Luath Press takes its name from Robert Burns, whose little collie Luath (Gael., swift or nimble) tripped up Jean Armour at a wedding and gave him the chance to speak to the woman who was to be his wife and the abiding love of his life. Burns called one of The Twa Dogs Luath after Cuchullin’s hunting dog in Ossian’s Fingal. Originally set up in the heart of Burns country, Luath Press is now based a few steps up the road from Burns’ first lodgings on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Luath offers distinctive writing with a hint of unexpected pleasures.
Luath Press was established by Tom and Rene Atkinson in Barr (near Girvan in Ayrshire) in 1981. Tom had recently returned to Scotland and, finding there were no good descriptive guides to the popular parts of Scotland, set about writing and publishing the Luath Guides Series. Following Tom’s retirement, Gavin and Audrey MacDougall took over the running of the company and moved it from Barr to Edinburgh.
Since 1997, Luath has built on the sound core of well established books first published by Tom and Rene, and created various new series (On the Trail Of…, Walk with Luath, The Quest For, Let’s Explore, Luath Storyteller, Viewpoints, Wild Lives) and launched various new writers and poets (Alison Irvine, Daniel Gray, Rab Wilson, Mark Thomson and many more). Luath Press offers a range of books that cover travel, natural history, poetry, fiction, biography and children’s books.