Mapping Scottish Landscape – Edinburgh International Book Festival

The art of cartography/map making dates back to Babylonian times, preserved clay tablets. In the UK landowners employed cartographers to map out their land with the names of tenants and rates.  Today maps are used in a number of ways, from satellite navigation systems to graphic illustrations. This year Edinburgh International Book Festival has introduced a number of writers/books on mapping Scottish landscape, here are some you don’t want to miss!

Map - Edinburgh International Book Festival. Scottish landscape
Map – Edinburgh International Book Festival ©MDHarding

Mapping Scottish landscape – Edinburgh International Book Festival

Scotland Mapping The Islands

Don’t miss the journey of mapping the Scottish Islands. This beautiful book is a full-length study, including some of the historic maps stored in the archives of the National Library of Scotland. A collaboration by three award winning writers Christopher Fleet, Margaret Wilkes and Charles W.J. Withers.

Scotland Mapping The Islands. Scottish landscape
Scotland Mapping The Islands ©MDHarding

Lie of the Land

Jim Carruth and Thomas A Clark two of Scotlands poets recited some of their works, describing the Scottish landscape in a beautifull way, through the creative art of the spoken language – poetry. Enjoy some of these in Killochries, and the newly published Black Cart by Jim Carruth and Farm by the Shore by Thomas A. Clark.

Scottish landscape. Scottish Poetry at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Scottish Poetry at Edinburgh International Book Festival ©MDHarding

The Revoulutory Engineer

The landscape has changed through the years with new land practices and of course, man made structures. Julian Clover introduced us to Thomas Telford, one of Scotland’s greatest Engineers. Thomas Telford born in the Scottish Borders, began his working life as a shepherd, a long way from how we know him today – The Revoulutory Engineer. Transforming the Scottish landscape, with some of the most incredible bridges and the major feet of the Caledonian Canal.  Today you can enjoy this man made wonder, that stretches across 97 km from Inverness to Corpach near Fort William, with 29 locks through the Great Glen.

Scottish landscape. Thomas Telford One of Scotland's Great Engineers
Thomas Telford One of Scotland’s Great Engineers ©MDHarding

Buildings That Shaped Scotland

James Crawford, Alexander McCall, Alistair Moffat and James Robertson have been brought together by Historic Environment Scotland to tell us about 25 buildings that have shaped the country, starting 5,000 years ago with the oldest house in Europe – Knap of Howar on Papa Westry, one of the Orkney Isles. It was a challenging decision the four commented, with so many fascinating and interesting buildings to choose from. The 25 encompass not only the oldest house in Europe Knap of Howar, but also lighthouse’s and much more!

Buildings That Shaped Scotland. Scottish landscape
Buildings That Shaped Scotland ©MDHarding

Small Islands, Big History

John Hunter takes us on a journey around the Scottish Islands, Rum, Eigg, Canna and Muck. Located on the West coast of Scotland, what they lack in size is made up for in stories including clan feuds and more.

Small, Big Islands. Scottish landscape
Small, Big Islands ©MDHarding

Hero of Steel

Erica Wagner told of her long love affair with Washington Roebling, one of the heroes of American engineering who built the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. As important today as when first completed 130 years ago, the iconic structure is as much part of the New York skyline as the Statue of Liberty. Discover the Chief Engineer – The man who built the Brooklyn Bridge.

Scottish landscape. Hero of Steel
Hero of Steel ©MDHarding

Building the British Landscape

You never stop learning at Edinburgh International Book Festival and with so many incredible books, here is one not to be missed. Nicholas Crane – Building the British Landscape takes us back 12,000 years ago with the melting of glaciers and Mesolithic adventurers, to the present day effects on the landscape such as climate change. What will you discover?

Nicholas Crane at Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Nicholas Crane at Edinburgh International Book Festival ©MDHarding

This year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival has already come to a close. However, it’s never too early to start planning your visit to Edinburgh for next year’s event! There are a number of varieties of accommodation in Edinburgh from budget hostels to luxury 5-star hotels. If you’re planning an extended trip to the Scottish Highlands why not hire a car and stay on the outskirts?  The local transport is second to none, with local buses running every few minutes.

See you there! Happy Travels:) x

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