Caroline Finkel is an Ottoman historian of Scottish origin who has lived in Istanbul for some 30 years. She spent school holidays riding her pony on the sheepfarm where she grew up, and after 40 years, she again took up riding for the Evliya Çelebi Way project—of which she is co-founder and historical adviser, and co-author of the Evliya Çelebi Way guidebook. She has also written an updated guidebook (in English and Turkish) for the sections of the Way in İnegöl province.
Caroline’s history of the Ottoman empire—Osman’s Dream—has been published in several languages including Turkish. She is co-founder of the HikingIstanbul project of 20km day-hikes in Istanbul’s hinterland, and currently writing the historical chapters of the HikingIstanbul guidebook. She is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and a co-founder and board member of the Culture Routes in Turkey long-distance hiking society where, inter alia, she tries to keep abreast of the rapid change along the Evliya Çelebi Way.