From Seattle to Stornoway

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A twin book launch will take place in Stornoway next week when Marc Calhoun from Seattle in the Western USA, fully 5000 miles away from the Hebrides, will be here to give an illustrated presentation of his two new books: ‘Exploring the Isles of the West – (1) Firth of Clyde to the Small Isles; and (2) Skye and Tiree to the Outer Isles’.

Marc has been fascinated by the landscape and history of the Hebrides ever since seriously beginning to explore the western islands of Scotland over twenty years ago. The two beautifully illustrated volumes cover over fifty islands, and describe the experience of finding ways to set foot on some of the most remote and fascinating places in the world. They are not guidebooks but offer the reader personal glimpses, through landscape and history, of remarkable places seen at a moment in time.

Among the chapters on Lewis and Harris are: Laimishader of Lewis; Dune Tower and the Stone of the Peats; A Night in the Beehive Village of Aird Mhor; A Night in Aird Bheag; A Night in Crola and the Postman’s Stones; The Scholar’s Road to Direascal; The Rope Climb of Eilean Mhuire: The Shiants; On the Seven Hunters: The Flannan Isles;Inside Ronan’s Cell;Return to Rona and Afloat off Sulaisgeir

All are welcome to come along to the County Hotel next Tuesday 12th June at 6pm to meet Marc, see his slide-show, and hear about the new books. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

The books are published by the Islands Book Trust, price £9.99 each plus P and P, and can be obtained from www.theislandsbooktrust.com or by phoning Margaret or Monique on 01851 880737. Copies will be available for sale and signing by the author at the launch.