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A Bit Scott-ish: Pedalling Through Scotland in Search of Adventure, Nature and Lemon Drizzle Cake [Paperback]

Mike Carden
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Book Description

1 Dec 2009
"In A Bit Scott-ish", his follow-up to "The Full English", Mike Carden rediscovers Scotland with the same wry sense of humour as his first book. "A Bit Scott-ish" is the tale of a journey through Scotland, chance encounters with locals and fellow travellers, delving into Scotland's tumultuous history, surviving storm and wind, and discovering just how hopeless it is possible to be at Nature. And at finding the way. And at quite a few other things as well. The author pedals via the Orkney Islands, the flow country of Sutherland, the Cairngorm mountains, rolling Perthshire, historic Stirling, the rocky coast of Fife, the romantic city of Edinburgh and the Borders, bringing his own descriptive style to a beautiful land.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bike Ride Books (1 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955660211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955660214
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mike Carden is the author of three books relating the story of bike rides.

Told with humour, with stories of the peoples and places he visits, and with an eye to history and heritage, they strike a chord with cyclists and non-cyclists alike. The latest book is 'A Lake District Grand Tour. Pedalling through Lakeland: The Challenge, The History, The Wildlife, The Scones.'

Reviews have been enthusiastic:

- Cumbria Life Magazine: 'Relaxed and chatty with a ready wit. His humorous observations are reminiscent of Stuart Maconie's travelogues but with added panting and pedalling.'

- Cycletourer website: 'If this book doesn't get you itching to get your bike over to the Lake District and explore it, I don't know what will!'

Previous books:

The Full English: Pedalling through England, Mid-Life Crisis and Truly Rampant Man-Flu has been described as 'warm, well observed, unpretentious and very funny'(Adventure Travel magazine).

A Bit Scott-ish: Pedalling through Scotland in search of Adventure, Nature and Lemon Drizzle Cake followed and is told with 'almost unquenchable good humour' (Velo Vision cycling magazine).

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"Mike Carden has done it again. His combination of gentle winning humour set against some of the most powerful backdrops from Scottish history is simply a great read. Come with him on his 600-plus mile journey the length of Scotland and he'll tell you why tartan was banned (before making a very fashionable comeback), where the Holy Grail might be buried and why pasties are important to cyclists - and not just as a source of energy..." Richard Peace, cycling journalist, creator of the Ultimate UK Cycle Route Planner and publisher of the Excellent Books range of cycling guide books"

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Scottish 13 Jan 2010
After reading `The Full English I was sincerely hoping there would be a Scottish sequel and here it is `A Bit Scott-ish'!

Mike again teams up with his talkative two-wheeled friend `Scott' to travel the length of Scotland in search of nature, whiskey miniatures and a desire to keep his vitamin C levels up by a quest for Lemon drizzle cake! Mike cycles from the Orkney Islands in the north, across the flow country, through the Scottish highlands past Stirling and Edinburgh, before crossing the lowland border country to finish at Berwick-upon-Tweed, the finishing point of his previous trip.

With Mike's engaging and witty style you are soon travelling alongside him as he takes on the mountains, copes with the elements of a Scottish summer and being directionally challenged. Intermingled with the descriptions of the wonderful scenery, Mike weaves in the history of the places he visits. From the Italian chapel built by Italian POW's in the second world war, through the Highland clearances, the Jacobite rebellion to the exploits of the Scottish heroes Robert the Bruce and William Wallace. Not only is it a cycle travelogue it is nearly a mini potted history of Scotland.

Well Mike certainly has done it again, a most enjoyable read. It certainly encouraged us to think about a tour through Scotland!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Scott-ish 10 Jun 2010
An engaging sequel to The Full English. This time, still in the acerbic company of his bike, Scott, Mike Carden heads generally south from Orkney, braving a paranoid Aberdonian, traffic on the A9 and a looming Vitamin C deficiency. Self-deprecating and funny, with a deep appreciation of the Scottish landscape, the book is a tribute to a richly varied country and its history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cycling book for the non lycra wearing cyclist 29 May 2010
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I really enjoy Mikes books. This is the second that he has wrote about cycling, the first being 'The full English'. If like me, you are the type of cyclist who regularly get overtaken by fit looking people on even fitter looking racing bikes, yet still enjoy your cycle tours, then these books will provide you with a giggle. Reading the books has pushed me from being a cycling commuter, to starting touring myself, the only difference to Mike though, is that I prefer to stay in BnBs rather than youth hostels, I cant sleep with other people snoring (and more) in the room!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Scottish 6 Jan 2010
A bit scottish is an unpretentious book about a cycle ride through the length of Scotland. Mike Carden's laid back approach makes the book reader feel comfortable and his journey realistic. Peppered with small facts about places to visit and things to see, he whets the appetite making you feel you would like to re-visit in person. Mike finds good natured humour in everyday happenings, people and places making the book a very good read. I enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a really good read 26 Oct 2013
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This book is very entertaining and very informative. I've given this book to all my cycling friends. It arrived very quickly too.
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