The islands of Orkney are distinct, perhaps that bit wild. Remote, surrounded by an endless ocean and dominated by an infinite sky, which brings either brilliant light or days of wind that makes everything taste of salt. This remarkable landscape has the power to bewitch people, 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.
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 last year's Saltire Society History Book of the Year award, whilst North and West explored Scotland's wilderness.
"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