Scotland (Lonely Planet Country Guides) Paperback – 1 Apr 2008
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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...
Scotland is a gloriously living place, so changes occur which would account for occasionally being out of date, as complained of by other contributors.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.
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We did find that information on admission prices was out of date quite often and the information on Orkney was a bit light.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!
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.
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Scotland (Lonely planet country guides)
is nice and detailed descriptions and we look forward to explore scotlands wild beautiful north
We went camping round the highlands & islands and this book proved invaluable on more than one occasion. Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2012 by Stu B
As usual with Lonely Planet guides (and I must own close to a dozen bought over many years of travel), this is simply the best one-volume guide to the whole country I could find. Read morePublished on 24 Oct. 2011 by strozzapreti
I bought this book as we are going to Scotland later this year and I was told it was a good book and I was told right it is a great book I have chosen lots of places I want to... Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2011 by Mrs. L. Milson
Very good book, gives a good overview of all the areas of Scotland, what to do and where to stay. Useful information, Lonely Planet does it again. Highly recommendedPublished on 6 Aug. 2010 by P. McCarthy
This book was probably one of the most useful things I bought last summer for my trip to Scotland.
I took a tour of the whole country and the book always helped me when I... Read more
The book arrived within days in perfect condition, much cheaper than it would have been in the shop. Ideal.Published on 21 May 2009 by R. Pratt