It was an old postcard pinned to the wall of a Croatian hiking club that did it – a photo of improbably sheer-sided peaks in Durmitor National Park, which first led me to travel to Montenegro in 2004. Since that first visit I have returned many times, visiting all of Montenegro’s national parks, hiking in all of the country’s main mountain areas, and exploring places well off the beaten track. During these trips I have written about the environmental threats posed to the pristine wilderness that is Lake Skadar National Park, hiked through the Accursed Mountains, explored the Unesco-listed Bay of Kotor – in between times usually finding time to indulge in that most iconic of Balkan tipples, homemade rakija.
Books and articles
I wrote the first English-language hiking guide to Montenegro (The Mountains of Montenegro, published by Cicerone in 2007), and the first English-language guide to walking the epic Peaks of the Balkans Trail, which stretches 192km through the breathtakingly wild and remote borderlands of Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania. I’ve also written a guidebook to Montenegro for Berlitz, and updated the 5th edition of the Bradt guide to Montenegro, with bylines including Geographical, Hidden Europe, The Independent, Luštica, The National, Outdoor Enthusiast, The Telegraph, Vanity Fair, Woman’s Own and Wanderlust.
The first (and only) English-language guidebook to hiking the 192km Peaks of the Balkans Trail, through the Prokletije mountains (meaning ‘the accursed mountains’) forming the rugged borderlands of Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania.
17 walks and multi-day treks, including routes in all of Montenegro’s National Parks as well as several other less well known areas. The first English-language hiking guide to Montenegro, and the winner of the best guidebook award from the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild in 2008.
Montenegro – The Berlitz Pocket Guide (Berlitz, 2016)
‘Compact, informative, and much easier to use on the go than a phone app’ (from a review on Amazon).
Montenegro – The Bradt Travel Guide (updater, 5th edition, Bradt 2015)
5th edition of the Bradt guide, which I updated.