Top positive review
Excellent guide to hidden and lesser known sites, but very disappointing photography.
20 April 2019
This is a great book for finding hidden places throughout Scotland including the islands and within each section are walks, sites to visit, viewpoints to admire, places to eat, stay and/or camp. The emphasis is very different to most travel guides and avoids the typical 'touristy' places in favour of local Natural History and heritage and is ideally suited to those who want to get more in-depth experience of Scotland away from the crowds, those who want to walk lesser known routes, explore and get a feel for the area, find the best viewpoints or maybe take a dip in a remote plunge pool or wild swim in a remote loch. Directions are clear with nearest postcodes given along with grid references and clear directions together with approximate walking times, plus phone numbers and websites where appropriate. Many of the sites are off the much-beaten track and would likely be missed by the casual visitor - including myself who, despite visiting Scotland for the last 12 years, have learned through the book that I've passed by many hidden waterfalls and other places I'd have loved to have stopped at and will now rectify this on my next visit.
Although the book is well presented and clearly laid out by area, one of the main attractions of Scotland is its stunning scenery, year round, but I feel some of the photography in the book lets it down. Much is quite dull and grey and simply doesn't do justice to the stunning landscapes. While I recognise the authors couldn't always enjoy the best bright sunny weather Scotland can offer, or even its worst creating stormy atmospheric shots, too much of the photography is dull, bland, uninspiring and out of character with the other 'Wild' books in the series. Had I seen the book before buying it, I would probably have popped it back on the shelf. I really feel it would have been worth the authors returning to some of the regions to re-take their photos. It looks very much as though they visited each region once, took all photos in one session and only enjoyed 'good' weather occasionally such as on their visit to the Uists.
Apart from the disappointing photography, this is an excellent book for anyone wanting to explore hidden Scotland and gain far more from a visit than simply visiting the well known sites, sights and routes.