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Cairngorms : a secret history

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Publication Type
General Interest Book
Author
Patrick Baker
ISBN
9781780271880
Date Published
2014
Size
196 x 130 mm
Number of Pages
176pp
Cost
Purchase Info
https://birlinn.co.uk/product/the-cairngorms/
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Birlinn publishes Scottish and general UK interest books, from biography to history, military history, sport and Scottish Gaelic. The name comes from the old Norse word 'birlinn', meaning a long boat or small galley used especially in the Hebrides and West Highlands of Scotland in the Middle Ages.

Review:

Publisher's website 2018

Secret Histories of the Cairngorms is a series of journeys exploring barely known human and natural stories of the Cairngorm Mountains. It looks at a unique British landscape, its last great wilderness, with new eyes.

History combines with travelogue in a vivid account of this elemental scenery. There have been rare human incursions into the Cairngorm plateau, and Patrick Baker tracks them down. He traces elusive wildlife and relives ghostly sightings on the summit of Ben Macdui. From the search for a long-forgotten climbing shelter and the locating of ancient gem mines, to the discovery of skeletal aircraft remains and the hunt for a mysterious nineteenth-century aristocratic settlement, he seeks out the unlikeliest and most interesting of features in places far off the beaten track. The cultural and human impact of this stunning landscape and reflections on the history of mountaineering are the threads which bind this compelling narrative together.


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