Travel Guide Books Scotland

Travel Guide Book Scotland - What to read before you go

 

‘As befits the home of tartan and whisky, simple definitions don’t really suit Scotland. Clichéd images of the place abound – postcards of wee Highland terriers, tartan tins of shortbread, ranks of diamond-patterned golf jerseys … and they drive many Scots to apoplexy. And yet Scotland has a habit of delivering on its classic images: in some parts ruined castles really do perch on just about every hilltop, in summer the glens inevitably turn purple with heather and if you end up in a village on gala day you just might bump into a formation of bagpipers marching down the street.

Travelling to Scotland? Here are our recommended travel guidebooks & maps to help you get the most of your adventure.

Best for first-time travellers to Scotland

9780007559343 - Travel Guide Books Scotland
Scotland the Best

‘Some people rate this book as the best Scottish tour guide book of them all, and you can’t help thinking they are correct. Written by Peter Irvine this excellent book is worth every penny you pay, said to be the only tour book that the Scots buy themselves, and won awards from the Tourist Industry, this book is becoming one of the best tour guides in modern times, and is recommended by tour guides all over Scotland.’

Highlights:

  • Discover stunning scenery, landscapes and historical highlights
  • Find the best coastal walks, city strolls and sight-seeing spots
  • Eat at the best local cafés and regional restaurants

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Rough Guide to Scotland

The Rough Guide to Scotland is an excellent comprehensive guide, providing heaps of information and detailed coverage of the whole country. It covers the country's rich cultural heritage, from the legendary live music venues in Glasgow to the countless enlightening folk centres in the Highlands. It contains information on where to eat and drink in Scotland, with detailed coverage of whisky distillery tours and advice on the best restaurants and pubs in the country. Whether you spend your time searching for ruined hilltop castles, hunting down mythical beasts in deep lochs or island-hopping around the Hebrides, The Rough Guide to Scotland has it covered.

Lonely Planet Scotland is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sip the water of life, whisky, in an ancient pub, trace the trails of the clanspeople fleeing Glen Coe, or play a round in St Andrew’s, golf’s spiritual home; all with your trusted travel companion.

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Lonely Planet Scotland

Lonely Planet Scotland is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sip the water of life, whisky, in an ancient pub, trace the trails of the clanspeople fleeing Glen Coe, or play a round in St Andrew’s, golf’s spiritual home; all with your trusted travel companion.

Highlights:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots

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Best for travellers on a tour group

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Insight Guides Scotland

This is the ideal guidebook for anyone travelling to Scotland on an organised tour. It’s lighter on logistics (accommodation, transport, etc) than the guidebooks listed above, but on a tour you don’t need that as it’s all taken care of for you. What makes this guidebook really useful, besides the information it provides on what to see, are the background features and stunning photography it contains.

Highlights:

  • tunning photography brings this delightful country and its people to life.
  • Highlights of the country's top attractions, from city highlights to epic castles, the mountainous highlands, and Britain's largest body of water, Loch Lomond.
  • Descriptive region-by-region accounts cover the whole country from the capital, Edinburgh, historic and elegant, to the country's rugged islands.

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Best map