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Novels set in Scotland

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Sewrainbow Sun 28-Apr-19 22:07:38

Can anyone recommend any novels set in the Scottish highlands?

I'd probably prefer historical over present day but am open to anything really. Had a lovely holiday there last week and want to prolong the feeling smile

cdtaylornats Mon 29-Apr-19 22:44:29

Quintin Jardine - Matthew's Tale

1818, Carluke, Lanarkshire. Mathew Fleming returns home to Scotland following heroic service at the Battle of Waterloo. After seven years away, he is a ghostly presence to those he left behind. But Mathew is ambitious and soon becomes a man of influence in his county and beyond. Yet through all his success, he still hides the loss of his one true love. When a terrible act of murder occurs, Mathew must choose between the rule of blood and the rule of law. And as a man of honour with a warrior's instincts, he embarks on a journey of vengeance that will test every sinew of his faith in mankind...

tripfiction Tue 30-Apr-19 17:59:46

Recently published "The Hunting Party" by Lucy Foley, good storyline (with generally loathsome characters) set in the brooding Highlands - setting will take you straight back!

Otherwise curated books set in the Scottish Highlands here (drill down by genre and more detailed locale): www.tripfiction.com/find-a-book/?location=Scottish+Highlands&btitle=&bauthor=&genre=Genre...

NeverEverAnythingEver Wed 01-May-19 14:04:00

If you fancy something lighter I love the Dandy Gilver series, set in the 30s. catrionamcpherson.com/dandygilver

cdtaylornats Wed 01-May-19 16:32:56

For lighter fiction the Hamish MacBeth series bt M.C. Beaton

Sewrainbow Wed 01-May-19 20:46:39

Ooh thank you everyone haven't been on here lately but am off to library tomorrow, I shall have to write all these down. Always up for trying new genres too. Thanks smile

Drochaid Wed 01-May-19 20:48:11

House between the tides

ppwonar Wed 01-May-19 20:53:12

Outlander definitely not filmed at Castle Fraser!

Lots of good suggestions upthread. Daniela Sacerdoti has a series set in the Highlands/Aberdeenshire. (Fiction)

tomhazard Tue 14-May-19 19:51:52

The Testament Of Gideon Mack by James Robertson. It's about a Scottish minister who doubts the existence of god and has some big themes, really good. It is set in Scotland and there are lots of descriptions of his walks and things.

marilynmonroe Sun 19-May-19 19:31:30

Lillian beckwiths books are v funny and set on a fictional island.

Modern thrillers set in the islands are whilst you sleep by Stephanie Merritt and the ice twins. Can't remember the author.

Denise Mina is very good too.

Janice Galloway is an amazing writer.

Also Jackie Kay.

Alan spence.

Gillespie and I by jane Harris.

For light hearted read Isla dewar.

TooExtraImmatureCheddar Sun 19-May-19 19:36:04

Christopher Brookmyre and Ian Rankin? Not Highlands either, but still Scotland.

Rob Roy, The Bride of Lammermuir etc?

SerenDippitty Mon 03-Jun-19 13:39:03

If you like historical fiction the Jacobite Trilogy, DK Broster. Also second Peter May.

PenCreed Mon 03-Jun-19 22:03:50

A lot of stuff set in the Highlands is utter shite, unfortunately! Some of the recommendations up thread are great though - The Hunting Party and His Bloody Project are both good, especially His Bloody Project.

Iain Banks - The Crow Road and The Steep Approach to Garbadale are both set in the Highlands (ish, Th Crow Road is Argyllshire but is one of my absolute favourite books and it could be the Highlands...).
Elspeth Barker - O Caledonia

I actually hate Neil Gunn, but it's definitely Highland and I know several people who love him. Despite having done Sunset Song in school, I do love that and would recommend it (but not so much the rest of A Scots Quair).

PenCreed Mon 03-Jun-19 22:06:05

And if you want Scotland generally, rather than just the Highlands, then the Lymond Chronicles kick off in the Borders. They're historical fiction by Dorothy Dunnett and the first one is The Game of Kings. Francis Crawford of Lymond is one of my big fictional crushes wink.

SingingSands Mon 03-Jun-19 22:15:30

I second @PenCreed with The Crow Road. My favourite novel, and the tv adaptation was superb.

Not Highlands, but I've just finished "The Way of All Flesh" by Ambrose Parry, which was set in 1847 Edinburgh and I rattled through it.

PenCreed Mon 03-Jun-19 22:23:30

I can second @SingingSands with The Way of All Flesh, and if you like medical historical crime novels, then Kaite Welsh's two feminist ones are also very good - The Wages of Sin and The Unquiet Heart. 1890s Edinburgh, with female medical students.

pisspawpatrol Tue 04-Jun-19 16:15:27

Island of Wings by Karin Altenberg is set on a scottish island called St Kilda in the 19th century. It's quite a haunting story really, St Kilda is an island now abandoned due to how inhabitable it is.

pisspawpatrol Tue 04-Jun-19 16:18:44

That should say uninhabitable.

missdrummer Wed 05-Jun-19 21:52:15

Willow and the Fairy Glen by Gillie Kerr is set in the Highlands

Ursaminor Wed 12-Jun-19 00:17:53

The Rhanna series by Christine Marion Fraser. Not great literature but very readable - about the lives of the inhabitants of Rhanna, a fictional Hebridean island and in particular the torrid love story of Shona and Niall. Haven't read these books for many years, but I do remember a time when I was absolutely hooked on them.

bluebluezoo Wed 12-Jun-19 00:21:14

Bear in mind outlander is the American title. The first book in the series is called Cross stitch in the UK.

mrsdolittle Fri 14-Jun-19 22:44:47

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley is a lovely book. Historical fiction (About Jacobite rebellion) set in Aberdeenshire.

doodlejump1980 Fri 14-Jun-19 22:47:49

Another vote for the Ann Cleaves Shetland series of books. Especially as it was recently on tv too.

Twiggywinkle13 Fri 14-Jun-19 22:56:32

Crime fiction set in the Highlands - In the shadow of the Hill and the next instalment, Madness Lies by Helen Forbes.

SummerPlace Fri 14-Jun-19 23:08:24

Stuart MacBride

AdaColeman Sat 15-Jun-19 00:14:34

Kidnapped and Catriona by R L Stevenson
Fire & Faith by Steven Veerapen
The Jewel by Catherine Czerkawska

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