Paul Murton at Abbotsford Literary Sessions


The presenter of BBC Television’s Grand Tours has written a beautiful and very personal book. In The Viking Isles: Travels in Orkney & Shetland, he explores not only these most Nordic parts of Scotland but also weaves in family connections with Norway and his own travels in Scandinavia as a child and young man. The legacy of the Vikings can be found everywhere in the Northern Isles: in archaeological remains, place names, local tradition and folklore. From a sing along with the Shanty Yell Boys to fishing off Muckle Flugga, from sword-dancing with the men of Papa Stour to a Norwegian pub crawl in Lerwick, Paul paints a vivid picture of these islands and their people as he explores their heritage – and his own.

With more than 150 stunning colour photographs and a rich tale to tell, this is a beautiful book.

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Friday 29 Nov 2019
Abbotsford, Melrose, The Scottish Borders. United Kingdom