A High and Lonely Place
240 × 170mm
24 pages of colour photographs
In the nine years since it was first published, A High and Lonely Place has become a classic of Scottish nature writing and of the literature of our mountains. It has also become a much-quoted source of inspiration to those who champion the cause of our wild places in general and the Cairngorms in particular. Jim Crumley marries a poet's instincts to an uncompromising passion for the Cairngorm's arctic character, and for those wildlife tribes which thrive there.
This is the work of a man who has known and loved and grown intimate with the Cairngorms over more than thirty years. Crumley marks nature's rhythms with thoughtful and often delightful observations of bird and beast, flower and landscape. In the process he strives for a purer empathy with the wilds, seeks out the nourishing bond of man and landscape. But ultimately, the book asserts that the Cairngorms are nature's place. Crumley proposes a radical solution to safeguard the mountains from a threatening array of forces ranged against them, and in a memorable conclusion, invokes what Seton Gordon called 'the spirit of the high and lonely places'.
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