The Call of the Mountains

The Call of the Mountains

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Inspirations from a journey of 1,000 miles across Scotland’s peaks

Max Landsberg

ISBN: hardback - 9781908373700; paperback - 9781912147847

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The mountains of Scotland – towering in grandeur above ancient foundations – on offer here are scenes of unrivalled splendour, landscapes of unparalleled variety, and a magic ground for personal connection, inspiration and transformation. It is through these realms that I hope you will accompany me on a journey for body, for mind and perhaps for something more.

More than just a travel guide, The Call of the Mountains is a lyrical testament to the power of the Scottish mountains to offer anyone of reasonable fitness either simple enjoyment or a deeper journey of transformation. From the pinnacles of Skye to the rolling plateau of the Cairngorms; from the flanks of Ben Lomond to the Pass of Glencoe; from the summit of Ben Nevis to far away Ben Hope – these lands can be your gymnasiums, your art galleries and your sacred spaces all in one.

Based on 1,000 miles of trekking across these mountains, this book shows you:

• Where to find the best views

• How geology, history, culture, flora and fauna have shaped these mountainscapes

• How engagement with these lands can nurture your spirit, as well as your body and mind


This book quickly drew me in. These journeys are precisely depicted through the author's perceptive eye for detail and his obvious passion for the outdoors. Steven Fallon, mountain guide and record-holder for completing all the Munros 15 times

Scotland has inspired legions of explorers and adventurers; this book will show you why. A wonderful journey through landscape, culture and obsession. Myles Farnbank, Director, Wilderness Scotland

Max Landsberg’s description of Rannoch Moor is one of the best I’ve found so far.... The Scotsman, November 2013

An interesting and worthwhile addition to the literature of the Munros and a book worth reading by anyone with an interest in the hills and hillwalking... Chris Townsend a novice hillwalker develops into an experienced Munroist. Along the way his passion for the hills shines through his writing. TGO magazine, January 2104

There’s no shortage of Munro books but (Max's book) brings something different ... and it works rather well. Scotland Outdoors, January 2014

This is a wonderful book that should be read, and will then probably be re-read, by just about anyone with any interest in Scotland's mountains. At one level "The Call of the Mountains" by Max Landsberg is a "how I compleated my round of Munros" book, albeit a particularly well written one. But there is so much more here too…. Undiscovered Scotland November 2013

…a must read book for all those with an appreciation of adventure and the great scenery of the North. Norman Maclean, Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences, and author of Silent Summer

Distinctive…much of the insight and information that new or would-be baggers need. Andy Howell, trekking and backpacking blog-master