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Scotland (Lonely Planet Country Guides) Paperback – 1 Apr 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 5th Revised edition edition (1 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741047250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741047257
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...for the adventurous traveler who wants to live like a native.' --Real Simple Magazine, June 2005


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We own a guest house in Stonehaven, Scotland and my motivation for purchasing this book was to put it in the Guest's Lounge as a resource for tourists to the area.
Unfortunately, for a book that is supposed to be specialising in Scotland, found it a bit lacking in coverage. Even the Rough Guide to Britain (which has 4 countries to cover) managed to get the attractions in and around Stonehaven in! (e.g. Harbour, Dunnottar Castle, Birdwatching etc).
I'm off to purchase Scotland - The Rough Guide. Hopefully it'll be more useful for our guests...
S&y
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This member of the renowned Lonely Planet series was an essential tool in helping me plan and conduct a family holiday tour around the highlands. All the information I wanted was supplied, including phone numbers of key helpers (such as lone operators - real heroes of rural Scotland - to complete otherwise isolating gaps in transport).
Scotland is a gloriously living place, so changes occur which would account for occasionally being out of date, as complained of by other contributors. From my summer's experience, each element appeared current and reliable.
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we used this for a trip North of the border, and it was a great asset for planning things to do in Scotland .. very useful if you've never been before.
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The Scotland Lonely Planet guide gave us very good advice about road trips, maps, accomodation and fun! I believe I will buy another Lonely Planet guide next time I travel.
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Lonely planet - whilst it does consist mainly of written pages with just a few photographs and maps, is a perfect partner to the top 10. Here you will find the best resturants that usually the locals go to, which are value for money and of excellent quality. You dont need to read everything but if you want great places to stay for what ever your budget and like wise for eating out, then you will be very happy with your purchase. Of course it does also give you extra information about places of interest, which if you don't mind reading or have found in the top 10 but want a bit more info, then this is your book.
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I found this guide frustrating to use for planning a trip as the layout meant that you could be looking at one page with information on Killin and then the next page catapulted you 50 plus miles to Culross on the coast of Fife.

I would have prefered the information on places to be laid out in a more sequential fashion.

The only way to make much use of the book as a planning tool is to start at page one and then note all the things of interest in place X, you then have to go through the book repeating the process for each place whilst also trying to figure out where it all is on a big map. This is all very time consuming and I gave up after several days.

We took the book with us and it was of some use for finding things once we got somewhere, but this was a big trip for us and we wanted to be well prepared in advance.

We did find that information on admission prices was out of date quite often and the information on Orkney was a bit light. A wider choice of recommended B&Bs and pubs would have been good too.

In summary, if you don't mind stumbling around Scotland and using the book to learn a bit about where you've arrived, then the book is OK. BUT if you want an easy way to plan your trip in advance, you should look for something different!
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I was shocked to read this book. Although the Lonely Planet series is generally very good, this edition made me really doubt whether what they say in other guides is actually true.
I now stay in Glasgow, but am not a native. I was shocked to read what they had to say about the city. They couldn't have got it more wrong. Telling all tourists to say they support Partick Thistle, come on! I am neither a supporter of Rangers or Celtic, and have never once been asked what football team I support, and I have lived in the city for three years. It makes you wonder really whether they have visited the city that they write about.
Glasgow is the most vibrant city in Scotland, and according to the National Geographic, the most vibrant in Europe. It was European City of Culture in 1990, UK City of Architecture and Design in 1999 and European Capital of Sport in 2003. This does not sound like a city that is entrenched with bigotry. Whats more, it has the best curry reataurants in the UK, not to mention one of the best variety of other restaurants as well. It has the best shops in the British Isles outside of London. It has a very trendy nightlife. This is the city that exists, not the one that the Lonely Planet guide portrays.
I feel that as this guide does not do justice to the city, I should perhaps do a bit of selling of it.
If you want the true Irish experience, come to Glasgow, not Dublin or Belfast. Glasgow has the class of Dublin, mixed in with the friendliness of the rest of Ireland. If you want the best most manageable shopping, come to Glasgow, not London. If you want a very trendy city, don't go to London or Paris, come to Glasgow. If you want a bit of sporting competition, come to Glasgow. Who knows, you might even enjoy a Rangers-Celtic match.
Glasgow is the friendly city!
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