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The Rough Guide to Scottish Highlands & Islands [Paperback]

Rob Humphreys , Darren (Norm) Longley , Helena Smith , James Stewart , Steve Vickers
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1 May 2014 Rough Guide to...

The new, full-colour Rough Guide to the Scottish Highlands & Islands is the definitive travel guide to this untamed region, with detailed, stylish maps and stunning photography to bring it all to life. From the deserted white strands of South Harris to moody Glen Coe, this is the perfect place to drop off the radar, whether you're camping wild or staying in a boutique bolthole. The Munro summits are as much of a challenge as ever, and the Highlands are also stuffed with myriad other opportunities for adventure, from world-class sea kayaking and mountain biking to near empty surf-breaks. Whether you're travelling by car, bike or public transport the guide's comprehensive travel advice will help you navigate your way around easily and point you in the direction of incredible animals such as puffins and whales. Up-to-date and honest reviews of all the best accommodation and home-grown, fresh eating options for all budgets will all ensure that you maximize your time in this, the most stunning part of Scotland.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 7 edition (1 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409339866
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409339861
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Rough Guide to be relied upon 10 Jun 2014
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We have used Rough Guides for every holiday we have been on, be it a city break, beach holiday or trip into the wilderness. They always seem to give a great range of reviews for every type of holiday and for every budget.
We used the Scottish Holidays & Islands to tour the West Coast/Central Highlands and when you're up there in the remotest of places with no mobile signal you need a book you can rely on to find your next attraction, night's sleep or place to eat!
The detailed town maps ensure you don't miss the sights in any given area and larger regional maps help to navigate a longer tour. The book is also split into chapters each dealing with a different area of the Highlands, which helps find what you're looking for quickly and easily.
The 'Things not to Miss' pages at the beginning of each chapter are useful if you're short on time and need to pack a lot into your time and includes colour photos.
There is also interesting 'Context' chapter which provides historical and cultural information about The Highlands to help make the most of your trip.
Would recommend to anyone for any sort of holiday.short break to The Highlands, without a doubt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 26 May 2014
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Bought for a present as the person is going to tour the Western Highlands and Islands so it's a great source of information. It was also updated this year and has lots of information about other places in Scotland
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4.0 out of 5 stars It does what it sets out to do and does it well. 14 July 2014
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A most useful guide as it does not try to cover all of Scotland and so is able to concentrate the reader upon the magnificent Highlands, the Western Isles and the Northern Isles. We used this guide before during and after a recent visit to the Highlands and over to the length of the Western Isles and found it informative and most useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Highlands & Islands... 10 Jun 2014
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Even by Scottish standards, the legendary Highlands are off the beaten path, requiring a little extra effort to reach, but rewarding the persistent traveler with stunning natural scenery (weather permitting) and many locations of historical interest. This 2014 edition is the latest version of the Rough Guide to the Scottish Highlands & Islands, with updated content and a slightly revised format.

The Highlands and Islands are located north of Glasgow and Edinburgh, and west of Aberdeen, which with Inverness are the principal entry points into the region. It is a surprisingly large area with few major population centers and a thin transportation and hospitality infrastructure. The elbow room and the opportunity to wander are a magnet for many visitors, but planning ahead is recommended, especially to reach some of the remoter islands.

This guide is divided by geographic area: the southeast coast of Argyll, the Central Highlands including the Cairngorms, the Great Glen including Loch Ness, sparsely populated Northern Scotland, Skye, the Western Isles, Orkney, and the Shetlands. Each section discusses items of interest such as castles, lochs, mountain walking, whisky distilleries, and museums. The sections include maps and graphics of the few towns, along with information on how to get there and where to eat and to stay. This edition also includes lots of websites and a healthy if limited selection of color photographs. There are practical hints on how to avoid school holidays and how to minimize the impact of the highly variable weather.

This reviewer's favorite area is the vast Cairngorms National Park, set in the rugged Grampian Mountains but easily explored by day trips from any of several pleasant small towns such as Braemar, which also hosts the annual Highland Gathering, a celebrated highland games often attended by members of the British royal family from nearby Balmoral Castle. Many towns in the Highlands have their own games. Pitlochry, for example, has theirs in September, a true municipal celebration of highland culture that includes competitive highland dancing and a huge bagpipe band competition along with the usual athletics, all in the town's riverside park.

With averagely good weather, the Scottish Highlands and Islands provide superb opportunities to explore, whether on foot or bike, or by automobile or train (or even ferry). The region and this guide are highly recommended.
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