A robust but thoughtful introduction to the human and natural history of one of Britain's most isolated communities. The author has lived in Colonsay since 1978 and records numerous traditions and historic sites for the first time. In addition to a brief social history of each farm, all major and minor monuments are described, together with a detailed account of a suggested route for walkers. Read a chapter first, then walk it next day.
First published, July 2010 Independent review
The book includes introductory chapters dealing with the Prehistory of Colonsay, a brief account of Historic times and an introduction to the Flora and Fauna.
It then moves on to ten chapters which describe each individual district of the island, including an account of its population and social history and details of all sites of historic or curiosity interest. Each of these chapters has an associated map and informative directions for independent exploration. Wherever possible, the suggested routes are arranged so that one can abbreviate them if desired.
In addition, there are brief notes on a suggested walk in Colonsay's "Massif Central" plus a useful bibliography.
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