Alastair Scott is a travel writer based on the Isle of Skye. His many books include Scot Free- A Journey from the Arctic to New Mexico (John Murray, 1986), Tracks Across Alaska (John Murray, 1990) and Top Ten Scotland (Dorling Kindersley, 1999). Native Stranger – A Journey in Familiar and Foreign Scotland (Little, Brown, 1995) was made into a three-part series for BBC Scotland in 1997.
In 2004 he published his first novel, Stuffed Lives, with The Vital Spark (Neil Wilson Publishing)
Books by Alastair Scott
Eccentric Wealth: The Bulloughs of Rum
The Isle of Rum, long known as the ‘forbidden island’, is the most dramatic and spectacular of the Scottish Hebrides. In this book Alastair Scott uncovers the life of Lancashire industrialist Sir George Bullough and explores his family’s ownership of a private ‘kingdom’, particularly the building of Kinloch Castle, the most intact preserve of Edwardian high-living to be found in Britain.
Widely researched and based on new information, Eccentric Wealth offers a fascinating insight into the life and times of one of the richest men of his age who could indulge the most far-fetched of whims, and investigates the Bullough myths and scandals which continue to make extraordinary reading more than seventy years after Sir George’s death.
Birlinn, May 2011
Salt and Emerald: A (Hesitant) Solo Voyage Round Ireland
Alastair Scott, world-traveller by backpack, bicycle and dogsled, takes to the water on a voyage of discovery round Ireland. Despite as assortment of yachting experience as a passenger, he sets off into some of the most challenging waters of Europe with just sixty miles of solo skippering to his name, and one successfully laid (and recovered) anchor. Over the next 1,700 miles he has to confront his fear of this temperamental ally – the sea – in tidal sluices, sandbars, the Atlantic swell of the exposed west coast and an injurious summer storm which leaves him, literally, singlehanded. Yet this book is much more than a personal adventure, it penetrates deep into people and place, Exercising a practised eye for the eccentric and wonderful, Alastair Scott explores Ireland past and present, and meets everyone from Fungi the dolphin and Dervla Murphy to pilgrims on the summit of Croagh Patrick.
Glen Murray Publishing
Alastair Scott is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny – firstname.lastname@example.org