCollins, 2006.
Maps on end papers.

Loch Droma

Few places evoke a more romantic vision than the Highlands of Scotland. Here is where history, legend, and beautiful scenery combine for an unforgettable experience in travel. 

The Highlands in Scotland’s mountainous north are home to Scottish people who are proud of their Gaelic traditions. Their customs are found in the food, music, buildings, shops, and outlook of this place that is so beloved of travelers.

Inverness is a handsome small city that serves as the capital of the Highlands. The city has an attractive museum and art gallery. At its castle you’ll find living history demonstrations.  Special events such as the Highland Festival in June and the Inverness Highland Games in July are known world wide.

Inverness forms a good base from which to visit these nearby attractions:

  • Culloden Battlefied where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army was crushed in the last battle ever fought on British soil
  • Fort George, a working military attraction that features an outstanding artillery fortification
  • Cawdor Castle, a fairy tale castle with beautiful gardens that has evolved over 600 years   
  • Loch Ness, famous for the monster “Nessie

Loch Ness Mystery

Since A.D. 565, 3,000 people have claimed to have seen the Loch Ness Monster. Witnesses sightings are all very similar. They describe a huge humped creature with a long neck and tail.

The world’s top rated golf courses can be found in the Highlands. The village of Dornach is famous for multiple courses, and other well-known courses sit near Inverness and Nairn. The wonderful forests, lakes, and hills provide unprecedented opportunities for hikes. After a long day outdoors a Scotch whiskey brewed in the area is a welcome treat.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff