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Sagas of Salt and Stone

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Orkney’s islands are wild, remote, surrounded by an endless ocean and dominated by an infinite sky, which brings either brilliant light or days of wind that make everything taste of salt. This remarkable landscape has the power to bewitch, and Robin Noble has been in its thrall for a lifetime. In Sagas of Salt and Stone he takes us on a personal voyage of adventure and discovery of the archipelago, its history, nature and people – from its seabird colonies and startling rock formations to its fishermen’s huts and the Ring of Brodgar.

Robin reflects on what has changed and is changing in Orkney, sharing stories of golden summer days and relentless winter storms, of past friendships and family travails. He highlights the best that Orkney has to offer and elucidates its power to inspire and to provide succour for troubled souls. Sagas of Salt and Stone is nothing less than his love letter to Orkney and its people.

REVIEWS OF Sagas of Salt and Stone

"Magical … The lovely style of the author's writing… brings his subjects to life with a lightness of touch and thoughtfulness that succeeds in being both accessible and thought-provoking." Undiscovered Scotland

"A wonderful and evocative celebration of the land and people of Orkney." Anna Ritchie

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Sagas of Salt and Stone

About the author

Robin Noble

The Islands and Highlands of northern Scotland run deep in Robin Noble’s blood. He is a naturalist who leads groups at the world-renowned Aigas Field Centre run by Sir John Lister-Kaye, and an eminent expert on the ancient woodlands of the Highlands. He’s also an artist, singer and hill-walker. His history of the Highlands, Castles in the Mist, was shortlisted for the Saltire Society History Book of the Year award, whilst North and West explored Scotland’s wilderness.

Praise for Castles in the Mist:

“A valuable insight into the historical context of the evolution of the current Highland landscape.” Mike Daniels, John Muir Trust Journal, Spring 2017

“Essential reading … If you think you know Scotland, then this book will probably make you think again, for there is much here that is thought-provoking and more than a little that is surprising … The Highlands and Islands have changed far more profoundly than most of us realise. Which more than anything else is what makes this such an important book.” Undiscovered Scotland

“Compelling. Noble is a wonderful guide… He blends together history, ornithology and a keen sense of economics with a highly personal approach to landscape.” Brian Morton, The National

“A fascinating blend of history and natural history, an account of a landscape and how it came to be the way it is…thoughtful, informed…refreshing.” Northwords Now