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Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland
Samuel Johnson
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A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland (1775) is a travel narrative by Samuel Johnson about an eighty-three day journey through Scotland, in particular the islands of the Hebrides, in the late summer and autumn of 1773. The sixty-three year-old Johnson was accompanied by his thirty-two year-old friend of many years James Boswell, who was also keeping a record of the trip, published in 1785 as A Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides. The two narratives are often published as a single volume from which profit can be had comparing the two perspectives of the same events, although they are very different in approach, with Johnson focused on Scotland and Boswell focused on Johnson (Boswell went on to write a famous biography of Johnson).