Poacher’s Pilgrimage
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Poacher’s Pilgrimage

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The islands of the Outer Hebrides are home to some of the most remote and spectacular scenery in the world. They host an astonishing range of mysterious structures - stone circles, beehive dwellings, holy wells and 'temples' from the Celtic era. Over a twelve-day pilgrimage, often in appalling conditions, Alastair McIntosh returns to the islands of his childhood and explores the meaning of these places. Traversing moors and mountains, struggling through torrential rivers, he walks from the most southerly tip of Harris to the northerly Butt of Lewis. The book is a walk through space and time, across a physical landscape and into a spiritual one. As he battled with his own ability to endure some of the toughest terrain in Britain, he met with the healing power of the land and its communities. This is a moving book, a powerful reflection not simply of this extraordinary place and its people met along the way, but of imaginative hope for humankind.

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Published 09 March 2018
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aàsàî Mcïosh îs à îdeede wîe, oàdcàse, seàke àd àcîîs who îs îoed î à wîde àge o îe-coeced îssues, om àd eom, goàîzàîo àd oîoece o sychoogy, sîîuàîy àd ecoogy. He îs he àuho o he esseîgSoîl and Soul: People versus Corporate Power, descîed y Geoge Moîo às ‘à wod-chàgîg ook’ àdHell and Hîgh Water: Clîmate Change, Hope and the Human Condîtîon, descîed y he ome achîsho o Càeuy, rowà Wîîàms, às ‘îsîàîo’.
pàîse oPoacher’s Pîlgrîmage
Mcïosh eses à îch àd uusuà àccou o à wee-dày îgîmàge hough Lewîs àd Hàîs, ecomàssîg à àày o àcîe sàced sîes, eày ogoe àgà hoy àces, ‘eehîe’ dweîgs àd uîed chàes. Hîs coce îs wîh he ‘coecîe sychosîs’ o ou wàmogeîg, hye-cosumeîs socîey . . . Fàscîàîg, oocàîe àd, occàsîoày, ey uy.’ Joàà Kàeà,Tîmes Lîterary Supplement
‘the poàche o he îe îs he oy who gew u wîh hîs àd-ess ees. He goes oàchîg às à àc o soîdàîy. ï coud soud jokey, u î îs’.’ Sue Weàe,Voîce or Arran
‘Hàd o càegoîse: àeogue, îogàhy, sîîuà ques. Eàsy o àe: ey, ey good.’ poesso Jàmes Hue (y twîe), WHFP Best Books o the Year
‘a ook hà oeàes o mày ees . . . à meàho o à o us who seek eewà om he àd hà aàsàî Mcïosh eoes so suey we.’ roge Smîh,The Great Outdoors
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Poacher’s Pîlgrîmageîs à ook o eàuîuy comàced wî-îg – ceà, sog àd cosày suîsîg – à oîgh’s wàk hà coàîs à uîese.’ nîck Hu,Dark Mountaîn
‘thîs îs às much à jouey îo à uusuà mîd às î îs àou he ïsàd.’ Màdeeîe buîg,Resurgence
‘a jouey o eoe, hîsoy, geogàhy àd he deee ude-sàdîg o he coecîo ewee eîgîo àd àue.’ Lye Mcneî,Lîe and Work
‘Much moe hà à àue ook, he cosîdes how eîgîo, àeîes àd geoogy hàe shàed ou hîsoy, oîîcs, scîece, sîîuàîy àd îmàgîàîo.’ toy Càk, John Muîr Trust Journal
‘Whà egàges hîm îs à dee seàch – o uîke he îsîo ques o àîe ameîcàs – hà à whoe cuue hàs os àd eeds o edîscoe.’ Jîm Gîi,BesharaMagazîne
‘the àguàge îs àmos oeîc, eecîg he wîe’s àîs-îc gîs àd hîs udesàdîg o Ceîc àd e-Ceîc cuue.’ Dàîd thomso,Press & Journal
Poacher’s Pîlgrîmageà ook u o geeosîy, sy î îs îs hîkîg àd deàîed î îs oseàîos. ï wî eguîîgy gîe eàch eàde à o o hîk àou, à o o wîsh o see, àd à o o hîk àou àgàî.’ Suà Key,Scotland on Sunday
‘ï’e eàed so much om î . . . wàmh, humou, àssîo.’ Càmeo Mcneîsh,Scots Magazîne
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‘aàsàî Mcïosh îs àeàdy esàîshed às oe o Scoàd’s geàes îîg àuhos . . . ï eàd hîs ook î he îmmedîàe àemàh o he beî oe àd he Chîco eo îo he UK’s îoeme î he ïàq wà. Wîîg îo o hese ees, hîs eflecîos o à eàde’s ‘‘oîîcà ààoîà’’, îîg ou he myh o edemîe îoece, seem oheîc. Mcïosh, whîe îmmesed î he ok àdîîos àd eîgîous gàîy o he Wese ïses, sîmuàeousy seàks o us àou he mos coemoày àd essîg o îssues.’ Joh Suock QC,Progressîve Voîces
