Author details

Hamish Brown


Hamish Brown comes of a Fife family with overseas connections and has himself visited many parts of the world as traveller and mountaineer, but especially the Atlas Mountains of which he is a world authority.

Author, photographer, lecture, his first book, Hamish’s Mountain Walks is still in print (with Climbing the Corbetts) but he has edited two volumes of mountain poetry besides having volumes of his own poems and short stories published. He has written authoritative guides to the Fife Coast, the Edinburgh/Glasgow Canals and walks in various regions. His educational work was rewarded with an MBE and his writing with a D.Litt (St Andrews) and a doctorate from the Open University. He is an honorary fellow of the RSGS. Hamish is enthusiastic about most things Scottish: 2008 saw a large study of Scottish gravestones published and the two lectures on the topic have proved very popular.

He is working on a second Seaton Gordon Anthology, a collection of Scottish ‘Oddities’ and a study of early travellers in the Atlas mountains - 2 of 3 being Scottish. The Mountains Look on Marrakesh was short-listed for the Boardman Tasker prize in 2007. He is also a founding member of the Outdoor Writer and Photographer’s Guild.

Current events and projects

He does several illustrated lectures based on his books, often with reading and discussions (see list), and also talking about outdoor writing. Available throughout Scotland. He can provide equipment needed; mainly for adult audiences and writing groups, but will try anything!

Local authority where they are based


Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

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LL funded


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Books written

The Oldest Post Office in the World: and Other Odd Places

Author(s): Hamish Brown
Scotland has been called a small country with a big story and among its varied riches must be the extraordinary number of surprising, curious, unexpected, odd places that occut from Muckle Flugga to t

The Scottish Graveyard Miscellany: The Folk Art of Scotland's Graves

Author(s): Hamish Brown
In "A Scottish Graveyard Miscellany", Hamish Brown explores in words and extraordinary pictures the folk art of Scottish graveyards from the eighteenth century (when gravestones began to be

Climbing the Corbetts: Scotland's 2500 Foot Summits

Author(s): Hamish Brown
A love of the Scottish hills doesn t depend on the height of any summit but on an indefinable quality which the 2500ft plus hills have in abundance, even more than the Munros perhaps.

The High Atlas: Treks and Climbs on Morocco's Biggest and Best Mountains

Author(s): Hamish Brown
This is an inspirational book packed with anecdotes and insights and describing the best treks and climbs in the High Atlas mountains of Morocco, in North Africa, illustrated with dazzling photographs

The Last Hundred - Munros, Beards And A Dog

Author(s): Hamish Brown
This is a collection of reminiscences of the author's several rounds of the Munros.

Hamish's Mountain Walk

Author(s): Hamish Brown
Hamish''s Mountain Walk deals with the author's first continuous ascent of the Munros.

The Mountains Look On Marrakech

Author(s): Hamish Brown
After an initial visit of three months to the Atlas Mountains in 1965, well-known travel writer, climber and photographer Hamish rown has been back every year since, continuing his love affair with a