ribbon of wildness bookSpeaking to a mate recently, he mentioned a book he was reading that sounded really interesting.  If you’re a seasoned hill walker/ munro-bagger or perhaps someone just looking for a big challenge then this book might provide the inspiration you need.

Ribbon of Wildness– Discovering the Watershed of Scotland’ provides a mix of narrative which will appeal to all sorts from the armchair reader to the outdoor enthusiast, the social or environmental historian to the avid mountaineer, and others.  It tells us about the geographic Watershed of Scotland (the imaginary line that splits Scotland in two and where water either runs to the east or the west) for the first time, and then dmap showing Scotland's watershed routeescribes how it forms the absolute central place in our country.  It provides evidence to support the idea of continuous wildness, and explores how we have interacted with this hostile habitat over a long period of time.

The meaning of hill names is explored, literary references picked up along the way, the weather is a recurrent theme (unsurprisingly given it’s Scotland we’re talking about), and all of the designated areas identified; all supporting the notion of wildness and the importance of biodiversity.

I reckon this will be a great read and I’m off to buy a copy asap.  If you’ve read it or are interested in reading it, why not let us know what you think too?  I’m already trying to think up how I can wrangle 2 months away from work and the family to attempt the journey!!

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