‘Mcïosh uses à wee-dày wàk àcoss he egh o Hàîs àd Lewîs, whee he gew u, às he àsîs o à eeded eflecîo o hee hîgs: îoece, he heoogy whîch îs comîcî wîh î, àd he wày o deà wîh î; he ecoogy o he îmàgîàîo; àd he sîîuàîy o àce. a hee àe îecoeced, àd à eà o à wod o àà y àge . . . Whà he ook chàeges us o do îs o fid he ocus o he hoy îscîed î he àces î whîch we îe. thîs îs à oeîcày îmàgîed, oîîcày egàged, ààîe heoogy whîch îumî-àîgy àckes some o he deees oems o ou wod.’ poesso tîmohy Goîge,Theology
‘ad hee we come o whà ï meà àou à good àe wîe eedîg o hàe à mîd woh oowîg às we às à îîeày. Mcïosh îs good à hîs. Fo he às 19 yeàs he’s ee à Quàke deî’s àdocàe à he bîîsh amy’s oice àîîg coege. ahough we àe’ gîe he àmes o he o àss, he îs àowed o wîe àou heî dîscussîos àd does so î hîs ook. they’e àscîàîg.’ Dàîd roîso,Books rom Scotland
‘thîs îs à oey ook, à ook o sàou, à ook o gîe – emàkà-e àd uusuà î îs dee kowedge àd îs sîîuà esàîîy.’ bîsho Dàîd Chîîgwoh,Church Tîmes
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‘a quîe wodeu ook – à heoogy o jusîce àd eàce àd oe e-eseed hough humà ecoogy. ï’s àso wodeuy uy. ï hàe îeds àd àmîy who àe kee wàkes àd îgîms. theî joueys, y àd àge, àe we-equîed, chà-egîg àd oe ey og. Mosy hey do’ ge os. ï meà o dîsesec o aàsàî î sàyîg hà hîs îs o oe o hese kîd o wàks. He àkes wee dàys o wàk àou sîy mîes. He oses hîs wày equey. He àîs o àchîee oe o hîs màî sàed ojecîes o oàchîg à fish om oe o he îsàd ochs. ad he fighs à eîc àe wîh à bog Mose.’ re. Kàhy Gàowày,Iona Communîty Coracle
‘a îmes ï oud î à ey usàîg wok. He comes so cose – àd ye sàys so à àwày – om he uh o he bîe. noeheess, hîs îs à sue ook om à fie àd sesîîe mà.’ re. Dàîd roeso,Free Church Record
‘ï hîs souds moe seîous hà à pesyeîà chuch seîce, hee îs geà u o e oud îPoacher’s Pîlgrîmage. Mcïosh îs à eeàîîg suesîe.’ nîck Màjo,The Natîonal
‘ï àm àscîàed, î ehàs à îe oewhemed, y he deh o hîs hîosohy. Hîs hoesy îs humîg, ucuàed wîh humou, àughe àd à wîke. He ee skîs à quesîo, îs o à mîssîo, àd hàîg ee Scoàd’s fis oesso o humà ecoogy, he seems à îmes oheîc.’ poy puà,Scottîsh Fîeld
‘ï eàd mày o he chàes y he fie î he eeîg, occà-sîoày wîh à gàss o good whîsky o hàd.’ D Dàîd Loîme, Journal o the Scîentîfic & Medîcal Network
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Poacher’s Pilgrimage
An Island Journey
Alastair McIntosh
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POACHER’S PïLGRïMAGE A ïŝlà Jôuéy
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Nàméŝ: Mçïtôŝ, Alàŝtàî, 1955-, àutô. Tîtlé: Pôàçé'ŝ îlgîmàgé : à îŝlà jôuéy / Alàŝtàî Mçïtôŝ. Déŝçîtîô: Eugéé, OR: Càŝçàé BôôKŝ, 2018 | ïçluéŝ îlîôgàîçàl éfééçéŝ à îéx. ïétîiéŝ: Isbn 978-1-5326-3445-1 (àéàçK) | Isbn 978-1-5326-3447-5 (àçôVé). Sujéçtŝ: LCSH: Mçïtôŝ, Alàŝtàî, 1955- —TàVél—Sçôtlà—Léwîŝ wît Hàîŝ ïŝlà. Clàŝŝîiçàtîô: DA880.H4 M492 2018 (ît).
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Contents
List of IllustrationsAnstToobaIrll(‘ushtreatWîeolln’)s An Tobar (‘The Well’) Foreword to tHe American EditionBegînnîngsBeginnings
 1.  2.  3.  4.  5.  6.  7.
PA RT 1 Blue the Deî’s Deu a Sàced Làdscàe bue Mouàî Hàe the Ede o roîeàhà O he Gode roàd the bàcksmîh’s We My Ow Lochs now
PA RT 2 Mountaîn rîsîg o he Sìh8. the  9. two aîme 10. rue, bîàîà! 11. veîso àd Hoey 12. Càchîg Mày rose 13. Smokîg Ou he Deî 14. Sàî bîdgî’s Sheîîg
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xVî  xVîî îî xxîîî
3 11 36 50 60 82 97
127 152 165 181 199 220 240
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PA RT 3 Hare 15. the bàîsm o he Gods 16. the Geà Cosmîc poàche 17. Sàges o Shàwos 18. Féchees î he Sou 19. the teme o Cò nàomh 20. the Heà o he Su 21. the Womà à he We
AcknowledgementsGaelîc Glossary and Pronuncîatîon GuîdeBîblîographyEndnotesIndex
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