Blue Guide Scotland

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The twelfth edition of this well-established guide has been completely rewritten and reorganized.

Rolling countryside, ruined abbeys, quiet fishing villages, cliff-top castles, peaceful lochs, majestic Highlands, magical islands—Scotland is an outstandingly varied and beautiful region. In addition to advice on when to go and how to make the most of your visit, there are suggestions on places to stay and eat, boat trips, bicycle routes, and ...

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Overview

The twelfth edition of this well-established guide has been completely rewritten and reorganized.

Rolling countryside, ruined abbeys, quiet fishing villages, cliff-top castles, peaceful lochs, majestic Highlands, magical islands—Scotland is an outstandingly varied and beautiful region. In addition to advice on when to go and how to make the most of your visit, there are suggestions on places to stay and eat, boat trips, bicycle routes, and walks.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393322514
  • Publisher: Blue Guide
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Series: Blue Guide
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 605
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Elspeth Wills graduated with an honors degree in history from the University of Saint Andrews.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Highlights of Scotland 10
How to use the Guide 12
Abbreviations used in the Guide 13
Acknowledgements 13
Practical information
Planning your visit
Climate and when to visit 15
Passports and formalities 15
Health and insurance 15
Currency 15
Electricity 16
Tourist information 16
Other sources of information on Scotland 16
Useful websites 17
Getting there
By air 18
By sea 18
By rail 18
By coach 19
By car 19
Facilities for disabled visitors 19
General information
Banking 19
Tipping 20
Telecommunications 20
Post 20
Medical services 20
Security 21
In an emergency 21
Opening times and public holidays 22
Public toilets 22
Churches 22
Tourist Information Centre network 22
Deciding what to visit 22
The media 23
Finding out what's on 24
Getting around
By rail 24
By bus 25
By taxi 25
By car 26
By sea 27
By air 27
Cycling 27
Where to stay
Types of accommodation 28
Booking ahead 29
Grading schemes 29
Accommodation guides 29
Food and drink
Eating out 29
Meal times 30
Pubs and bars 31
Traditional Scottish food 31
Scottish drinks 33
Shopping
Opening hours 36
Souvenirs and gifts 36
Scottish crafts 36
Scottish food and whisky 37
Wool, tweed and tartan 37
Shopping 'villages' 37
Sports and the outdoors
Walking 40
Pony trekking 41
Golf 41
Fishing 41
Water sports 42
Football 42
Skiing 42
Highland games 43
Curling 43
Shinty 43
Scotland: the place and the people
Climate, geology and scenery 45
Wildlife 46
Scotland's history
Scottish timeline 48
Early settlers 50
Roman period 50
The emerging Scottish kingdom 51
The establishment of the Scottish Crown 52
The Wars of Independence 53
The Stewart Kings 55
Mary Queen of Scots and the Reformation 57
The Covenanters and Civil War 59
Jacobite rebellions and the Scottish Enlightenment 61
Nineteenth-century Scotland and the Clearances 62
Modern Scotland--towards Devolution 63
People, language and culture
Who are the Scots? 64
Language 64
Family and clans 65
Searching for roots 65
Culture 66
Scotland's art and architecture
Art 67
Architecture 68
Government and economy 70
Further reading 72
The Guide
Edinburgh 75
1 The Royal Mile - the Castle to Holyrood 83
2 Parliament, the University and the Grassmarket 99
3 The National Gallery and Calton Hill 109
4 The New Town west of the Mound 113
5 Along the Water of Leith 117
Lothian 124
Three Country Estates 128
Linlithgow 130
The Bathgate Hills 132
Haddington 139
Dunbar 142
The Borders 149
Melrose 152
Jedburgh 156
Peebles 166
Dumfries and Galloway 171
Dumfries 174
Kirkcudbright 187
Ayrshire and the Clyde Coast 195
Ayr and Burns country 198
Arran 209
Bute 212
The Cumbraes 216
Glasgow 217
1 The city centre and Charles Rennie Mackintosh 223
2 The Merchant City and the Cathedral 230
3 The Kelvin and the West End 235
Pollok Country Park 241
The Clyde Valley, Lomond and Cowal 245
Paisley 255
The Kelvin and the Campsies 260
Dumbarton 261
Loch Lomond 264
The Cowal Peninsula 266
Argyll 270
Oban and offshore islands 273
North Argyll-Etive, Appin and Awe 276
Inveraray 280
Islay 288
Jura 293
Mull 294
Iona 298
Staffa and the Treshnish Islands 302
Coll and Tiree 302
Colonsay and Oronsay 304
Stirling and the Trossachs 305
Stirling 307
Dunblane 314
Falkirk and the Antonine Wall 318
Perth and the Tay Valley 325
Perth 328
The Ochils and Strathearn 337
Highland Perthshire 341
By Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch 347
The Kingdom of Fife and St Andrews 352
Dunfermline 355
Culross 358
The East Neuk 363
Isle of May 366
St Andrews 367
North Fife 373
Dundee and Angus 379
Dundee 381
Arbroath 389
Montrose 391
Aberdeen and Deeside 399
Aberdeen 402
1 City centre 402
2 Old Aberdeen 408
The Mearns 413
Royal Deeside 416
Strathdon 421
The North East 424
The Buchan coast 433
Banff 436
Elgin 439
Speyside and the distilleries 445
The Cairngorms 449
Fort William and the West 454
The Great Glen 460
The Small Isles: Eigg, Muck, Rum and Canna 467
Inverness, Loch Ness and the Black Isle 469
Inverness 472
The Beauly Firth 480
The Black Isle 482
Tain 487
The Far North 490
Dornoch 493
John o'Groats to Cape Wrath 499
Cape Wrath to Ullapool 503
The West Highlands and Skye 507
Skye 515
The Western Isles 526
Lewis 530
Harris 534
St Kilda and North Uist 536
Berneray 537
Benbecula 538
South Uist 539
Barra 540
Orkney and Shetland 542
Orkney 543
Hoy and Flotta 549
Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre 553
Shapinsay 555
Stronsay and Eday 556
Sanday, Westray and Papa Westray 557
North Ronaldsay 558
Shetland 559
Bressay and Noss 564
Fair Isle 567
Papa Stour 568
Foula 569
Whalsay and Out Skerries 570
Yell, Fetlar and Unst 571
Glossaries
Glossary of buildings and landscape 574
A Scots-English dictionary 576
Index 579
Maps and plans
City plans
Aberdeen Central 405
Old Aberdeen 409
Ayr and Alloway 199
Dumfries 175
Dundee 386
Dundee Central 382
Edinburgh Central 106
Edinburgh Northwest 115
Glasgow Central 224
Glasgow West End 236
Inverness 473
Oban 274
Perth 330
St Andrews 368
Stirling 311
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