Books About Local Area


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 Strathglass. They make great souvenirs of your visit and ideal gifts to back to friends and family.

My Yester Years In Glen Affaric

by Duncan MacLennan

My Yester Years In Glen AffaricThe memoirs of local man the late Duncan MacLennan, Head Stalker in Glen Affric from 1942 till 1989. The book is 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.

Currently out of print

A Season in Strathglass

John Fowler

A Season in Strathglass by John FowlerStrathglass 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.

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

Isolation Shepherd

by Iain R Thomson

Isolation ShepherdIn 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

by Donald Fraser

Guisachan - A HistoryAlthough 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.

The Hydro Boys

by Emma Wood

The Hydro BoysThis 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

by James Miller

The Dam Builders: Power From The GlensIn 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

by John Lister-Kaye

Song of the Rolling EarthThis 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.