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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Second edition edition (6 Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0004723996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0004723990
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 12.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,958,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The new style bible’
Sunday Times

‘Nowadays, if you’re not in Scotland the Best!, you might as well give up’
Hotelier, Wester Ross

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'Scotland the Best! 'was first published in 1993. Since then its reputation has grown as the guide to all the very best Scotland has to offer. It has been widely praised in reviews, by awards from the Tourist industry and, above all, by delighted readers from all over the world.

This is the guide to help you experience all that is excellent about Scotland. Whether you live here or are visiting, why settle for the second-rate when you can be guided to so much that is superb? Peter Irvine’s personal guide provides thousands of recommendations covering a multitude of topics including the best places to stay (whatever your budget), the best beaches, the best ice-cream, the best hill walks, the best bakers, the best spooky places, the best seafood, the best places to take kids, the best ceildhs, and so the list goes on.

This new edition will be the best ever – expanded, updated and revised. Peter Irvine has reassessed every recommendation to see whether it is still worthy of inclusion so ensuring that the book continues to live up to its name and newly discovered gems have been added to all the existing categories.

However well you know Scotland, Peter Irvine will guide you to something excitingly new.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Nov. 1998
Format: Paperback
I was impressed with the fact that some of the places I consider to be excellent in and around Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland were in here. It wasn't the big places that impressed me - it was the fact that wee cafe's such as Carmine's Pizza and Pasta and The New Dolphin chipper were in there.
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Apart from a clever structure and the highest journalistic standards, this book is a joy. The clever thing about such opinionated copy is that pretty soon one picks up the character of the writer, and thus can get a much more accurate and tactile impression of a place than from so-called even handed reports. This book can only enhance the pleasure of visiting or living in Scotland.
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By A Customer on 17 April 2000
Format: Paperback
The plain truth is that this book does not put foot wrong: every one of the places that I have visited on Mr Irvine's recommendation has lived up to or exceeded it's billing. As a Scot living 'down south', I'd be grateful if someone would tackle a similar project for England.
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Something to keep in the glove compartment of the car. Whether visiting for business or pleasure, whether a half day, a weekend or a week you will find something useful. Lets people see the 'real' Scotland of today and yesterday.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Funny, unconventional, and TRUE! 2 Sept. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a big hit with visitors and Scottish residents alike. Although the format is unconventional (lists of the best of X, where X ranges from upmarket hotels to spooky graveyards), it can be used to guide the tourist to the best that Scotland can offer. On the other hand, as a 'local', I've found it opened my eyes to places and things I might never have noticed on my own. And the witty commentary prevents the lists becoming too much like, well, lists....
The reviews of places to stay and eat are very accurate - I've had a lot of fun eating out in Edinburgh and elsewhere to check out the recommendations!
Only negative point - I find the map references irritating to interpret - the map section could be formatted and printed more clearly.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
The True Scotland 22 April 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are going to Scotland, forget all the other travel books and buy "Scotland The Best." My family and I used it exclusively on two long trips to Scotland, mostly spent wandering around the Highlands and Western Isles. Irvine's book definitely has a point of view, which makes it entertaining reading. Most importantly, the reviews and recommendations are spot on. We found several places to eat, sleep and shop which no other book mentioned. And after you have visited Scotland, this is a great book to pour through as you plan your return visit (because you will go back!).
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Scotland the Best! The ONLY book you need... 20 Jun. 2003
By Lynne A. Sassi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a must for the Scottish visitor. I bought 5 books including Frommers driving tours (never touched it) and eyewitness guide (nice pictures, but we never used it). It was the only book we used. The book is outlined in several ways, either you can pick by the area you are, or certain interests. Either way, this is a book written by a Scot, and he knows the area very well. He covers everything from best waterfalls and scenery to best pubs, and the things you shouldn't miss. We felt like we had a guide with us the whole time telling us where to go for the best Scotland has to offer, and everything he said was right on! We found so many places off the beaten path, that as a tourist we never would have found on our own. This book is also very amusing and unbiased, as the author has a keen sense of humor and I found myself laughing several times at his honest approach. I believe this makes all of the difference when you want to have a good traveling experience. I would recommend this book to anyone who is going to Scotland, and also the Michelin map was extremely helpful. It got us everywhere without a problem!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Only One I Took Out Of The Suitcase 11 April 2003
By Genie B. Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
AS a well-prepared traveller, I spend WAY too much money on books and then have to cart them around the whole time. This time, I bought five books on Scotland and Edinburgh. As we travelled for five days, I noticed the book I continuously had out was Scotland the Best! At one stop at one of the "bloody good pubs" by Glencoe, we sat at a table next to Morag and Ian, both Scottish, married 35 years. They saw our book, grinned, and pulled out their own. They said they used it every weekend and kept it in the glovebox. How much more of a recommendation do you need? Buy this book and all the updates!
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