Alastair Scott is a travel writer, novelist, photographer and sailor. He was born in Edinburgh in 1954 and moved to Elgin a few years later. His love of the outdoors developed on walks with his father, and photography became a passion after completing “two useless degrees” at Stirling University. In 1978 he set off with camera and kilt on a five-year journey around the world, working and hitchhiking. On his return he started a photographic library, which he continues to run, and began writing a trilogy about his adventures.
Scot Free (‘How gratifying it is to welcome a young Scotsman as a major new travel writer…’ wrote the Glasgow Herald) was published in 1986, closely followed by A Scot Goes South and A Scot Returns. In 1987 he took a dog team across Alaska to the Bering Sea and wrote Tracks Across Alaska which was published on both sides of the Atlantic.
Feeling it was time to take a closer look at his homeland, Scott travelled Scotland in 1993 and Native Stranger was the result. Over the next decade he continued his travels, did odd assignments for radio and papers, wrote a guidebook, learned to sail and had his first novel published. Stuffed Lives is a satirical romp set in the Highlands. In 2003 he sailed solo round Ireland and his account of this journey, Salt and Emerald, is to be published in 2008. He is currently working on a new book about The Small Isles, and lives on the Isle of Skye with his wife Sheena.