Troubador Highland Journal

Released: 28/10/2019

ISBN: 9781838590673

Format: Paperback

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Highland Journal

2. In My Stride


Following the success of his debut, Jack P Harland returns with the second book in the Highland Journal series. In My Stride begins with a move to Aberdeen where Jack finds an eccentric new companion. Together, they set off to explore the Cairngorms, an area that was to surprise Jack and become his favourite corner of the Highlands.

The chapters cover a wide range of areas of the north and west of Scotland, each packed with insights into the geology of the mountains and perceptive notes on the hardy wildlife encountered. There are fierce battles with the elements and days of high adventure. Old friends are not neglected and readers who laughed at the colourful exploits of the Jolly Boys in The Making of a Hillwalker will be delighted at the chance to enjoy more of their memorable trips.

And throughout it all, Jack’s deep passion for our northern wilderness permeates every page of this treasure of a book.

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Another delightful read!

The second book of the Highland Journal series In My Stride plunges straight onto the wintry mountainsides of Lochnagar.

Jack takes us through the beautiful and sensorial aspects of his walk, which starts with the "snow rose pink" sunrise and ends walking through the pinewoods in the winter gloaming.
Descriptive prose flows through the chapters, and I found myself carried along with it from one mountain to the next.

I particularly enjoyed reading the postscript at the end of the chapter A Walk on the White Mounth. It was a lovely contrast between the sights, sounds and smells of the old fishing village of Whitby and the lonely silent wastes of the White Mounth.

The book moves through the seasons with wonderfully pictorial sections. Jack highlights his walks not only by sharing with us the wildlife he encounters but also his geological knowledge and the different characters of his walking companions. In particular, Gordon, who despite being blind, climbed Bennachie and proclaimed that he would like to follow this accomplishment by climbing a Munro!

By the ending chapters, temperatures have risen to 29 degrees Celsius. Dragonflies and butterflies enjoy the summer breeze on Beinn Sgulaird. We leave Jack at the end of the book reaching for his maps and wondering where his next adventure will be.

PS Thanks for the introduction to peanut butter and honey sandwiches.

by Fiona Malkin

Jack P. Harland

The author grew up in Northumberland in the Fifties and Sixties.

At university, he studied geography and met his wife (at the Freshers' Hop). Their first child was born in his final year and their family has grown to four children and six grandchildren.

Jack became a geography teacher and had an interesting career which included working with the BBC and on national projects with the Scottish Education Department. With the help of St Andrews University, Perth Museum and Dundee Museum he developed the expertise to teach geology.

Wanting to experience something different, he spent a few years working in the Arts with a modern dance company, Scottish Opera and other bodies.

He missed teaching and returned, ending his career as a Head Teacher in Aberdeen.

As his children grew up and went off to university, he had time for trips to the Highlands to climb the mountains. Retirement in 2013 gave him the opportunity to go more often and Jack climbed his last Munro in 2015.

He has always enjoyed writing, drawing, painting and making maps and Jack has put all these together in his books about the Highlands.

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