Gunn described this book as the "simple record of a holiday
in a boat" but it is much more than that. This voyage marks
the significant turning point in the career of one of Scotland's
most distinguished twentieth-century authors, the point at which
he made his decision to become a full-time writer. He resigned
his post in the Civil Service, sold his house, bought a boat and
set off. The voyage was undertaken in the 1930s, through the islands
of the Inner Hebrides, and it is a voyage of discovery - of the
elemental power of the sea, of the beauty of the islands and of
the traditions and legends of those who live in them, and of the
Celtic and Norse civilisations that left their marks.
The writing in this book skilfully blends myth with reality, past
with present and powerful observations with gentle humour.