Ronald Turnbull has quickly established himself as one of the UK's leading outdoor writers. In 1999 his book Coast to Coast won the Outdoor Writers' Guild prize for guide books, while Long Days in Lakeland was highly commended in the Lake District Book of the Year contest.
In Across Scotland On Foot, Turnbull, a self-confessed Munro-bagger and keen hill runner, has written a highly individual and humorous account of his crossings of Scotland. He describes in detail a leisurely 18-day journey from Stonehaven to the Isle of Skye, a fast trip across the Galloway Peninsular, and a 3-day route in the Northern Highlands between Evanton and Poolewe. Other routes such as Not the Southern Upland Way, a crossing of Mull, the Wide Way and the author's own version of the Great Outdoor Challenge are discussed, but more briefly described.
Follow in Turnbull's footsteps and chances are 'you'll breathe the clean heather air of dawn, see the cloud suddenly rise, and wet corries; you’ll cross a ridge and find half of Scotland before you; you’ll descend at evening to remote bothies or arrive at hospitable Highland inns with a fire in the bar. You will come to know Scotland with your feet.'
WHAT THE PRESS SAID:
'An unusual, entertaining mixture of route description, personal anecdote and practical advice, and one of the most enjoyable books I’ve come across in a while....The author writes well and the stories are amusing and inspiring...' Chris Townsend, TGO
'This book contains all you need to know if you want to begin your project (a coast to coast across Scotland)' Alex Jiggins Trail magazine
'It's unusual - and refreshing -to encounter someone both super-fit and well-matured in hill sense... a subjective and entertaining account... followed by hard factual breakdown of routes... he can spin the odd cracking phrase... well worth seeking out.' Dave Hewitt, The Angry Corrie
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Grey Stone Books (Oct 1994)