Poacher's Pilgrimage

An Island Journey

by Alastair McIntosh

Poacher's Pilgrimage

Paperback edition of Alistair McIntosh’s fabulous Poacher’s Pilgrimage

2 in stock (can be backordered)

Register or login to add to cart.
SKU: 9781780274683 Categories: ,



eBook also available from the iBookstore

‘Fascinating, provocative and, occasionally, very funny’ – Joanna Kavenna, Times Literary Supplement

‘A remarkable, highly readable yet scholarly book’ – Jim Corrigan, Faith and Freedom

‘One of the most fascinating books I’ve read for a long while, if maddeningly hard to categorise’ – David Robinson, Scotsman

Poacher’s Pilgrimage is a book full of generosity, spry in its thinking and detailed in its observations’ – Scotland on Sunday

‘The language is almost poetic, reflecting the writer’s artistic gifts and his understanding of Celtic and pre-Celtic culture’ – David Thomson, Press & Journal (book of the week)

‘His honesty is humbling … he never skirts a question. He is on a mission, and having been Scotland’s first professor of human ecology, he seems at times prophetic’ – Polly Pullar, Scottish Field

‘If this sounds more serious than a Presbyterian church service, there is great fun to be found in Poacher’s Pilgrimage. McIntosh is an entertaining subversive’ – The National

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.


Alastair McIntosh is an independent writer, broadcaster, speaker and activist who is involved in a wide range of contemporary issues, from land reform, globalization and nonviolence to psychology, spirituality and ecology.



ISBN: 9781780274683

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

Stock status: Published

Categories: Birlinn/Polygon , Western Isles/Hebrides