LOCHS of Scotland, the comprehensive guide to Scotland’s most fabulous inland and sea lochs, does exactly what it says on the cover.
It takes readers from Loch Ken in the south to Loch Eriboll in the north, introducing them to 50 Scottish lochs and lochans, tidal and inland, from the coast to the mountains.
It’s estimated that there are at least 31,460 lochs in Scotland and the author has chosen carefully, including those that are accessible, with stunning scenery and that have a wide variety of other interests, from clan warfare, to wildlife, to castles, to waterfalls and much else.
With a chapter for each loch, readers will find maps, information on local facilities, plentiful photographs and descriptions of the landscape, wildlife and history.
Included for each loch is a note on distances, the OS 1:50,000 sheet numbers and, where relevant, details of the tides, the sea area (for the shipping forecast) and the nearest rescue services.
Author Stuart Fisher is editor of Canoeist magazine, writing monthly guides to the waterways for many years, always researched from the water. He has written books about the canals, rivers and coastline of Britain.
This book would make a great Christmas (or anytime) gift as the format makes it easy to dip into whenever you wish. It is a great guide for boaters, walkers and anyone with an interest in Scotland’s landscapes. Read it for fun and facts or for planning trips. The curious will discover, among a wealth of detail, where the Battle of the Shirts was fought, where to see pillow lava and where to find a choice of 400 whiskies.
Lochs of Scotland by Stuart Fisher is published by Bloomsbury (paperback, 208 pages, £18.99; also available as an ebook).