Review: A History of Scotland’s Landscapes

What’s the story?

Seeking to decode Scotland’s city and rural landscapes, Fiona Watson and Piers Dixon show us how to ‘read’ the environment around us. As they take us through the history of Scotland’s hills, lochs, roads and buildings, the reader is taught how identify historic features in the modern landscape.


From the outset we are told that ‘footprints of the past are to be found almost everywhere’, and Watson and Dixon certainly seek to prove this: exploring a wide range of locations they explain the immense depth of history that lies beneath our feet.


Whether you’d like to learn more about the country’s history, or are just looking for a nice book to accompany a cup of tea, no Scottish coffee table is complete without this beautifully presented book.

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A History of Scotland’s Landscapes


From Portmahomack to Penicuik, Galloway to Glasgow, there is no Scottish stone left unturned in Fiona Watson and Piers Dixon’s A History of Scotland’s Landscapes. The book is interspersed with beautiful bird’s-eye images, age-old maps and old photographs that make it an enjoyable, colourful read.

A History of Scotland’s Landscapes, by Fiona Watson with Piers Dixon, published by Historic Environment Scotland, £30.

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