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Ben Muich Dhui and his Neighbours: A Guide to the Cairngorm Mountains
Ben Muich Dhui and his Neighbours: A Guide to the Cairngorm Mountains

A Deeside Books of Ballater has continued with it’s reprint of rare titles with the publication of ‘Ben Muich Dhui and his Neighbours: A Guide to the Cairngorm Mountains’.

Originally published in 1885 by Alex Inkson McConnochie, the book was only ever intended for private circulation amongst his hillwalking friends, but was made available to the general public by popular demand when published by Lewis Smith & Son of Aberdeen later in the same year.

It is considered one of the first hillwalking guidebooks.

Shop propretor Bryn Wayte said: “At the present time there appear to be no copies of the original book for sale anywhere else in the world, so this title is obviously one of the scarcest and earliest of McConnochie’s publications. Ben Muich Dhui was obviously written to be a practical guide book for the provision of information...”

This new edition is the sixth volume in the North-east Scotland Classics Series published by Deeside Books. The other titles in the series include another three by McConnochie, Lochnagar (1891), Donside (1900) and Strathspey (1902), and Loch Kinnord (1910) by the Rev. J.G. Michie of Dinnet, and Aberdeen Street Names (1911) by G.M. Fraser.

The title is priced at £12.99 and is available locally.