A His­tory of Scot­land’s Land­scapes

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BY FIONA WAT­SON WITH PIERS DIXON HIS­TORIC EN­VI­RON­MENT SCOT­LAND £30.00

From Portma­homack to Penicuik and Gal­loway to Glas­gow, there is no Scot­tish stone left un­turned in A His­tory of Scot­land’s Land­scapes.

Seek­ing to de­code Scot­land’s city and ru­ral land­scapes, Wat­son and Dixon show us how to ‘read’ the en­vi­ron­ment around us. As they take us through the his­tory of Scot­land’s hills, lochs, roads and build­ings, the reader is taught how to iden­tify his­toric fea­tures in the mod­ern land­scape.

From the out­set we are told that ‘foot­prints of the past are to be found al­most ev­ery­where,’ and the authors cer­tainly seek to prove this. Ex­plor­ing a wide range of lo­ca­tions they ex­plain the im­mense depth of his­tory that lies be­neath our feet.

The book is in­ter­spersed with bird’s-eye im­ages, age-old maps and his­toric pho­to­graphs that make it an en­joy­able, colour­ful read.

Whether you’d like to learn more about the coun­try’s his­tory, or are just look­ing for a nice book to ac­com­pany a cup of tea, no Scot­tish cof­fee ta­ble is com­plete with­out this beau­ti­fully pre­sented book.

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