Top positive review
An excellent Guide to the Outer Hebrides at last!
25 April 2017
Matt Wearing’s brief but unequivocal recommendation encouraged me to buy the new Bradt Guide to the Outer Hebrides by Mark Rowe. Finally someone's got round to doing a guide to these islands! Having spent 2 wonderful holidays in the beautiful Uists I am keen to explore further north and have long kept my eye out for a dedicated guide book. Now I’ve found it!
The book is well written and easy to read with clear maps and lovely photographic illustrations. It is divided into two parts. Part One gives both Background and Practical Information and Part Two is devoted to the Islands, each one covered in a separate chapter. These include St Kilda, famous for its history and wildlife, including the UK’s largest puffin colony. Being able to understand a little of the geography, history culture etc. of these unique islands before visiting is a real bonus.
The thought of travelling to remote parts of the British Isles can sometimes be daunting, which is perhaps why I have not ventured back for some time. But this guide gives the best times to go and how to get around; Rowe suggests itineraries, details of Tour Operators and Guides, both on land and sea. There's lots of practical information, accommodation for each island, restaurants and cafe’s to visit, including his favourites, where to walk and things to do, see and not to miss in each area. A good combination of practical info and personal encounters and insights.
The guide is slim enough to carry easily with you in a day pack.