I am sure there will be many of you who enjoy reading about the life and times of a deerstalker. Well I have just completed reading " My Yester Years in Glenn Affric by Duncan MacLennan" and whatt an excellent book it is too.
It is about the life of Duncan who was head stalker in Glen Affric from 1942 - 1989 and a good period before then when he left school and lived in strath Glass. He waxes lyrically about the gen, the people and how it all changed with the comming of the Hydro.
My first visit to the glen was in the mid 70's then a trainee with Scottish Television when filming with the late Tom Weir. It is a wonderful part of the world and when one sees the amount of mass forestry and the changes in water courses as a result of the hydro, it must have been even more spectacular as Duncan eloquently reflects on his experiences in the book. I was last there in the late 90s, again filming, but this time for Grampian TV for a contryside programme I used to produce, and with a forester who had just retired and he too, as portrayed in my programme, confirms what a spectacular glen it is. Perhaps there are many more highland glens that have seen such changes and not, as some may say, for the better.
Anyway, less of my goings on, go out and get a copy and have a days stalking from the comfort of your arm chair and a large dram. It certainly has whetted my apettite for my stalking in Glen Lyon in a couple of weeks time.
I got my copy from the general store at Cannich