Living in the Highlands
Lesley Astair, Roddy Martine and Eric Ellington. 204 colour illustrations. Thames & Hudson. Hardback edition 2000.

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The Highlands of Scotland, the northernmost mainland region of the British Isles, which boasts some of the most spectacular, rugged and breathtakingly beautiful scenery in Europe, has always maintained a strong sense of individuality.

This is the land of the Picts, the Gaels and the Vikings, all of whom left behind their imprint on the land. Modern-day Highland living has to deal with the same problems that have always prevailed: remoteness and an unpredictable climate. Yet those who choose to live among the underpopulated mountains, lochs and glens of northern Scotland would never wish to live anywhere else, and have created homes and interiors of distinctive appeal and considerable comfort.

This is a book which reflects the mix of tradition and style in the Highlands: tartans, tweeds and natural materials, sports, excursions and dancing, fishing and stalking, the traditional march of the Lonach Highland Games; a visit to sumptuous Inveraray Castle, home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Argyll; casting for salmon on the River Dee; a Burns Night dinner with the "Toast to the Haggis."

Lesley Astair and Roddy Martine, responsible for the highly successful "Living in Scotland", have joined forces again in presenting another intriguing face of Scotland, and Eric Ellington, who has lived in the highlands, has provided a wealth of stunning and informative photographs.

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