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Save the planet, holiday in Scotland!
on 18 October 2008
There are so many good reasons to holiday in Scotland these days. There's your conscience - think of your carbon footprint, and stay in the UK. But you don't have to be altruistic; there's the scenery, the food, the lovely people...and the fabulous castles, manses, country houses and crofts you could stay in and explore. Don't know where they are? Have I got a book for you! A newcomer to the Alastair Sawday stable is Special Places to Stay in Scotland, and it makes wonderful fireside reading even if you hadn't planned to dust off the tweeds and head north. After reading it, I bet you will though. How about 'Heaven in the Highlands with stunning valley and mountain views'? Or 'a castle built on solid rock 200 feet above crashing waves'? Or a magical pile 'one mile up a rutted drive, soundproofed by 175 acres of lush Stirlingshire'? You can find a croft for 2, or a castle for a dozen and all sound simply scrumptious and come with the Sawday stamp of being unusual, interesting and genuine. If you'd prefer to explore somewhere nearer to home than the Maldives, take a hint and buy this book. It won't exactly break the bank and neither will most of the places reviewed here. But they may start a trend of finding the beauty, rest and recuperation we all long for on a break nearer to home. and if you're into mysteries and haven't read a Sawday guide before, join the club in seeking the joker in the pack; there's always one place that is a flight of fancy. Though sometimes you have to search for it - it might drive you insane...