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Scotland the Best Paperback – 3 Dec 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (3 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007258887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007258888
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The only guide worth a damn'
The Scotsman

'Infallible and quite brilliant'
Daily Telegraph

'Makes all other guides to Scotland redundant'
The Sunday Times

'Apart from a clever structure and the highest journalistic standards, this book is a joy. The clever thing about such opinionated copy is that pretty soon one picks up the character of the writer, and thus can get a much more accurate and tactile impression of a place than from so-called even handed reports. This book can only enhance the pleasure of visiting or living in Scotland'

About the Author

Peter Irvine is a director of two of the leading edge events companies in Scotland who produce most of the major public events in Glasgow and Edinburgh, including the annual Glasgow Art Fair and Edinburgh's Hogmanay, which is now the biggest New Year festival in the world.

In 2000 Peter Irvine was given the Thistle award for his personal contribution to tourism in Scotland and in 2002 gained another Thistle award for the Glasgow Art Fair.

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As a Scot, living in Scotland, this is the one guide book that I refer to again and again. When holidaying in Scotland, we plan whole days around this book. We'll plan a scenic route to see a waterfall or a good walk with the dog. We'll work out what eaterie we're going to have lunch in, and invariably, we'll be staying in a hotel, B&B or guest house recommended by this guide and have a pint in one of its suggested pubs.

The thing I like most about this guide is that it's not neccessarily "Scotland The Most Expensive". It has everything from "Best Fish and Chip Shops" through to top michelin starred restaurants. All this via "Best Waterfalls", "Best Woodland Walks", "Best Scenic Drives" etc. etc.

Once you get into the way this book works (persevere - you will get used to its indexing), it becomes indispensible.

Don't visit Scotland without a copy in your bag.
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My response to the reviewer who said that this book only works if you live in Scotland is simple: I disagree. I am based in the Midlands of England and really found this guide invaluable to a great holiday.

Scotland the Best stands head and shoulders above its rival publications. Unlike the others, it does not simply state go here and see this, and go there and see that. If you are looking for a region by region guide, look elsewhere - or get both, but do not travel to Scotland on holiday without this book!

Peter Irvine's fantastic work is in a class of its own because he informs you of the places that he regards as best in each category. From my recent two-week trip to Scotland, I can confirm that most of his recommendations were highly credible. For instance, I visited some of the places that appeared under the headings "Famously Big Attractions" and "Other Unmissables", "Main Attractions" in Edinburgh, "Fantastic Beaches", "The Great Glens", "The Most Spectacular Waterfalls", "The Lochs We Love", "The Scenic Routes", and "The Best Castles". I was rarely disappointed with the recommendations. In fact, some of them were fantastic, such as the 4 top-rated glens, the 2 best-regarded lochs, 4 of the best scenic routes and 3 of the best castles.

There is much more in the book, such as places to eat and their price ranges, best places to stay, etc. Simply essential!
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Agree with some reviews on this page that it is not easy to get into. True. But the moment you treat the guide as a book and start reading you would understand the logic and then there is no stopping you looking for the references indicated. We used Scotland The Best for preparation of our trip and I must say the places we stayed in and dined were exceptional. It is a shame we had only 5 days in Scotland, but I am sure we would be back with the same author. Have heard that the new revision is out soon, but for 2009-2010 this one is still very much up to date.
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