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1 McConnochie, Alex Inkson & Wayte, Bryn. Ben Muich Dhui (Ben MacDhui, Mac Dhui) & His Neighbours: A Guide to the Cairngorm Mountains.
Deeside Books, 2013. 9781907813061 2013 1907813063 / 9781907813061 New Edition Soft cover New Book 
New cloth-covered paperback book in mint condition. New edition published by Deeside Books, pp 12, xii, 84, map to rear, index. Ben Muich Dhui and his Neighbours is one of the earliest and scarcest of Alex Inkson McConnochie's publications and its printing in 1885 makes it a forerunner of the guide books used by today's hillwalkers. This book outlines the different routes across the Cairngorms along with the best ways of obtaining access, as well as the author providing vivid descriptions of the local scenery. The sport of hillwalking was still in its infancy in the latter part of the 19th century but was becoming ever more popular through the ease of travel brought about by the coming of the railways to the highland parts of Scotland. Further publicity to the area was also given by Queen Victoria's extensive travels on both Deeside and Speyside, which were then later published in Leaves from a Highland Journal.This book has been reproduced in its original form and also includes a copy of the original fold-out map as per the first printing. However, this small scale map does have limitations, and a summary of the modern Ordnance Survey maps that cover the various parts of the Cairngorms has also been included. A new introduction has been added which contains both a brief biography of McConnochie and also a comparison of this book with some of his later publications. Ben Muich Dhui and his Neighbours is the sixth volume in the North-east Scotland Classics Series. 
Price: 12.99 GBP
 
 
2 McConnochie, Alex Inkson & Wayte, Bryn. Donside.
Deeside Books, 2011. 9781907813023 2011 1907813020 / 9781907813023 New Edition Soft cover New No Jacket Book 
New cloth-covered paperback book in mint condition.Pages vi, 220, plus all of the original full page illustrations and the 3 maps. The version reproduced here is from the two shilling hardback first edition with its original pagination and advertisments, published in 1900 (the 1985 J.G. Bisset version adpoted the much smaller typeface used in the cheaper one shilling paper board covered edition published in 1901, with the consequent reduction in the number of pages to 134 and a different set of advertisments). McConnochie was an avid hillwalker and a competent local historian, and his guidebook to the Donside region still remains to this day virtually the only work that covers the whole of this area. The book illustrates the topography and history of the region by following the River Don from the bustling city of Aberdeen to Inverurie, and then through the Vale of Alford to Strathdon, and finally to its source in the hills beyond Corgarff. Vivid descriptions are given of the various epochs of the history of the valley - from prehistoric earth houses through to medieval castles to the coming of the railway age in the 19th century.Published, distributed and in stock from Deeside Books of Ballater. S2. 
Price: 15.00 GBP
 
 
3 McConnochie, Alex & Wayte, Bryn. Lochnagar.
Deeside Books 2014. 9781907813009 2014 1907813004 / 9781907813009 2nd Edition Soft cover New No Jacket Book 
New cloth-covered paperback book in mint condition. Pages v, 189, plus the advertisments. A replica of the 1891 first (and only) edition with all of the original illustrations and the map. There is a new introduction with a brief biography of McConnochie and also recommendations on which of the current Ordnance Survey maps are best suited to the area. McConnochie highlights the book with many tales and legends of both Lochnagar and the surrounding glens as well as describing the many ways of reaching the summit itself. Other anecdotes relate to illicit whisky distillation and smuggling as well as stories about Glen Muick, Ballater, Braemar and Loch Callater. Published, distributed and in stock from a book shop within 10 miles of Lochnagar. S2. 
Price: 14.99 GBP
 
 
4 McConnochie, Alex. Inkson & Wayte, Bryn. Strathspey.
Deeside Books, 2013. 9781907813054 2013 1907813055 / 9781907813054 2nd Edition Soft cover New Book 
New paperback with card covers that have a cloth veneer in order to retain the original character of the book as much as possible. In mint condition. Republished from the original edition of 1902, with a new introduction by Bryn Wayte of Deeside Books. Pp 181, with original full page illustrations and five maps, advertising and index. Number five in the North East Classics Series. Originally published in 1902, this scarce title by Alex Inkson McConnochie has been reproduced in its original form, including copies of all of the original illustrations and maps. It is the fifth volume in the North-east Scotland Classics Series and a new introduction has been added which it is hoped will help the reader elicit more information, particularly where more modern maps are concerned.McConnochie was a prominent local historian and hillwalker and the author of numerous books, articles and guides on both the Aberdeenshire and Cairngorm areas, and indeed, was one of the founder members of The Cairngorm Club. He was born at Rothes on Speyside in 1850 and in later life was an accountant and law stationer living in Aberdeen, so obviously the North-east of Scotland was his native land. The reasons for Speyside's popularity are probably then as now - its outstanding scenery coupled with numerous facilities for outdoor pursuits. The coming of the railways to the northern part of Scotland in the latter part of the 19th century opened up vast areas to the tourist and sportsman, and Speyside was a popular destination. The history and topography of the complete length of the valley of the Spey are covered in great detail, as are its tributary rivers, particularly the Fiddich and the Avon. McConnochie gives a vivid description of both the local habitat and also the legends of the area as well as contemporary descriptions of a way of life that has now largely disappeared.Shop shelf. 
Price: 14.99 GBP
 
 

 


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