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An illustrated handbook on Scotland's mountains above 3,000 ft, which provides details of a range of routes to each of the 277 summits, alongside information on distances and climbing times, with hill-shaded route maps and OS Map sheet numbers.
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In spite of making one or two slightly disparaging remarks about those of us who gang to the hielands purely for the purpose of bagging Munros, the author has put together what must surely be (for the price, at least) the ultimate Munro baggers Bible. This really is a bargain. Reduced from £10.00? The price on the dust flap reads £25.00, and that wouldn't be extortionate. But what exactly is it? It's not big and lavish enough to sit on your coffee table, but too big and lavish to stuff into your rucksack, so what do you do with it? I think this book will come into its own on those winter evenings that are too miserable to venture outside, but just right for planning your next foray or two into the hills. How such a mass of detail about all 284 Munros has been packed into such a modestly sized and modestly priced volume is nothing short of miraculous. This is a book for planning the broad strategy of your Munro campaign, not it's fine details. The small scale route maps are no substitute for large scale walking maps, though they are very clear and oriented the 'right' way, with North always towards the top of the page. (Walking books that don't follow this convention - and there are some - are so annoying!) Routes up each of the hills are described, sometimes with alternatives, with added information such as distances and estimated times of each walk, meanings and correct pronunciations of Scottish names, access points and OS maps covering the routes. There is also a list of all of the Munros with their heights and numbers, and a page each on access and mountain safety. There is inspiration as well as information in the descriptions and photographs of the mountains. The photographs are very bright and clear, though there is a preponderance of winter shots, which makes me wonder whether the author might have had his own reasons for not making the hills look too enticing to the average walker. The book is well bound, and looks as though it will stand a lot of use. If you want just one book on the Munros, one that will be useful as well as decorative, then you couldn't really go wrong with this one.Read more ›
I consider this book the most valuable shopping I made in Scotland. Without the description in this book I wouldn't be able to plan my (usually two week) hollidays in Scotland from home. The Route descriptions are generally good to follow and the stated times, distances and climbed heights offer a good hint to the difficulty of the trip.
This book is unbelievable value. It is a glossy coffee-table combining beautiful photographs taken at all times of year with text and diagrams showing the recommended routes up all 284 munros. This book is essential to anyone who has ever walked in Scotland and will definitley tempt you to walk some more
A very useful book. Great maps and pictures. Perfect for planning your trips and nice just to sit and browse through when you're wishing you were on the hills. Some of the routes are different to the routes I would chose but that's not always a bad thing.