Shortlisted for Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature 2020. There are strange relics hidden across Scotland’s landscape – forgotten places, touchstones to incredible stories, past lives which still resonate. Yet, why are so many of these ‘wild histories’ unnoticed, overlooked? What can they tell us about our own modern identity?
From the high mountain passes of an ancient droving route to a desolate moorland graveyard, from uninhabited post-industrial islands, clearance villages to caves explored by early climbers & the mysterious strongholds of Christian missionaries, Patrick Baker makes a series of journeys on foot & by paddle. Along the way, encounters Neolithic settlements, bizarre World War 2 structures, evidence of illicit whisky production, sacred wells & Viking burial grounds.
Combining a rich fusion of travelogue & historical narrative, threads themes of geology, natural & social history, literature, industry. Discovers connections between people & places more powerful than can be imagined.