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The Holiday Planning Guide to Shetland Paperback – 14 Jul 2003
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On the down side are its price, which is not the cheapest, the fact that it shows no practical info like 'where to stay' and 'where to eat', the quality of its binding, which fell apart on day 2... (low quality glue, it seems), and the lack of a basic map (lots of tiny maps are used throughout the book).
In regards to the rational approach used in the book, it does help to create customised itineraries, but the lack of a proper narrative doesn't tempt the user to learn about the place himself so that he can make up his own itineraries.
This said, I don't want to be too negative, there is obviously a lot of research work done in the book, so it is well worth considering, just don't hope on getting info on where to stay...
On another note, in the local tourist office in Lerwick (Shetland), we found the local Shetland Tourist Board magazine which has lots of info about the individual places in Shetland. This can replace a guidebook in this respect. There is also another magazine listing quite a few B&Bs.
Finally some more feedback for the author: it would help if at the top of the pages it was indicated the chapter the page is referring to. It would help readers finding its way around it.
Hope this helps.
This is an excellent INDEPENDENT guidebook, not part of any series. It offers a good mix of narrative,photos, maps and opinions. This book took me to places that others don't even mention - to Muckle Roe, to Fethaland and to Lunda Wick on Unst where I saw an otter. A must for any visitor.
The Holiday Planning Guide to Shetland is fantastic guide to Shetland. The maps/guides/directions are clearly and succinctly written and proved to be an excellent guide to how to get the most out of our Shetland Holiday.
Robin Holmes writing style is clear and vivid, the way he described the walk on Muckle Roe really brought the sandstone cliffs and outstanding coastal scenery to life.
This is a superb book.
I choose this book not only for the planning content, but for the way it was written by the author, you gain a real sense of his enthusisam and passion for Shetland, it jumps of the page, there is also honesty and humour, very important in deciding what to include/exclude in a trip.
The '5 Stars' test for me of an excellent guide book is, if it educates me, so that I have a feel for the country, its history and its people. I learn something new about the country I am about to visit. It leaves me with an enhanced air anticipation/excitment on my impending trip. This book does all this and much more.
I am sure Shetland will get even more visitors as a result of this excellent guide book - I am now really looking forward to my trip.
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