Sky Dance Fighting for the Wild in the Scottish Highlands – book review

Recently I was recommended this book by some good pals. Sky Dance Fighting for the wild in the Scottish Highlands. By J.D. Burns.

I was told it was a good read set in Scotland it deals with land ownership , access to the hills, a local fictional climbing club, bothies, the persecution of birds of prey and introduction of extinct wild animals to the wilds like the Lynx.

At times it’s very tongue in cheek but I enjoyed it. The conflicting views of each party are interesting and current. Many are rarely discussed in a book about Mountaineering.

There is also the politics of a local Mountaineering Club, a missing club member after Munro party in a bothy and a few epics that most clubs may have with members. The individual descriptions of those in the club are so real especially of the two main characters

It is well written by a man who loves his mountains and though fiction has a few interesting discussions. These are mainly in my opinion more balanced from the view of the those who use the land not those who own it. If you want a good read I think you will enjoy it. Especially in these difficult times when the mountains access is restricted due to Corvus 19.

Just remember it’s fiction yet some of the club members are characters, friends we have all met?

Well worth a read.

Comments welcome.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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4 Responses to Sky Dance Fighting for the Wild in the Scottish Highlands – book review

  1. John Bainbridge says:

    I enjoyed it too. At least I can read about the Scottish hills at the moment.


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