Some Highland literature.....

The novels of the acclaimed "Scottish Renaissance" novelist and playwright  Neil Gunn (who lived in Inverness for much of his adult life) provide a potent insight into Highland society and culture.  'The Silver Darlings' (1941) is a powerful and evocative account of the herring wars which followed the Highland Clearances. 'Butcher's Broom' (1934) also focuses on the Clearances.  'Sun Circle' (1933) explores the Viking invasion of Scotland in the 9th century.  'Morning Tide' (1931) is described as an idyll of a Highland childhood.  

Locally Produced Guides

If visiting Inverness and Loch Ness, a new book available on Kindle, Nook, IStore, Adobe Digitial Editions as well as hard copy, has recently been published. It has been written by a local resident. It can be read free of charge at and that also lists suppliers.

Travel Pictorial - Country or Natural Wonder

Always browse any or all Travel Pictorial books about a country, region or a natural wonder of the world . You will find excellent photography to view at leisure. Check out any bookstore or library ( lending or reference ).

Travel Guide(s) - Country, Region or City

Always glance through any Travel Guide for the region you are planning to visit. You will always find some nugget of useful information. The layout and content will vary with the publisher. Every traveller should make it a priority to browse one or all of the guides listed below. It will be a great education to browse the layout and view the excellent photography. You decide which of the travel guide(s)  you like the best.

  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide(s)
  • Insight / Discovery Channel Travel Guide(s)
  • The Rough Guide(s)
  • Lonely Planet Guide(s)
  • Footprint Guide(s)
  • AA Explorer, AA Key or AA Spiral Guide(s)
  • Note: You will find about thirteen ( 13+ ) other publishing companies'  travel guides in bookstores.  

Travel Books - Children or Junior

Browse the children's or junior section of your local library for travel and geography guides. You will find a variety of guides to countries, regions or natural wonders of the world. The majority of these guides will be less than fifty pages in length. They will contain an excellent overview of a country etc. They are an excellent introduction to travel for a novice traveller.

Travel DVD or Video Viewing

  • These are a few ideas for finding Travel DVDs in your local area.

  • Local Video Rental Store
  • Local Library - Travel Video or DVD
  • Any large music store will have a range of travel DVDs or  Videos on sale.
  • Travel Video Store has an excellent internet site.
  • BBC Video series website section
  • Pilot Travel Guide series 
  • National  Geographic Travel DVD or Video Series
  • Escorted Tour Companies  DVD or Videos  e.g. Rick Steves' 
  • National Tourist Bureaus MAY have a introduction Video or DVD on offer  or Photo Gallery on their Internet site