ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: May 10, 2018
The Outer Hebrides: Landscapes in Stone
By (author) Alan McKirdy
The remote archipelago which lies off the north-west coast of Scotland boasts a huge range of contrasting and spectacular land- andseascapes. Lewis is austere, with a featureless peatland core, bounded by dramatic sea cliffs, whilst neighbouring Harris is extraordinarilyrugged but fringed with stunning unspoilt beaches. The Uists are characterised by gentle fertile machair lands, and Barra has a more brutallandscape carved from ancient gnarled rock. But these islands have one thing in common: they were all built from the most ancient rocks inBritain – Lewisian gneiss, which reaches back almost to the beginning of geological time.In this book Alan McKirdy explores these islands, together with the volcanic rocks that build the outposts of Rockall, St Kilda and the Shiants,tracing their extraordinary journey through time and across the globe.
Alan McKirdy has helped to promote the study of environmental geology in Scotland. Before his retirement he was Head of Knowledge andInformation Management at Scottish Natural Heritage. He is now a freelance writer and regularly gives talks at book festivals and other events.