When A. J. Mackinnon quits his job in Australia, he knows only that he longs to travel to the Well at the World's End, a mysterious pool on a remote Scottish island whose waters, legend has it, hold the secret to eternal youth. Determined not to fly ('It would feel like cheating'), he sets out with a rucksack, some fireworks and a map of the world and trusts chance to take care of the rest. By land and by sea, by train, truck, horse and yacht, he makes his way across the globe - and through a series of hilarious adventures. He survives a bus crash in Australia, marries a princess in Laos, is attacked by Komodo dragons and does time in a Chinese jail. The next lift - or the next near-miss - is always just a happy accident away.
This is the astonishing true story of a remarkable voyage, an old-fashioned quest by a modern-day adventurer.
Alexander (Sandy) Mackinnon first visited Iona off the coast of Scotland as a 19-year-old and fell in love with the magic and mystery of the Scottish islands. The Well at the World's End is the story of his epic journey back to Iona eight years later to revisit the well of eternal youth and get it right the second time.
Sandy never does things the easy way and decided to get back to Scotland without flying anywhere. He starts from Australia, where he had been teaching English in Adelaide and proceeds to New Zealand. He spent months trying to get away again without flying. He went on a yacht to New Caledonia without really knowing that this was the wrong direction; then continued his adventures crossing Australia by bus, sailing through the Indonesian archipelago, travelling through Laos and a short and illegal trip into China, then on by various means through to Egypt and Europe. Bizarre adventures, some weird and wonderful characters as well as some sinister ones, and a man with an insatiable appetite for what is around the next corner even if it leads inevitably to trouble, makes for a wonderful travel tale.
Those who enjoyed Mackinnon's previous book "The Unlikely voyage of Jack de Crow" will understand his capacity for adventure and magnetic attraction for trouble and those who haven't read it be prepared for an adventure with a true travel eccentric. We have this title in both print and audio formats.