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Cycling Books

Heroes, Villains & Velodromes: Chris Hoy & Britain's Track Cycling Revolution

A must-read book on Chris Hoy and the huge progression of cycling from the 'dark years' to a hugely successful and now professional sport within Great Britain.

In Search of Robert Millar

A riveting insight into the life of Robert Miller, a Scottish man of huge talent almost unknown outside cycling circles. With his current whereabouts unknown, the author sets off on a trail to find out what became of Britain's best cyclist and winner of the coveted King of the Mountain vest for a stage of Tour de France.

Ordanance Survey Cycle Tours
21 on- and off-road cycle routes for Central Scotland for touring and mountain bikers. Each is highlighted on Ordnance Survey Landranger map with route directions. Extra information includes places of interest, indication of terrain, and length of each tour.

Bike Scotland: Book One, the first cycling guide from Pocket Mountains, contains 40 hugely inspiring on- and off-road cycle rides across some of the best cycling country in Central Scotland. All packed into the classic Pocket Mountains format and handy pocket size.

101 Bike Routes in Scotland
By Harry Henniker

This cycling guide covers the whole of Scotland with a variety of routes for mountain bikes, quiet road routes and rides for children. It also provides instructions for the new bike paths in Glasgow and Edinburgh.


Climbing Books

Complete book of Climbing

An extremely well laid out and clear book giving a comprehensive overview of the sport of climbing. Excellent photographs and clear explanations. For the beginner or intermediate climber.

SAS Mountain Skills

SAS Mountain Skills
from the SAS Active Library

A superb book for everyone that fits in your pocket and comes with a plastic sleeve to protect the book. Learn skills and techniques for walking and outdoor activities from the experts.

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Football Books recommends
A Scottish Football Hall of Fame
By John Cairney

Profiles of 100 of the best players in Scotland's colourful history. As the author says in the introduction: "Football is more than a mere game in Scotland, it is a part of the Scottish psyche."
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Soccer Practice Games/120 Games for Technique, Training, and Tactics
Great book for coaches of travel and premier youth players with a 30-minute gap in their practice plan. Large collection of fun, competitive games.

Golf Books Recommend.....

Scotland's Golf Courses: the complete guide By Vic Robbie

This guide looks at the rich variety of golf courses in Scotland, from the history of St Andrews to the beauty of Royal Dornoch. It provides a directory of clubs, giving information such as: details of courses, how to get there, facilities and catering and hotel accommodation.

Swing like a Pro
Swing like a Pro: The Break Through Method of Perfecting your Golf Swing

Swing like a Pro is an excellent read and a technical swing reference, with drills and methods to help you hone that perfect swing.

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Running Books

The Runner's Handbook

The Runner's Handbook

This book is full of great advice starting from the absolute basic level - for people are totally unfit and helps you make fitness and health part of your daily life. More for the general person in the street than for racers or competitive runners.

Feet in the Clouds by Richard Askwith

A strangely fascinating book on the world of and the long history of fell running - it is an inspiring read for fell runners and non-fell runners alike.

3:59.4: The Quest to Break the Four Minute Mile by John Bryant

An excellent book on the battle for the first sub four-minut mile and the remarkable achievment of the modest, amateur young student runner Roger Bannister.

The First Four Minutes by Roger Bannister

Written by the great man himself with an additional introduction included for the 50th anniversary in 2004. Read and be inspired.

Marathon!: The Story of the Greatest Race on Earth by Timothy Collings

The history of the race that starts in 490BC when Pheidippides ran just over 26 miles between Marathon and Athens to deliver news of a Greek victory over the Persians.


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Squash Books

Buy this book to understand what this great game is about. This book will send you further down the road of squash greatness. Learn the basics before you step on court with this book.

"Squash Racquets" by Hashim Khan
(the legendary genius of the game)
Published by Souvenir Press. ISBN 0-285-62727-9.

Inspiring Stories

Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye Can See By Erik Weihenmayer

The amazing story of a blind man who looses his sight as a child and goes on to accomplish his dreams and conquer McKinley, Kilimanjaro, Everest and Polar Circus. An inspiration for us all.

Into Thin Air

The true story of a 24-hour period on Everest, when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude. This storm came at the end of the worst single-season death toll in the peak's history.

Toucing the Void

Touching the Void by Joe Simpson

Joe Simpson & his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had achieved the summit before the first disaster struck. This book is an account of the ascent of the 21,000ft Siula Grande peak (Peruvian Andes) and all the associated events and psychological traumas they had to overcome.

Dark Shadows Falling

Dark Shadows Falling by Joe Simpson

An excellent look at the increasing tragedies on the world's loftiest peaks. As more people can and do take to the world's most treacherous peaks, is the death toll and rate of disaster just looming ever higher?

Survival of the fittest, an awesome book about what the body can do.

Survival of the Fittest

Based on medical science, this book sets out the genetics, diet and exercise that allow us to perform at our peak. Stroud employs an anecdotal form, describing individual feats of survival and athletic prowess that illustrate the way the body functions at its best. This book is an inspiration.

Life at the Extremes

Life at the Extremes

Superb book that's interesting as well as educational. What could your body really do if you put it to the test in extreme conditions and what is medically possible? This book tells you what is really possible in all extremes.

Shadows on the Wasteland

Shadows on the Wasteland By Mike Stroud

This book is a fascinating account of the experiences of Fiennes and Stroud as they journeyed on foot across Antarctica in 1993. It describes how the pair overcame psychological and physical stress and unpredictable weather to emerge at the other side.

Into the Wild

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

The story of Chris McCandless, a college graduate who in 1992 walked deep into the Alaskan wilderness and whose SOS note and emaciated corpse were found four months later. What makes some people leave civilisation behind and head for the solitude of the wilderness?


By Tony Bullimore

An extraordinary tale of survival and rescue in the southern ocean. When you read this book you can see why it gets a five star rating from everyone on Amazon who has read it.


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Mental Training

Toughness Training

The New Toughness Training for Sports
By James Loehr

Loehr discusses developing mental, physical, and psychological toughness through evaluationg your weaknesses, developing strategies for turning them into strengths. He teaches how to keep a training log & has a variety of ideas for developing yourself into an athlete who can play at the top of their game.


Walking Books

The Munros
The Munros-Scotland's Highest Mountains
by Cameron McNeish

A lovely book newly revised to include all 284 munros. Definitely my favourite of all the walking books due to the fantastic photographs and maps and the clear layout of the book.
Munro Almanac

Munro Almanac
by Cameron McNeish

An ideal book that is small and robust enough to fit in your pocket or rucksack. Providing loads of information about the munro itself and also what is in the surrounding area. Not detailed route directions but a great guide to have with you.

SAS Mountain Skills

SAS Mountain Skills from the SAS Active Library

A superb book for everyone that fits in your pocket and comes with a plastic sleeve to protect the book. Learn skills and techniques for walking and outdoor activities from the experts.

Walking in Scotland

Walking in Scotland By Lonely Planet

This book covers all types of walks around Scotland from an easy afternoon stroll through to the more strenous mountain ascents. Walks are organised by area with a good index and a contour map to support each route.


Scotland: The Rough Guide

Scottish Highland and Islands: The Rough Guide

A thoroughly recommended reference book for any trip to Scotland with a wealth of useful information.

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