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The Munros and then some!,
This review is from: The Munros: A Walkhighlands Guide (Paperback)
When I heard Paul and Helen Webster had published a book on the Munros as part of their pocket book series, I was very interested. Paul and Helen are the owners of the `Walkhighlands' web site, which is probably the most respected and reliable web site dedicated to hill/walking in Scotland. Rather than rushing out to buy another book on the Munros however, I borrowed my friend's copy first (and then I rushed out to buy my own copy!).
I had a look at the route guides to some of the Munros I was already familiar with first of all, and I was impressed that they were easy to follow and more than accurate (yup, that's the way I went, that's the way I remember). I say more than accurate because, even though it is my local Munro and I have walked it a few times, even I didn't know that you only have to stand on a nearby metal jetty on Loch Lomond to get a first glimpse of Ben Lomond at the start of the walk! (Ben Lomond is not visible from the car park).
The book has some fantastic photographs in it (of course it does, it's about the majestic, awesome, breath-taking mountains of Scotland), but the most important thing about it is that it's pocket book weight is deceptive, and it packs a powerful punch in terms of detail. In fact I shouldn't really be admitting this, but it also provides the reader with all the information they need to get the most out of Munro-bagging and being part of the hill/walking community in Scotland: the bothies to visit; the pubs hill walkers frequent to enjoy a post-walk pint and hang their woolly socks to dry by the fire (e.g. the Clachaig Inn in Glencoe); and the perfect post-walk eating places/things to eat (e.g. a famous pie in Lochinver). (We hill/walkers in Scotland like to keep these wee gems to ourselves so sssshhhh).
If you are a serious Munro-bagger, then this book is for you. If, like me, you just love the hills and outdoors in Scotland, then this book is for you too. As I have described, it is a guide to the Munros and then some.