In an is­sue de­voted to a na­tion that’s so rich in mu­si­cal land­scapes, we sought out your sug­ges­tions for ten amaz­ing songs that might in­spire a great walk. You can find the Playlist at www.bit.ly/cw­playlist2 – en­joy!

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There have been hun­dreds of ren­der­ings of this heather­clad Scot­tish folk clas­sic, but Dy­lan sang this beau­ti­ful ver­sion at the Isle of Wight Fes­ti­val in 1969 and although he isn’t Scot­tish, he gets it just about per­fect. www.bob­dy­lan.com

9 THE BEACH AT REDPOINT Boards of Canada

This reclu­sive Scot­tish duo spe­cialise in haunt­ing elec­tro ram­bles, and this hyp­notic syn­th­fest evokes the tit­u­lar beach in the north­west High­lands, which is beau­ti­ful in it­self but also gives stunning views across to Skye. Search ‘Boards of Canada’ on Face­book.

8 CALE­DO­NIA Dougie Ma­cLean

Ready to shed a tear? Scot­tish singer-song­writer Dougie here in­hab­its an old man pre­par­ing to ‘go home’, which he em­bod­ies as his home­land with the re­frain “Cale­do­nia’s been ev­ery­thing I’ve ever had.” A great shout from reader Ruth Tay­lor. www.dougiemaclean.com

7 GO­ING HOME Mark Knopfler

A slightly cheerier con­cept of ‘home’ in the theme from the 1983 drama Lo­cal Hero, in which an Amer­i­can oil exec comes to a Scot­tish coastal vil­lage (a mix of Pen­nan in Ab­erdeen­shire, be­low, and Mo­rar near Mal­laig) with a brief to clear it for a new re­fin­ery… with quirky con­se­quences. www.mark­knopfler.com 6 THE IS­LAND


“Will you dance and re­turn to the is­land of the young?” Just pure joy. Thanks to reader Jac­que­line White for this one. www.skip­in­nish.com

5 MOLADH UIB­HIST Julie Fowlis

Best known for the stir­ring song Touch the Sky from Dis­ney’s Brave, this one is Fowlis’ heart­felt ode to her home is­land of North Uist in the Outer He­brides – “The land of my peo­ple, the land of my love” – sung a capella and in Gaelic. A gor­geous pick from Karen Olch. www.juliefowlis.com

4 AE FOND KISS Eddi Reader

We couldn’t do this with­out a bit of Robert Burns. Here the for­mer Fair­ground At­trac­tion singer turns Burns’ clas­sic lover’s farewell into a heartrend­ing song of long­ing and sep­a­ra­tion. Thanks for the shout, Louise Prideaux. www.ed­di­reader.co.uk

3 SCOTS ON THE ROCKS Peat­bog Faeries

Lots of shouts for the Faeries on our Face­book post, and their Celtic rock-funk-soul fu­sion def­i­nitely evokes the Scot­tish land­scape, es­pe­cially when they get the bag­pipes out… www.peat­bog­faeries.com


We could have used more than half of Run­rig’s out­put, so strong is their bond to the Scot­tish land­scape, but this is a fab­u­lously stir­ring and ge­o­graph­i­cally pre­cise ode to Suther­land and the Assynt, with a tinge of sad­ness for lost ways of life. www.run­rig.co.uk

1 I’M GONNA BE (500 MILES) The Pro­claimers

Could our #1 have been any­thing else? Al­to­gether now… www.pro­claimers.co.uk



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