There's Always the Hills
From his home in the Cairngorms of Scotland, Cameron McNeish reflects on a life dedicated to the outdoors. Following his career as an international long jump athlete, he has for almost forty years written and talked about walking and climbing in Scotland, meeting some of the sport’s great characters such as Chris Brasher, Sir Chris Bonington, Tom Weir, Julie Tullis and many more. A prolific author, he has led treks in the Himalayas and Syria, edited The Great Outdoors Magazine, establishing it as Britain’s premier walking publication, created new long-distance walks and made television series, contributed a monthly column to The Scots Magazine, campaigned for Scottish independence and raised a family with his wife, Gina. Now he candidly recalls the ups and downs of a full life, much of it in the public eye, much of it until now unseen.
Foreword by Sam Heughan. Sam is a Scottish actor, best known for his leading role as Jamie Fraser in the hit TV show Outlander. He is also an outdoor enthusiast, and founder of My Peak Challenge, a charitable organisation which aims to encourage its members to lead healthier lives.
‘There’s Always the Hills flows like a friendly conversation, shared over three or four single malts, and develops into an engaging tale...’
-The Great Outdoors Magazine
‘A vivid travelogue through the breathtaking vistas, towering peaks and rugged islands of Scotland and a tribute to the warmth and hospitality of the Scots people... McNeish's encyclopaedic knowledge of the lochs and glens, Highlands and islands, the bealachs and coires and the myriad myths and legends that reside therein is unrivalled.’
-BBC Countryfile Magazine
‘A gifted storyteller, he peels back the layers of his life and offers a personal and emotional look behind the scenes of his success. This is a great read for anyone who enjoys our great outdoors and the wealth of tales that can be told about it - it's both one man's story and a candid, absorbing account for those with an interest in Scotland's awe-inspiring wildlife.’
-Rachel Scorgie, The Courier
‘There’s Always the Hills is a sure-fire hit. The author’s eye for minor details and honest accounts of his experiences, bring his anecdotes to life.’
‘Cameron McNeish's autobiography is everything we hoped it would be, and a "must buy" for anyone who's ever felt the pull of Scotland's mountains. ’
‘Cameron is a born raconteur and his book flows easily, being both informative and full of interest.’
-Helen Todd, Walk Magazine
‘There's Always the Hills is an inspiring story of a life well lived. Or, at least, the first installment.’
-Roger Cox, Scotland on Sunday