The Mountains are Calling
Running in the High Places of Scotland
Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2018
Jonny Muir was a nine-year-old boy when the silhouette of a runner in the glow of sunset on the Malvern Hills caught his eye. A fascination for running in high places was born – a fascination that would direct him to Scotland. Running and racing, Jonny became the mountainside silhouette that first inspired him.
His exploits inevitably led to Scotland’s supreme test of hill running: Ramsay’s Round, a daunting 60-mile circuit of twenty-four mountains, climbing the equivalent height of Mount Everest and culminating on Ben Nevis, to be completed within twenty-four hours.
While Ramsay’s Round demands extraordinary endurance, the challenge is underpinned by simplicity and tradition, in a sport largely untainted by commercialism. The Mountains are Calling is the story of that sport in Scotland, charting its evolution over half a century, heralding its characters and the culture that has grown around them, ultimately capturing the irresistible appeal of running in high places.
This book is lavishly illustrated with maps and two sections of delightful colour plates.
‘Hill running in Scotland is a tough, daunting, punishing sport but Muir writes about it with such eloquence and passion that he makes you want to drop everything and head for the Highlands.’
‘A paean of praise for the mountains and the runners who go there.’
-Alastair Humphreys, author of Microadventures and Grand Adventures
‘An excellent book... after reading this I would defy anyone not to want to hit the hills of Scotland.’
‘A fascinating book that charts the evolution of hill running... The Mountains are Calling not only chronicles the legends and tales of this Cinderella sport of the mountains, but is a passionate appreciation of those wild places that now and then become the arenas for these remarkable athletes.’
-Cameron McNeish, WalkHighlands
‘Simply inspirational... a book we would without hesitation recommend to anyone who has ever toiled up a mountain in Scotland or the Lake District in pursuit of an elusive summit.’
‘Inspirational and highly readable, Jonny Muir eloquently describes the mountains and the extraordinary people who run in them.’
‘The story of [hill running] in Scotland, charting its evolution over half a century, heralding its characters and the culture that has grown around them, and ultimately capturing the irresistible appeal of running in high places.’
‘Enlightening, captivating and well worth a read.This book is a great choice for any avid runner or nature lover in search of a collection of good tales or simply in need of some motivation.’
-The Wee Review