From its far flung islands and isolated highlands to its lowlands and stretching coastlines, Scotland is truly a land of unbeatable scenery and incredible contrasts. The striking Scottish landscape is testimony to the power and strength of nature. Its hundreds of islands are the result of volcanic activity, and its towering mountain ranges and glassy lochs were created during the ice ages. Countless millennia of wave-action continues to pound its white sand beaches, whilst rushing rivers have carved themselves a passage to the oceans. Human history too is etched on the Scottish landscape. The country is adorned with castles and cairns, fishing villages and mighty bridges, evidence of the kings, queens and hard-working people who have shaped this great land.
The Secrets of Scotland takes a look at this remarkable place through Dennis Hardley’s magnificent photos. The journey begins in the Western Isles, their remote beauty brilliantly captured. Next are the Highlands, with soaring crags and wooded glens. The Inner Islands follow with their safe harbours and sandy beaches. Take a fleeting glimpse of the Grampians before arriving at Glasgow and Edinburgh and marvelling in the diversity of their cultural heritage and architectural wonders. Finish your journey by savouring the undulating prettiness of southwest Scotland and the Borders.
Exploring familiar sights and hidden gems, and accompanied by insightful text, The Secrets of Scotland will open your eyes to one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world.
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About the Author
Michael Kerrigan (author) lives in Edinburgh, where he writes regularly for the Scotsman newspaper. He is a book reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian, London. As author, he has published extensively on both British and world history and prehistory. He has been a contributor to Flame Tree’s reference companions World History and Irish History as well as to the Times Encyclopaedia of World Religion (2002). Important works on travel include, as editor, the Phaidon Cultural Guides series; he is also author of Who Lies Where: A Guide to Famous Graves (1995), and Lewis and Clark: Blazing a Trail Across the American West (2004).
Dennis Hardley (photographer) was born in Blitzsieged Liverpool in 1940, where he spent his teenage years doing odd jobs for the Beatles before becoming a Concorde engineer. Dennis first became a photographer as an RAF civilian in 1972, supplying pictures to The Scots Magazine. In 1973, he moved to Scotland with his family and established himself as a professional photographer. He has since driven over a million miles in his pursuit of photographing the Scottish landscape.