Book Excerpt: A Photo Tour of Britain and Ireland

Photo: Cover of Britain and Ireland Book

Welcome to Library Fridays, where we excerpt a title put out by our colleagues at National Geographic Books. Today’s pick is the new photo book Britain & Ireland: A Photo Tour of the Enchanted Isles, written by Robin Currie and featuring images from many of our National Geographic photographers. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find inside. 

You can purchase Britain & Ireland here, and for more great travel titles, read our Trip Lit column, and visit our Ultimate Travel Library

britain_ireland_p12.jpgA Celtic cross stands against the evening sky on the Hebridean island of Iona. The monastery at Iona has long been a draw for pilgrims, past and present. Photo by Jim Richardson. 

britain_ireland_p114_115.jpgThe English countryside holds many pleasures. Horse and hounds were once a more common sight than they are now. Since the Hunting Act of 2004, fox hunting with dogs has been banned in England and Wales. The issue continues to be an extremely divisive one among the British public. Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images


The weather is never “far away” in the Scottish Highlands. Storm clouds gather over the Old Man of Storr, a basalt rock formation on the Isle of Skye. Sightseers can reach the spectacular landscape after a mile-long walk along a well-constructed path. By Adam Burton/Photolibrary

[Ireland Travel Guide]

[United Kingdom Travel Guide]


  1. Jack May
    October 6, 2010, 9:22 pm

    Re: “BRITAIN & IRELAND: A Visual Tour of the Enchanted Isles” by Robin Currie
    I just received this book and have read only pages 9 – 20 but within these pages
    have found the errors listed below. I am very disappointed in the quality of
    this publication and have completely lost my enthusiasm for continuing to read
    it. This is not the quality one would expect of a publication carrying the
    National Geographic seal.
    (1) Contradiction about area
    Page 9: The area of Great Britain is more than 80,000 square miles – about the
    size of Kansas. Ireland is more than 30,000 square miles – about the size of Maine.
    Page 13: Total area of the British Isles, 121,376 square miles, approximately
    the size of CONNECTICUT!
    (2) Misspelling
    Page 18: the word “shines” should have been spelled “shrines”
    (3) Contradiction about the purpose of Hadrian’s Wall
    Page 19: Hadrian’s Wall. … it was built to mark a border, rather than as a
    defensive barrier …
    Page 20: Established as a barrier against raids by the Picts, it was the most
    heavily fortified border in the Roman Empire.