Nan Shepherd and The Cairngorms



We love to walk in the footsteps of courageous women that came before us, and what better woman than Nan Shepherd, author of The Living Mountain? Our guide, Stef, will lead you through the Cairngorms, the area Nan Shepherd loved so much, on our Easter and summer holidays. Check them out here

And to hear more about Nan and her hiking in the Cairngorms we have joined up with Firebrand Theatre Company to bring you a free podcast experience to hear all about her life and be inspired to visit her land.

Nan Shepherd
Image supplied by Estate of Nan Shepherd.

Join us for A Journey with Nan Shepherd in the final podcast trilogy broadcasting on Monday January 30th at 7pm

For more info and to book your free ticket visit:

This is part of a new series of richly entertaining, and free of charge, dramatised podcasts, Fire Works, award-winning Firebrand Theatre Company will take to the Pitlochry Festival Theatre Sound Stage to guide you on an audio journey through the life and work of the multi-talented novelist, poet, teacher and nature writer Nan Shepherd.

Nan Shepherd wrote The Living Mountain about hiking in the Cairngorms

In 2016 Shepherd made history by becoming the first woman to feature on a Scottish bank note, cutting an extraordinary theatrical figure, complete with flowing hair and jewelled headband. But Nan was not a Wagnerian princess, rather someone who lived and died in a small Scottish village and who wrote a short book about hiking in the Cairngorms, called The Living Mountain. A book that years after her death in 1981 has become a worldwide best seller, translated into 16 languages.

So who is the woman behind the enigmatic look and the world-famous book?

In three 30 minute podcasts, Nan Makes History, Nan In Love and Urban Nan, Firebrand will use Nan’s ground-breaking novels, letters and poems, along with entertaining dramatised scenes, to experience the unconventional author in all her natural and, at times lesser-known, habitats, while trying to explain the mystery of why her greatest work languished forgotten in a drawer for over thirty years.

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