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Thread: Book Recommendation: My Yester Years in Glen Affaric

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    Book Recommendation: My Yester Years in Glen Affaric

    There is an earlier thread on this one.

    Just finished reading this - a superb account of glen affric since the 30's written by Duncan MacLennan who worked on the estate for 47 years.


    A few copies are back in stock at Cannich Stores at 15 squid a copy plus postage - no link with Cannich Stores but I don't know anywhere else that stocks this book.

    Details below - Brad or Nicole - really helpful. 01456415201 or www.cannichstores.co.uk

    I worked for Duncan for a couple of weeks work experience (the man has patience) in the mid 80's and this brought memories flooding back of a great guy and an amazing location.

    As he says himself, a book for the fireside and a dram.
    I never make the same mistake twice.

    I make it five or six times.

    Just to be sure.


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    An EXCELLENT book...............

    I mentioned it on the forum a year or so ago and recommend any stalker to read it. It has a fitting place in my study.

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    He wouldn't like the look of Glen Affric now.

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    Spent many memorable visits to Affric - not been there for ten years now, I hope it hasn't changed,,,,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redmist View Post
    Spent many memorable visits to Affric - not been there for ten years now, I hope it hasn't changed,,,,,
    Redmist, I have been stalking to the south of Glen Affric for over twenty years, you wouldn't believe it if you went there now. I ghillie /stalk during the rut, it's barren next door as far as the deer are concerned. That picture of me gas Affric in the background.


    Vh

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    Quote Originally Posted by JockStalk View Post
    There is an earlier thread on this one.

    Just finished reading this - a superb account of glen affric since the 30's written by Duncan MacLennan who worked on the estate for 47 years.


    A few copies are back in stock at Cannich Stores at 15 squid a copy plus postage - no link with Cannich Stores but I don't know anywhere else that stocks this book.

    Details below - Brad or Nicole - really helpful. 01456415201 or www.cannichstores.co.uk

    I worked for Duncan for a couple of weeks work experience (the man has patience) in the mid 80's and this brought memories flooding back of a great guy and an amazing location.

    As he says himself, a book for the fireside and a dram.

    Hi JockStalk,

    Watched Weirs Way couple weeks back, brought back memories, I was out with the late Billy MacLennan in the early 90's for a few days at the hinds.

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    Roe224 - I watched the same which I thoroughly enjoyed and it got me doing some digging. That then put me onto Donsider's thread on here!

    Donsider - thanks for your original posting on this which I made reference to in mine. I had no idea that Duncan had written his memoirs and was happy to read your thread. A brief challenge to find a copy, and with the help of Cannich stores and a copy was heading my way.

    The glen has changed dramatically, even over my relatively short experience and I don't think its for the better. The Wotherspoons did a great job of keeping the place alive, but I guess the only constant is change.

    But what a great read!
    I never make the same mistake twice.

    I make it five or six times.

    Just to be sure.


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    I have just read your post,I have also read the book.sadly Duncan has now passed on ,there was an obituary in the press and journal not so long ago,he had recently celebrated his 100 th birthday.

    allan

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    I love both Glen Affric and Glen Strathfarrar and holiday there twice a year.
    I read the book a couple of years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Incidentally whilst at the pheasant beating last year I got talking to an old boy who turned out to be a close friend of the MacLennan family. . . He told some great stories.

    I would have loved to have seen Affric back in the day.

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    Hi Jockstalk,

    I am pleased to learn that you got a copy of the book. I am just back from Glenquoich stalking hinds for two days, sadly no luck. I filmed in Glen Afferic when I was with STV with Tom Weir in the 1970s and met with him when we filming Finlay McRae. The last time I was in the Glen was when I produced a series of Country Matters for Grampian TV some years later and I was surprised to see the changes in the glen.

    My return to Len Garry on the way to Glenquoich presented many changes to me from when I stalked Garrygualch for 19 years having not been in the glen for 10 years.
    You are right when you say the only constant is change, but thank god we have people like Duncan who can record their vivid memories of highland stalkers life.

    Red deer stalking over for this year now a start at the does......................

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