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Great Glen Way (Rucksack Readers) Spiral-bound – 30 Jun 2002
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"Robust, waterproof, comprehensive and enjoyable, this Rucksack Reader is the "everything you could possibly want to know" guide to the Great Glen Way ... It provides route information and overview maps - plus detailed maps of the route through Fort William and Inverness. Nicely illustrated throughout, it also provides a wealth of background on the geography and history of the Great Glen, and on its wildlife and mountains. Whether you're looking for an easier alternative to the West Highland Way, or a serious extension to it, this book is an essential companion." Reviewed by Undiscovered Scotland "In Inverness I bought a copy of the best guide to the Inverness-Fort William leg of the drive ... It might seem eccentric to recommend a rucksackers' guide to motorists, but Megarry's little book is extremely well presented. It contains a fold-out map and a wealth of information about the Great Glen Way, its national history and what to do and watch out for, especially around Loch Ness." Reviewed in the Financial Times Supplement "This is a well-constructed and carefully thought-out guide which is enough to whet a walker's appetite for the long-distance route and entertaining enough to get some Invernessians out of town to see an oft-forgotten part of the local countryside. ...[It] takes in the majesty of Loch Ness, the engineering feat of the Caledonian Canal and the rich and varied natural history of the fault line." Reviewed by the Inverness Courier
This updated guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy a holiday walking along Scotland's historic Great Glen (73 miles/117 km). The Way runs between Fort William and Inverness, along the Caledonian Canal and past various lochs, including Loch Ness with its famous monster legend, and Urquhart Castle. This book contains all you need to plan and enjoy your holiday: drop-down map showing the whole route in five panels; waterproof paper throughout; in full colour, with over 60 photographs; visitor attractions and hills to climb (Munros, Corbetts and Grahams); town plans of Fort William and Inverness; special notes for people with no previous experience; background on local geology, history and wildlife; summary of each section showing distance, terrain and food/drink stops; planning information for travel by car, train, bus or plane.See all Product description
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The only disappointing aspect is the mapping, which resembles a road map.
This is possibly justified by waymarking on the ground, but if I were to undertake the walk (and I have walked around a half of it as a section of my End to End walk), I would prefer to rely on up to date 1:25000 Ordnance maps.
The directions are very good for getting out of Fort William and pretty good for arriving in Inverness, but between that they are particularly deficient for built-up locations, for example telling you merely that the turning is "near" something (on which side?) and sometimes failing to tell you which way to go along a road or when to leave it.
The background cultural information is better (though I had less chance to check it) but the walker needs first and foremost practical help to avoid gruelling wrong turns.
A really good format for reading the book with fold out content and it was waterproof! Was really useful seeing as one of the more taxing days for navigation it rained. Their website for Rucksack readers is really good aswell and you can even sample the books contents. got me thinking, where next??? Maybe Mount Kilimangaro!!
A good walk, worth the book and some additional web research.