A Wild Call

One Man’s Voyage in Pursuit of Freedom

Martyn Murray

The story of one man's search for freedom through sail, his voyage out to St Kilda and his musings on the islanders' sense of freedom.
Date Published :
November 2017
Publisher :
Fernhurst Books
Series :
Making Waves
Illustration :
30 Halftones, color; 4 Diagrams
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781912177028
Pages : 352
Dimensions : 7.75 X 5 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Martyn Murray was finding modern life, with all its restrictions and controls, suffocating. Following years of soul-searching, his father’s death triggered him into opening the old logbooks and charts to retrace the sailing trips they had once shared together. He determined to revisit those waters and bring home the freedom of the seas. Falling in love with an old ketch in Ireland, he bought and restored her enough to sail back to Scotland. Over the next two summers he cruised Scotland’s Western Isles, with one goal: to reach St Kilda – the remotest part of the British Isles, 40 miles from the Outer Hebrides. During his cruising he considered the islanders and their sense of freedom – often restricted by absentee landlords and officialdom. He railed against bureaucracy and commercial enterprise restricting the yachtsman’s ability to roam free. For parts of his journey he was joined by the beguiling Kyla; a rare, independent spirit who both excited and frustrated Martyn. But much of Martyn’s voyaging was undertaken alone, encountering a variety of places, situations and characters along the way. He attempted his long-awaited sail out to St Kilda through the teeth of a storm, believing that achieving this feat would bring him the freedom and clarity that he craved. What he came up against was far more testing and turbulent than the tides and gales of the North Atlantic. As he sailed back to the mainland things fell into place: a sense of achievement in completing the arduous voyage alone, but – most of all – an understanding of who he is, clarity on his relationship with Kyla and a real sense of his own freedom.

About The Author

Martyn Murray worked in nature conservation, living for many years in the wilds of Africa. He sailed with his father in the Western Isles in his youth. He has also written The Storm Leopard and a bite-sized adaption of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species.



PART ONE: 1. Wild Boat Chase, 2. Dog Watch, 3. Did We Mean To Go To Sea?, 4. Fatal Flaw, 5. In the Wake of Saints

PART TWO: 6. Glorious Day of Salvage, 7. The Sea Gypsy, 8. Molio’s Cave, 9. Mull of Kintyre, 10. Fiddler’s Green, 11. Ring of Bright Bubbles, 12. Stormbound, 13. Wild Mountain Thyme

PART THREE: 14. Cup and Ring, 15. Wolf Island, 16. Isle of The Great Women, 17. Battle of Dreams, 18. The Dark Laird, 19. Piloting a Craft Called Freedom, 20. Flight of the Fulmar, 21. Abode of Ancestors, 22. Running Free


“A very enjoyable read.”

- Royal Cruising Club, March 2018

“A Wild Call would be a good read for many, especially those with an interest in sailing and the Scottish waters. The book also covers themes such as love and friendship throughout, making it heart-warming and enjoyable to read. Overall, A Wild Call is a very gentle and satisfying book.”

- Scottish Field, March 2018

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