Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend so far, and that you are continuing to remain healthy.
For the second week of the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, I chose to read Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other, by actors Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish. This was another of the books that my parents gave me for Christmas, and I was very excited to have the chance to read it.
Clanlands focuses on Heughan and McTavish’s journey through the Scottish Highlands, as they explore their country’s history, landscape, and culture. Their travels take them to locations such as: Clachaig Inn, Loch Achtiochtan, Cawdor Castle, Castle Leod, Loch Ness, and the site of the Battle of Culloden.
Throughout their journey, Heughan and McTavish not only discuss the history of Scotland, but also share stories from their personal lives, and from the filming of the Outlander television series. They also find themselves in some rather outrageous situations, some of which come about due to Heughan’s somewhat questionable driving skills.
“My tomb will bear the inscription: BLAME SAM HEUGHAN.”Clanlands: Whisky, Warefare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other, by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish (page 88)
I had a marvelous time reading Clanlands! It was not only really interesting, but also a very enjoyable (and occasionally hilarious) read. In fact, I enjoyed the book so much that I am planning to buy a copy of the audiobook as soon as I have the opportunity. I’m also really looking forward to watching the upcoming television series, Men in Kilts, which is supposed to be released on STARZ sometime this year.
One of the things I liked most about this book was the fact that it has the characteristics of several different types of books. It’s not only a road trip book, but a book about history, a memoir, and a book about friendship. While Heughan does take great delight in tormenting McTavish throughout their journey, their friendship is very much at the heart of the book and a big part of what makes it so enjoyable.
It is worth noting that Clanlands does include some spoilers for the Outlander television series and novels. If you’ve been planning to read and/or watch the series, and spoilers are something that really bother you, then I would recommend making sure that you are caught up on Outlander prior to reading this book.
If you’d like to visit Scotland, are interested in history, or are a fan of the Outlander television series and/or books, I highly recommend taking the time to read Clanlands. If you do have the opportunity to read this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
My next POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be posted on Saturday, January 16th. In the meantime, I hope you will join me here throughout the week for book reviews and a look at my Bout of Books Readthon experience.
Have a great weekend!