WALKING ON JURA, ISLAY AND COLONSAY: 15 Walks in the Southern Hebrides

Jura, Islay and Colo#11893CPeter Edwards (£14.95, Cicerone)

If you prefer the company of eagles, otters and red deer to people, then head to the Southern Hebrides, suggests Peter Edwards. This is remote, challenging walking country, and as good as anywhere you can expect to find in Scotland, with sublime coastal landscapes, white sandy bays and turquoise waters teeming with wildlife. Often overlooked by walkers, the west coast of Jura, for example,is as pristine an area of natural wilderness as can be found anywhere in Europe. Islay, on the other hand, is famous for its birdlife, historical sites and distilleries, while Colonsay, with is own tranquil character, echoes much of the natural splendour of its neighbours. This, says the author, is some of the finest wilderness walking in the British Isles, and he proves it by tempting you with 15 walks and treks across Jura, Scarba, Islay and Colonsay and, if that is not enough, suggestions for other islands. Also included for the backpacker is a five-day Jura west coast walk. You will also find detailed information on cultural and natural history, plus OS mapping and some inspirational photography.