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Maps, books and guides

Maps, guide books and information about the Outer Hebrides

If you’re booking a holiday with us we’ll supply a free copy of the Red Books map detailed below, the other three may be purchased directly from us at published price (postage free) – just ask your holiday advisor when booking.

Western Isles guide books and maps available direct when you book a holiday with us.

western-isles-guide-book-taitThe Western Isles Guide Book Charles Tait £12.95. 224 pages, paperback. An old favourite, brought up to date in 2012. Very comprehensive, with lots of photos, excerpts from OS maps, notes about history, environment, wildlife and more. outer-hebrides-map-red-bookOuter Hebrides Leisure and Tourist Map. Scale 1:200,000 (3.16 miles to the inch). Philip’s Red books £4.99. One copy is supplied free for every holiday party booked. Initially this looks like a poor relation to an OS map, but it’s not attempting to replace them.  It’s not detailed enough for serious walking, but we think it’s brilliant for car or bike touring, as there’s plenty of road detail and a multitude of points of interest are marked – many of which few local residents would even know about. It soon becomes clear that the use of dual English/Gaelic place names where it’s appropriate and Gaelic place names where that’s how they’re signposted is rather useful.

You’ll find most of the following at Amazon.co.uk or, better still, take a browse in local shops when you are here and support our economy.  Prices shown are publisher’s and you may find the books for less, if you shop around.

The Baltic bookshop in Stornoway normally has an excellent range of both guides, historical and ‘souvenir’ books.

Peter May’s Lewis Trilogy

A series of three bestselling novels by the celebrated author, Peter May, who lived on Lewis for an extended period while working on a popular TV series set here.  Prices vary from supplier to supplier.

The Blackhouse: Book One of the Lewis Trilogy
The Lewis Man: Book Two of the Lewis Trilogy
The Chessmen: Book Three of the Lewis Trilogy

Hebrides, by Peter May and David Wilson (Photographer)

A journey through the scenery of the Outer Hebrides with Peter May illustrated by David Wilson.

Walks Western Isles: Luke Williams: £3.50,  40 pages

For the casual walker who wants to see some of the local beauty.  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.

The Outer Hebrides: Malcolm MacGregor: £25.00, 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.

Lewis and Harris: Francis Thompson: £7.99, 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 valuable companion.

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.