“More than merely a travelogue, this is a meditation on belonging and on Scottish ancestry." — Kirkus Reviews
Imagine traveling for weeks through the legendary Scottish Highlands where you clamber up mountain trails, meander down one-lane roads to the ocean, boat off the Isle of Skye to check lobster pots, pony trek in the hills, and shoot skeet on the moors. At the close of the day, sip fine whiskies at the intimate bar in a former hunting lodge on Loch Torridon, or in a castle in the Great Glen. Explore the mystic highlands from Inverness for the tall, mysteriously carved stones of the early Picts, walk among ancient megaliths, standing stones, and stone circles of the Celtic world, and cruise the coastline of the Inner Hebrides. Through it all, you’ll smile along with Leslie and her companions on their humorous escapades and charming encounters with the Scots and Irish they meet along the way.
A sequel to We Are the Land, Ireland and Leslie’s Field Guide to Ireland, this travel memoir glows with the author’s colorful illustrations. It presents a visual feast of hand-drawn maps that highlight places of interest, regions of Scotland and Ireland, clan names and territories, DNA and genetic ancestry of early people in Scotland and Ireland, the trail of Pictish Stones, and the relationship of mountains, rivers and distilleries in Scotland.
If you can’t go in person, then pack your bags vicariously in Book Three of her travel journal series of Leslie's Travel Companions, Six Degrees of Latitude, Travel Tales of Scotland and Ireland. Whether you read it to inform yourself before your journey, or simply for the pleasure from the comfort of your armchair at home, it’s sure to become a favorite in your travel book collection.