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Tales of the Morar Highlands

Birlinn Origin, Local History
Publication Date
09 May 2019
Available for Sale
Birlinn Ltd
32pp b/w plates

Tales of the Morar Highlands

by Alasdair Roberts and M. E. M. Donaldson - Find out more about the author

Beyond Fort William, on the road to the Isles, lies Morar, the 'Highlands of the Highlands' and centre of the 'Rough Bounds', that wild, desolate, but uniquely beautiful part of Scotland that was once the homeland of the Clan Macdonald of Clanranald, Lords of the Isles. Inspired by bards, writers and images of the past, Alasdair Roberts has collected and revitalised a huge number of traditional tales which transport the reader to the heart of this remote and beguiling landscape.

Tales of the Morar Highlands is a book packed with extraordinary incident and remarkable characters, from mysterious loch monsters and fugitive princes to lords, priests and smugglers, as well as the ordinary people who have made this fascinating part of Scotland their home for thousands of years.

Alasdair Roberts has worked extensively in Gaelic education, history and research. He studied history at Edinburgh University and was a lecturer in teacher training at the Northern College in Aberdeen. Now retired, he lives with his wife beside Loch Morar.

M.E.M. Donaldson is one of the best known and most evocative photographers of the West Coast of Scotland, and was particularly associated with Moidart and Morar in the 1920s.