TRY OUR NEW APP: SCOTLAND BY-THE-BOOK


Scotland by-the-Book is the NEW app for the traveller, staycationer or armchair wanderer which, once tried, you will want at your fingertips at all times.

It brings books on history, geology, mapping, food and drink, fiction, travel, poetry, politics and more to your phone and desktop – for readers at home and around the globe with an interest in Scotland.

The app includes an interactive map of Scotland featuring the best books and writers, bookshops and literary events this country has to offer. It is designed for people exploring the country and looking for books connected to a specific area – for those exploring their genealogy perhaps, planning a trip, studying – or simply with an interest in writing on and from that area of the country.

This is our latest project to embrace innovative tools that will keep us (and you) bang up to date.

Give it a try, we think you’ll love it!

Check out the video below for our handy guide to using the app. Click here to explore Scotland by-the-Book on your desktop.



How it Works

  • Browse Scotland by region, explore books tied to specific landmarks and find out more about each area.
  • Explore the map to discover book recommendations, bookshops to visit and festivals to attend.
  • Within a region, use the filter buttons to hone your search.
  • Add specific books, shops and events to your favourites so you can return to them any time.
  • Visit the directory to view our full list of books, bookshops, and events.
  • Click on individual pins to find out more information, buy books online, download ebooks and get directions to specific shops and festival venues.

Books are waiting here to inspire and inform the thoughtful explorer, the traveller who wants to scratch beneath the surface – you!


For readers at home and around the globe with an interest in Scotland.

How the app looks on your phone

How the app looks on your desktop

Here to inspire and inform the thoughtful explorer.


You can use the app either on your desktop or on your phone. Head over to www.scotlandbythebook.birlinn.co.uk or download from the App Store or Google Play, and start your journey today!


‘This is very good indeed’

Alexander McCall Smith

‘With authors and books related to every region of the country, the app spotlights the full range of Scottish writing, bookstores and literary festivals, allowing users to seek out literary locations close to their local area or destination’

The National

‘It looks great! Well done’

Alistair Moffat

‘This new Scotland-by-the-book app is great! Excellent work, and I look forward to exploring further’

Samual Tongue, Scottish Poetry Library

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  • Hardback | Pub: 03 Aug 2023
    £18.99

    Acclaimed historian Alistair Moffat sets off in the footsteps of the Highland clans and their definitive conflicts. In twelve journeys he explores places of conflict, recreating as he walks the tumult of battle. As he recounts the military prowess…

  • Paperback | Pub: 01 Aug 2016
    £12.99

    St Kilda is the most romantic and most romanticised group of islands in Europe. Soaring out of the North Atlantic Ocean like Atlantis come back to life, the islands have captured the imagination of the outside world for hundreds of years. Their…

  • Paperback | Pub: 07 Jul 2022
    £8.99

    ‘Coffin roads’ along which bodies were carried for burial are a marked feature of the landscape of the Scottish Highlands and islands – many are now popular walking and cycling routes. This book journeys along eight coffin roads to…

  • Paperback | Pub: 03 Aug 2023
    £9.99

    This is the extraordinary story of how salt fish from Shetland became one of the staple foods of Europe, powered an economic boom and inspired artists, writers and musicians. It ranges from the wild waters of the North Atlantic, the ice-filled…

  • Paperback | Pub: 06 Jun 2016
    £14.99

    The Highland Clearances stands out as one of the most emotive chapters in the history of Scotland. This book traces the origins of the Clearances from the eighteenth century to their culmination in the crofting legislation of the 1880s. In…

  • Paperback | Pub: 29 Jan 2015
    £8.99

    When the body of a young woman is washed up on an idyllic beach on the west coast of Scotland, D.C.I. Jim Daley is despatched from Glasgow to lead the investigation. Far from home, and his troubled marriage, it seems that Daley’s biggest obstacle…

  • Paperback | Pub: 26 Jun 2013
    £6.99

    In the village of Tobermory, on the Scottish island of Mull, lives a very special ginger cat. But once upon a time he didn’t think he was special at all – not like the woolly cats of Loch Ba, the singing cats of Staffa, or the fishing…

  • Paperback | Pub: 06 Oct 2022
    £7.99

    A powerfully poignant tale of one of the most turbulent moments in Scotland’s history: the North Berwick Witch Trials. IT’S THE 4TH OF DECEMBER 1591. On this, the last night of her life, in a prison cell several floors below Edinburgh’s…

  • E-Book | Pub: 22 Sep 2015
    £9.99

    In this book, Alistair Moffat brings vividly to life the story of this great nation, from the dawn of prehistory through to the twenty-first century. Ambitious, richly detailed and highly readable, Scotland: A History From Earliest Times skilfully…

  • Hardback | Pub: 19 Oct 2023
    £35.00

    Maps can tell much about the story of a place that traditional histories fail to communicate. This is particularly true of Edinburgh, one of the most visually stunning cities in the world and a place rich in historical and cultural associations….

  • Paperback | Pub: 19 Oct 2023
    £9.99

    Defining what is hidden in a city is not easy. In some cases, buildings are not open to public view, well off the beaten track, or are simply forgotten amidst the rapidly changing environment of a fast growing city. In other cases, we are looking at…

  • Paperback | Pub: 20 Jul 2023
    £20.00

    The medieval earldoms of Orkney and Caithness were positioned between two worlds, the Norwegian and the Scottish. They were a maritime lordship divided, or united, by the turbulent waters of the Pentland Firth. This unlikely combination of island…

  • Hardback | Pub: 19 Oct 2023
    £25.00

    Liz Lochhead is one of the country’s leading poets. Her work has paved the way and inspired some of the most inspirational voices writing in Scotland today, including Ali Smith, Kathleen Jamie, Jackie Kay and Carol Ann Duffy. In A Handsel, the…

Time to start exploring.