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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner
I loved Volume 1 so was really pleased when Volume 2 got released. Glad to see VG have stuck with the winning formula; a pocket sized guide in an easy to use format that gets you to the area and gets you out enjoying some great trails with the minimum effort. And this guide definitely ticks the boxes. If you are on home turf you are probably familiar with the trails...
Published on 27 Nov 2012 by Mr. Christopher N. Fryer

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3.0 out of 5 stars Guide book of surprises
I was excited when I spotted this set of mountain biking route guide books for Scotland, as I had really enjoyed riding a lot of the routes in other guides like the one by Harry Henniker. I have however been disappointed with this guide. There are many great points about these books - the variety of routes is impressive, the route descriptions are sufficiently detailed...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner, 27 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Scotland Mountain Biking: Wild Trails Vol.2 (Paperback)
I loved Volume 1 so was really pleased when Volume 2 got released. Glad to see VG have stuck with the winning formula; a pocket sized guide in an easy to use format that gets you to the area and gets you out enjoying some great trails with the minimum effort. And this guide definitely ticks the boxes. If you are on home turf you are probably familiar with the trails described, as they are definitely of the best known non "trailcentre" trails in the country. Still useful to have them all in one book for reference though. The guide really comes into its own away from home though, as has all the information readily available and saves you having to fork out for dozens of OS maps. The intro notes that this guide is intended to cover "tougher" trails - steeper and faster, whereas Vol 1 seemed to cover the longer "big days out". That said, there is still something for everyone here, but if you are a newbie I would get Vol 1 first.

All in all a great package, good value and an ideal stocking filler.
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5.0 out of 5 stars some great routes, 8 Dec 2013
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It seems strange reviewing a book having only done one ride from it (Dun rig at peebles). But that was a cracker and I have done many rides from the other books in this series. The isle of lewis ride has joined my list of rides to fo before I die it looks stunning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Biking book, 12 Jan 2013
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This was bought as a present and was well received. It will be used this year for biking adventures in Scotland
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3.0 out of 5 stars Guide book of surprises, 28 July 2013
This review is from: Scotland Mountain Biking: Wild Trails Vol.2 (Paperback)
I was excited when I spotted this set of mountain biking route guide books for Scotland, as I had really enjoyed riding a lot of the routes in other guides like the one by Harry Henniker. I have however been disappointed with this guide. There are many great points about these books - the variety of routes is impressive, the route descriptions are sufficiently detailed to help with route finding along the way, the books themselves are nice and compact so can easily be carried in a small rucsac, and the map extracts are detailed and cover the whole route; so the book really is an all in one package. However, I have experienced some errors in route choices and descriptions when I have actually ridden the routes and this has caused me to question whether the author has really ridden all the routes, or has simply made errors in transcribing the routes to the guide. For example, the Isle of Harris route - it is recommended that the route is ridden anti-clockwise (it is better if ridden clock-wise in my opinion and that of other riders I have met, including a number of Harris locals), the route recommends taking the right hand fork from the summit of the Postman's trail, which then requires a traverse west to the head of the sealoch (this path is faint, unrideable, and involves crossing a couple of burn gullies), the guide claims a sandy beach at the head of the sealoch ( it is rocky, not sandy, although still a lovely spot). This example illustrates some of the problems I have encountered with the guide. I still use the guide, but take the route gradings with a large pinch of salt and go fully expecting some surprises, its just really annoying when you cycle 40km and find the route would have been so much better in reverse, or if the left fork would have been better than the right fork - surely this is the insight that the author and guidebook should be providing in advance??
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