Aiming high

Scottish women have always been as brave, adventurous and intrepid as their male counterparts.

From solo travellers to the Far East like Isabella Bird Bishop in the 19th century to the first all-woman expedition to the Himalayas in 1955 and beyond.

These women aimed high, pushed physical and societal boundaries and left a quiet, enduring legacy.


This feature looks at the achievements of seven pioneering women from the 19th-20th centuries through some of their recollections and items in the National Library of Scotland.

From Greenland to Everest, China to the Alps, we celebrate some of their remarkable adventures.

It also includes downloadable learning activities mapped to the Curriculum for Excellence.