Publications

Over the years there have been a number of books and articles written about the area that are of immense interest to local people and visitors alike. They are a great source of information of how life in the glens has changed over the years and are also a valuable resource for those with family connections to

A Season in Strathglass by John Fowler 

A Season in Strathglass

John Fowler

Strathglass and its three long glens is a place of mountain, woods and many waters. Over the years John Fowler has come to know it well. He has accompanied stalkers on the hill, joined naturalists in the field, fishermen on loch and river. He has wandered in Caledonian pinewood and trekked over hill and glen. Above all, he has encountered a host of memorable characters. This is his story of a fascinating land and its people.

Copies should be available locally and from bookshops. More information on this book and others can be found on the author’s website, or visit his page at Birlinn Books.

 

 

Forestry Commission Glen Affric Guide 

Glen Affric Guide

Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS)

An excellent illustrated informative guide to walks in Glen Affric.

You can download a copy directly from FCS website by clicking here.

Copies may be obtained locally from outlets such as Cannich Stores and accommodation providers (subject to availability from FCS).

 

 

 

My Yester Years In Glen Affaric 

My Yester Years In Glen Affaric

by Duncan MacLennan

The memoirs of local man Duncan MacLennan, Head Stalker in Glen Affric from 1942 till 1989. Now in his 90's Duncan tells us about his life in Glen Affric where he was born, brought up and worked until he finally retired at the age of 75! It is a must buy for those with connections to the area. It will also make great souvenir for visitors to take home.

Copies should be available locally but should you require any further info contact Duncan MacLennan Jnr. at dmacle5756@aol.com.

 

Books from Kilmorack Heritage Association

Books from Kilmorack Heritage Association

In recent years Kilmorack Heritage Association has published a number of fascinating books on the local area. The books cover a variety of subjects and are extremely well researched and detailed. They are particularly valuable for family historians.

They include: - The Glens and Straths - A study of the history and demography of several former crofting townships, farms and villages and their inhabitants in Strathglass, Glenstrathfarrar, Glen Cannich and Glen Affric 1700-2000. The Policies of Guisachan - The Estate of Guisachan which includes the village of Tomich.

Full details of all their publications can be obtained at the Kilmorack Heritage website.

 

Isolation Shepherd

Isolation Shepherd

by Iain R Thomson

In this book the author expresses the sensitivities of a Highlander for the irreparable changes inflicted upon his native glens. Through a life in the wilderness of Wester Ross his sheperding days glimpse the spirit of high corrie and falling torrent. The tale is not told without humour and pathos of a time before the need for cheaper electricity flooded home and pasture alike. This haunting narative records a time of peace and happiness once to be found in an untamed world. Many may dream, none can be unaffected.

Copies should be available locally but should you require any further info on this and Iain's other works visit his page at Birlinn Books.

 

Guisachan - A History

Guisachan - A History

by Donald Fraser

Although claiming to be neither a writer or historian, Donald Fraser has produced a highly informative history of Guisachan and the Tweedmouths who were associated with the estate for many years.

The book, first published in 1990, has proved tremendously popular with visitors to Strathglass, indeed requests for information from his guests at Tomich first prompted the author to put pen to paper. The book contains many old photographs of Guisachan House, the estate and the people who lived and worked there.

Copies should be available locally and more information on this book including mail order details can be found on the author's website.

Burn On The Hill 

Burn On The Hill

by Elizabeth Allan

In the early years of the 20th Century, Ronnie Burn came as a stranger to the high glens of the Scottish Highlands. It enabled him to achieve his goal of becoming the first 'Compleat Munroist', but more importantly it brought a lonely man into a warm circle of friendship and affection. Using Burn's hill diaries, the author brings us a fascinating account of his many long and arduous walks and the many warm welcomes he found in homes now given over to summer holiday use, or submerged under hydro-electric dams. The way of life he shared there has gone forever. The glens are empty.

Copies should be available locally.

 

The Hydro Boys

The Hydro Boys

by Emma Wood

This work is an account of the pioneering days of hydro-electricity in Scotland. It shows how each hydro project brought its own set of technical challenges, underlining the remarkable engineering achievements involved in bringing hydro-electric power to the wild glens of the Scottish Highlands. It concludes by looking at the future of hydro-electric power worldwide. Is hydro-electric power the sustainable technology of choice in a new century already riven with ecological angst? The hydro-electric project was a crusade, with a marvellous goal: the prize of affordable power for all from Scottish rainfall. This book is a journey through time, and across and beneath the Highland landscape…it is not just a story of technology and politics but of people.

Copies should be available locally.

 

The Dam Builders: Power From The Glens

The Dam Builders: Power From The Glens

by James Miller

In the thirty years after the Second World War, the construction schemes of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board changed the face of the Highlands and brought elelctricity to almost the whole of the country north of the Highland Line. Fired by the idealism of Tom Johnston, the Board's founder, the schemes brought regeneration and hope. By the time the last scheme was opened at Foyers in 1975, some fifty major dams and power stations, almost 200 miles of tunnel, 400 miles of road, and over 20,000 miles of power line had been constructed. The Dam Builders is a vivid account of the schemes, and includes eyewitness stories from many of the workers who made the electrification of the Highlands a reality.

Copies should be available locally.

 

Song of the Rolling Earth

Song of the Rolling Earth

by John Lister-Kaye

This book is the authors celebration of nature and the land that has been his home and work for almost thirty years. It is a powerful evocation of the turbulent human history of the Highlands; its wealth of wildlife, and the magnificent landscape of mountains, forests and lochs that surround his field centre. It is a journey of personal discovery; an enchanting account that captures the hills and glens in all their glory, and a fascinating exploration of man's ever changing relationship with his environment.

Copies should be available locally and more information on this book and others can be found on the author's website.