This book is a superb example of how to summarize a vast body of geological detail into an attractive, accessible, and genuinely useful summary format. Given the title, one might expect this book to be of limited interest, perhaps to a specialist audience of Scottish igneous fanatics, or maybe, at a stretch, a broader spread of people interested in the geological history of the North Atlantic. It is certainly an invaluable text for such people, but it is also of wider interest and appeal.

This area has been attracting geologists since the dawn of our science: Joseph Banks “discovered” Staffa,...

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