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The Cairngorms

by Patrick Baker

£9.99

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ISBN: 9781780276465
Published: 07 May 2020
Format: Paperback
Extent: 176
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Birlinn
Categories:
History / Travel
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About the Book

Cairngorms: A Secret History is a series of journeys exploring barely known human and natural stories of the Cairngorm Mountains. It looks at a unique British landscape, its last great wilderness, with new eyes. History combines with travelogue in a vivid account of this elemental scenery. There have been rare human incursions into the Cairngorm plateau, and Patrick Baker tracks them down. He traces elusive wildlife and relives ghostly sightings on the summit of Ben Macdui. From the search for a long-forgotten climbing shelter and the locating of ancient gem mines, to the discovery of skeletal aircraft remains and the hunt for a mysterious nineteenth-century aristocratic settlement, he seeks out the unlikeliest and most interesting of features in places far off the beaten track. The cultural and human impact of this stunning landscape and reflections on the history of mountaineering are the threads which bind this compelling narrative together.

The Author

Patrick Baker

Patrick Baker studied Business, Finance and Economics at the University of East Anglia and gained a postgraduate qualification in Publishing from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. He worked in the publishing industry for many years editing and producing academic journals and is currently a commercial writer and content producer. A keen outdoor enthusiast, he has walked and climbed throughout Scotland and Europe. His hillwalking guide book Walking in the Ochils, Campsie Fells and Lomond Hills was published in 2006 and he is the author of The Cairngorms: A Secret History, published by Birlinn in 2014. Follow him on Twitter @WildHistorian1.

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