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Meet our Supporters: Alex Thomson – and his book ‘Stories from the Scottish Hills’

Meet our Supporters: Alex Thomson – and his book ‘Stories from the Scottish Hills’

09th September, 2021

Alex says:

“I have had many happy days in the Scottish Hills walking with friends, sometimes in groups and more often than not alone. Something that is often frowned upon by Mountain Rescue and understandable. It ensures however that you build careful navigation skills and raises awareness of the ever changing conditions that people encounter in the Scottish hills. I have come across rescues and training exercises taking place and have read of countless accidents, unfortunately some with serious consequences. I have ended up on the wrong hill but that doesn’t count. I would be telling a lie if I said I hadn’t made errors but fortunately without serious results. I have friends who have been rescued and it is probably a result of these rescues that I considered some sort of fundraising for Scottish Mountain Rescue.”

“Like many others I started recording stories many years ago,  and at some point decided that these scribblings could be the basis of a book and if successful then all funds raised after the costs of production would be donated to Scottish Mountain Rescue.”

“As this book has been many years in the making don’t hold your breath waiting for another.”



ISBN 9781800493346

Author   Alex Thomson

Published by Charlesworth

Priced £9.99 Paperback with colour photographs £2.20 P&P if required

Book Synopsis

In a lifetime of roaming the Scottish mountains, Alex Thomson has always taken the time to stop and chat, meeting many different kinds of people, forming lasting friendships and sharing countless stories with his fellow hillwalkers. Collected here together are some of those tales; stories that formed the fabric of the walking clubs that appeared throughout the 1950s and ’60s. Sometimes serious, occasionally scary, often amusing, they offer a wonderful glimpse into the hillwalking fraternity, the myriad gems of the Scottish landscape and the addictive pleasure of exploration.

All profits from the sale of this book will be donated to Mountain Rescue, whose services, thankfully, Alex has never had to call upon.

Outlets for book sales

Alex’s book is available from the following locations:

The Bookhouse

41 Grey Street

Broughty Ferry



Base Camp (Adrian)

West Port




Loch Torridon Community Centre

Torridon, Achnasheen



Alex Thomson

16 Myreside Drive


Angus DD11 5PZ

Email :


Ali’s Newagent (Asif)

121 Castle Street





The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum

Albert Square





2nd Chance

Main Road



Birnam Arts,

Station Road,



Adventure into Books

26 Wellmeadow



Jeremy Law of Scotland

City Hall






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