Walks Western Isles: Luke Williams: £2.99, 40 pages
The best guide I've found
and tried out for the casual walker who wants to get away from the car,
but perhaps not yomp over every crocodile infested swamp. A lot
of the 34 walks are within the average person's capability and the
directions/line illustrations are easy to follow.
An Eye on the Hebrides: Mairi Hedderwick: £10.99, 128 pages, paperback.
A good fun read with line drawings that capture the essence of the area. One of my favourites.
The Outer Hebrides: Malcolm MacGregor: £14.99, 112 pages, hardcover.
A mix of history,
geography and photography - a good way to identify some striking
viewpoints from which to take your own images.
Riddoch on the Outer Hebrides: £12.99, 192 pages, paperback.
I enjoyed this journal of
Lesley's trip through the Hebrides. It's more about the people
she met and talked with than the journey (by cycle) itself, so don't
expect it to be a guide book or a treatise on Hebridean cycling.
Lewis and Harris: Francis Thompson: £6.99, 112 pages, paperback. Also a similar companion book, Uists and Barra.
A guide to the islands'
heritage, landscape, climate, flora and fauna. Decent size colour
photos and a reasonable amount of detail in the text. Perhaps
you'll find it less comprehensive than the Tait guide, but still a
Callanish and Other Megalithic Sites of the Outer Hebrides: Gerald Ponting: £5.99, 64 pages, paperback.
From 1974 till 1984,
Ponting lived on the Isle of Lewis, near the village of Callanish and
he's an acknowledged expert on the standing stones of Callanish. If
there can be an expert on a subject for which there is possibly less
fact than fiction. Nobody really knows the truth about the
stones, but many people convince themselves they do.
Loud Halo: Lillian Beckwith (autobiographical - perhaps with a little
fiction thrown in) paperback - out of print, but worth hunting for at
the charity shop
My all time favourite
Hebridean read, which alternates between occasions that were hilarious,
happy, sad, fascinating, mysterious and more. The author
describes her days living on a croft - probably in the 1960s, the
characters and the way of life at that time.