About the Book
The great travellers of the 17th century – Martin, Penant, Johnson et al – used the word ‘curiosity’ to mean many different things. They
labelled as ‘curiosities’ people, plants, legends, historical facts and geological certainties. This book follows their example in a 21st century
journey around Argyll and its islands.
It is difficult to find an area of Argyll which is not curious in some way: archaeology, geography, geology and genealogy have all served to mark
out this western fringe of Scotland as unique. Discarding those curiosities which it is all too easy to find on any journey through the county,
Marian Pallister has looked extensively into places, people and events which are curiously layered, and has created a book that is overflowing
with enchanting ‘curiosities’ and local histories.
Marian Pallister has worked as a feature writer and commentator covering social issues in Scotland and round the world, particularly war zones. She previously taught journalism at Napier University and is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books including Cruachan: The Hollow Mountain, The Crinan Canal and Not a Plack the Richer.