Top positive review
3 people found this helpful
Still best for planning timings & routes
on 26 March 2014
I'd actually give Michelin's Britain & Ireland's Atlas 4.5 stars as it has a couple of small shortcomings mentioned below.
The French version seems more comprehensive as it covers a bigger territory and the version i have has a more detailed scale of (1:200,000) and thus has more map pages.
Being a Tour Guide i've used this Atlas for about 20years as it is the best available.
The reasons are it seems to be the only one which properly covers Britain and ALL of Ireland at the same scale (1:300,000).
Others don't really cover Ireland as they only have it on as an add-on at a small scale with little detail.
The Michelin B & I also scores by having the Scottish Highlands & Islands on the same detailed scale as the rest of UK while most of its competitors reduce their scale so it is of limited use.
Another advantage Michelin maps have is the depiction of scenic routes. Surprising how few other map companies have cottoned on to this.
The feature i find MOST USEFUL is the comprehensive Intermediate & Total Mileages (also KMs on Trunk roads) given even for 'B' & some minor roads. This helps greatly in calculating timings when comparing alternative routes. Quicker to use than a Satnav in some cases. Other companies' maps & atlases, even larger scale ones don't have this level of detail.
Make sure you get the spiral version as this is the most practical for travelling & lasts longer.
Only small gripes are that the paper the Michelin atlas has used in recent years is too thin and can tear easily and don't expect to use this atlas for the Orkney & Shetland isles as they are reduced to a useless size & squeezed into a wee box (although the Hebridean isles are on the full scale)!