Together with its companion volume, which was published in 2014, this book represents the most comprehensive study ever taken of the people of the Isle of Skye. Compiled from local and national resources, oral and written, its wide range of themes makes it of interest to the scholar and ordinary reader alike.
The collaboration which has become The Great Book of Skye was forged between two Gaelic-speaking men who live on the island. The fusion of their learning, training, research and photographic abilities brings the strands of the island’s past together to present here a richly illustrated and original portrayal of an islands about which its residents and visitors care about very much.
Professor Norman Macdonald was. born and raised on Skye. He lived and worked for 15 years on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, to which experience he attributes much of his perspective on the history of Skye and the Hebrides. He has taught at universities in Scotland and Canada and was for twenty years on the Staff at BBC Scotland.