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  • Series: National Geographic Traveler
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426206712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426206719
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #778,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robin McKelvie is a native Scot with passion for traveling. Robin has written over 30 travel books, had articles and photographs published in over 50 magazines and newspapers across five continents, and has also worked on radio and TV.

Jenny McKelvie is an adopted Scot who has been a travel writer and photographer for over a decade. Jenny has co-authored over 20 travel guidebooks with her husband. She also writes travel articles for magazines and newspapers in the UK and travel intelligence reports on global trends.

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My love of travelling first distilled within me before I had never even left my native Scotland. My Dad used to take me down to Princes Street Gardens where I would gaze at the trains rumbling in and out of Edinburgh Waverley. During school holidays I was spirited off to the Scottish islands and weaned on stories of my Dad's adventures in the yacht he built himself: Sisu. It was not until 1986 that I made it abroad and until 1992 that I flew for the first time, but since then I have made up for it with 500+ trips to over 80 countries.

My travel-writing career kicked off in 1997 when, with the help of a local enterprise grant, I started my business. In 1999 I moved to London where for four years I built up my contacts and markets in a city that quickly became one giant departure lounge for me with 20+ trips a year to destinations all over the world. In 2003 I moved back north and set-up a new base on the outskirts of Edinburgh, handy for both international forays and domestic trips around Scotland, a country that still remains my favourite on the planet.

In over a decade of travels I have savoured many of those 'once in a lifetime' trips - from snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef and walking on safari with big game in South Africa, through to riding the legendary Tr

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Velicity McKenna on December 28, 2012
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I'm such a visual person that this image-rich book was such a treasure to research an upcoming trip to Scotland. Organized perfectly, this book is filled with photos, tips, maps, historical facts and information on where to stay and when to visit. A excellent choice for travelers!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. E. Aaron on November 4, 2012
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this book had real valuable information and local hints that was invaluable for us. We were traveling for 6 days on our own and it was like have a tour guide with us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen A. Walker on December 15, 2013
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Good content and advice for a traveler, but WAY too small print for my middle-aged eyes. It was better for planning the trip than for use on the trip, which did achieve most of my purpose in buying it.
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Scotland is home to some of the best wild scenery in the British Isles, and to the romance of a half-real, half-remembered Scottish cultural tradition. Visitors will find plenty of tartans and shortbread, but also fine whisky, good museums and castles, and better opportunities for outdoor recreation (weather permitting). Scotland is a wonderful vacation destination, offering an invigorating climate, dramatic landscapes, and its own very decent and underestimated cuisine.

This National Geographic Traveler guide to Scotland is a very readable mixture of travel narrative, useful information, and some terrific photography, well suited to the first-time visitor. The approach is geographic, with an introduction to Scotland and chapters devoted to the major cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, followed by a tour of the major regions, from the borders to the highlands and islands. The last chapter talks to the practicalities of how to get around, where to stay, and what to eat.

The book includes a number of small maps, including sketch maps of major cities and towns. Those who self-drive will want a more detailed road atlas. The text includes a number of special featurettes and recommendations for each region, and of course the photography is first rate. This guide does a good job hitting the major highlights, with good recommendations for first time visitors. The selections might be a little thin for those travlers past their first visit to Scotland. Recommended as a planning and touring resource.
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