We have used Rough Guides for every holiday we have been on, be it a city break, beach holiday or trip into the wilderness. They always seem to give a great range of reviews for every type of holiday and for every budget. We used the Scottish Holidays & Islands to tour the West Coast/Central Highlands and when you're up there in the remotest of places with no mobile signal you need a book you can rely on to find your next attraction, night's sleep or place to eat! The detailed town maps ensure you don't miss the sights in any given area and larger regional maps help to navigate a longer tour. The book is also split into chapters each dealing with a different area of the Highlands, which helps find what you're looking for quickly and easily. The 'Things not to Miss' pages at the beginning of each chapter are useful if you're short on time and need to pack a lot into your time and includes colour photos. There is also interesting 'Context' chapter which provides historical and cultural information about The Highlands to help make the most of your trip. Would recommend to anyone for any sort of holiday.short break to The Highlands, without a doubt.
This 440-page book - the 7th (print) edition of May 2014 - is an interesting and readable (the two are not always found together) guide to the Highlands & Islands of the Kingdom of Scotland. Unlike many guides, this is not a glossy booklet dotted with colourful photographs to make it look superficially attractive, but a (literally) rough guide in terms of comparative paper finishes, but well-designed and presented, with readable text, useful maps, and (well-chosen) photographs only where space allowed. The excellent design and layout means that you don’t need unnecessary spot illustrations to break up column after column of small-printed data.
The Contents are P004: Introduction (Where to go, when to go, what to see etc.) P026: Basics (travel & touristy stuff) P048: The Guide (with mini-listings contained within each section) P050: Argyll P126: The Central Highlands P182: The Great Glen P214: The north & northwest Highlands P270: Skye & the Small Isles P294: The Western Isles P330: Orkney P370: Shetland P404: Contexts (history, articles, etc.) P421: Language guide (No, really.) P427: Index
A most useful guide as it does not try to cover all of Scotland and so is able to concentrate the reader upon the magnificent Highlands, the Western Isles and the Northern Isles. We used this guide before during and after a recent visit to the Highlands and over to the length of the Western Isles and found it informative and most useful.