on 29 December 2013
I was looking for a book to provide better detail of the Sustrans cycle routes in Scotland with a view to planning some long distance day rides or tours. Unfortunately this book, while detailed in description only covers 28 routes of between about 7 and 35 miles. Fine for this purpose, but no good for anyone looking to do some long rides or tours. So unfortunately for this purpose this is only of limited value.
While I've only given it two stars, I actually blame Amazon (or the publishers for their provided description) because the product description doesn't provide an accurate summary of the content, just a generic description of the book series. David Byrne's foreword actually says it all in a perverse kind of way; "I've seen people on biking holidays in the Highlands and on the West coast of Ireland. Masochists if you ask me.....". Clearly this is a book intended for the recreational cyclist, or those wishing to cycle with family.
Sadly, while I support the Sustrans mission of promoting safe cycling routes in our glorius country, finding enough detail of the routes and the suitability of the surfaces to road bikes, has so far eluded me. Even their maps don't describe surfaces in enough detail, which is very surprising. Without this, the more serious road cyclists will simply be left to plan routes themselves, which surely defeats the Sustrans raison d'etre.
on 16 March 2014
This is part of a series of National Cycle Network routes...this one covers 28 favourites from the South to the North of Scotland.
With clear to read maps and info. on difficulty, places to eat and things to do once you get there, it's a mine of information for any cyclist,single, couple of cycling as a family.Usually £9.99 but cheaper through Amazon.