Lochaber - A Historical Guide, by Paula Martin

Lochaber - A Historical Guide, by Paula Martin

Lochaber - A Historical Guide, by Paula Martin

Book published by Birlinn in 2005, 211 pages. Paperback (N3718)

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Lochaber is a sparsely-populated area, remote but romantic, centred on Fort William in the Highlands of Scotland. It contains no mediaeval burgh, no major monastic site, and for its size, not even many castles. However, it does include the highest mountain in Great Britain (Ben Nevis), the deepest lake in Western Europe (Loch Morar) and the most westerly point of the British mainland (Ardnamurchan Point), and Daniel Defoe described it as a 'mountainous barren and frightful country ...full of hideous desert mountains and unpassable'.

Much of the land surface is mountain or bog, and its coastline is indented by long sea lochs, while the interior contains some very large fresh water lochs, the longest of which are Loch Shiel, at 17 miles, and Loch Arkaig at 12 miles. Much of the scattered population of Lochaber has always lived close to its long and sheltered coastline, and until the last 200 years most communication was by water. One local minister in the 1790s claimed, probably correctly, that Tahiti and other Pacific islands were better surveyed than parts of the west coast of Scotland!

Only a few intrepid travellers came here before the nineteenth century, when roads, steam-boats and then the railway rapidly opened up the area to tourism. Attempts to introduce new industries during the twentieth century had mixed success, but the population, having declined for almost two centuries, has now stabilised.

This fascinating book is the first detailed historical and archaeological guide to this beautiful and little-known part of Scotland, and will delight anyone who has an interest in the area....

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