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Streetwise Edinburgh Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Edinburgh, Scotland - Folding pocket size travel map Map – Folded Map, December 27, 2008


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Product Details

  • Map: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Streetwise Maps; Revised 2008 edition (December 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886705461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886705463
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,248,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

'Don't leave home without STREETWISE.' --The New York Times

'STREETWISE is an absolute travel essential.' --Travel + Leisure Magazine

'In a strange city, your sense of direction is only as good as the map in your hands. The best maps to carry are published by STREETWISE.' --Chicago Daily Herald

About the Author

STREETWISE® is the first map to be designed with modern graphics and is the originator of the laminated, accordion-fold map format. We’ve set the standard that every map company has imitated but never duplicated. Our mission is to make you feel comfortable, to make you feel safe in a place where you’ve never been before and to enable you to experience a familiar place more fully.

The company was founded in 1984 by Michael Brown, who had been in international publishing for many years, setting up subsidiaries for textbook publishers. In the 1970’s, Brown traveled extensively throughout Africa, India, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Brown would take a large paper map, cut out the city center, folded it up and slip it into his pocket, thus preventing him from looking like a tourist in areas where discretion is the better part of travel. This was his tool for surviving.

After many years on the road, Brown settled back in New York and decided to start his own business, based on the adaptations he had made to maps in his travels. His goal was to give someone the ability to navigate easily in unfamiliar terrain.

He started with a new map format: the accordion fold. Such a simple idea, but at the time it was revolutionary. No more struggling to fold an awkward, oversized paper map. This new format would enable the user to blend in like a native, instead of stick out like a tourist. Brown then added lamination to ensure that the map would be a lasting tool.

More important than the format was the design of the map itself. It had to be a map that not only succeeded above and beyond any map he had used, but was esthetically appealing as well. The look of it had to be as striking as the functionality. Color was introduced in a way that was never seen before in a map - vivid purple for water, soothing gray for the background of street grids, gold to highlight elements of the map. Clarity, conciseness and convenience in a very stylish package.

Building the business was a 24 hour job. Brown sold the maps during the day, zipping around Manhattan making deliveries on his Harley Davidson. At night he packed the orders and did the design work. More titles were added, each title requiring months of research and design.

Today, STREETWISE® produces over 130 titles for major destinations, regions and countries throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom and Asia. We have grown from the back of a motorcycle to selling millions of maps around the world.

Yet each title is still painstakingly researched and updated. STREETWISE® is one of the only, if not THE only map company that conducts research by walking or driving an area to ensure accuracy. After all, what good is the map if what you hold in your hands doesn’t match what you see on the street sign? This lengthy fact checking results in superior accuracy; in effect, we’ve done the work, now you have the adventure.

In the end, it’s not about the map, it’s about getting out and finding your own authentic experience wherever you go. It’s about being in a city or a region and discovering things that you never thought you would find. You can do this if you have confidence and you have confidence if you have a great map. STREETWISE® is the great map that you need.

Customer Reviews

The map is easy to read and folds to a good size.
Jim Altengarten
I recommend this map to all travelers either for business, vacation or even if you live in the city.
RJ Parker
This map was well used both for planning our trip and also getting around lovely Edinburgh.
Kathleen Cheek

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D.S.Thurlow TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 13, 2009
Format: Map Verified Purchase
"Streetwise Edinburgh" is a handy and updated (revised 2008) guide to walking Edinburgh, the fine capital of Scotland, and driving in its immediate environs. "Streetwise Edinburgh" is actually five maps contained on one laminated and folding sheet.

On one side, there is a 1:2,200,000 scale map of Scotland, showing the principal roads and geographic features and probably detailed enough for a general orientation. Second on this side is a 1:120,000 scale Edinburgh Area Map, showing the city from the A720 ring road to the Firth of Forth coast. The third map on this side is a 1:11,000 scale depiction of the Port of Leith and the immediate area near the shore, including the permanent home of the Royal Yacht Britannia. This rather crowded side include a directory to Edinburgh streets.

The flip side of the folded sheet has a 1:200,000 of the Edinburgh Region, including the city itself, the Lothians, and that area of Fife bordering the Firth of Forth. Perhaps most importantly, this side includes a 1:11,000 scale depiction of the Old Town, including the Castle, the Palace of Holyrood, and the adjacent Holyrood Park. This map include a good selection of the more prominent visitor attractions.

"Streetwise Edinburgh" is highly recomemmended to those planning to walk Edinburgh and explore the surrounding area by automobile.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Scotland lover on June 9, 2007
Format: Map
A serious visitor to Edinburgh (Ed n bur a) would find this most helpful if one actually studies it beforehand, plans by research, instead of willy-nilly browsing. What a wealth of history to experience.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Steinmann on July 26, 2008
Format: Map Verified Purchase
This map is durable and, most of the time, quite convenient and useful. However, it shows the Royal Infirmary (the only hospital in Edinburgh with an ER) in its old location, which is a considerable distance from its present location.

Considering that the hospital moved to its present location in 2003, I think they've had ample time to update the map, which is dated as "revised 2007."

Hopefully most travelers in need of emergency aid will call 999 or get a taxi, but woe to those who try to make it there themselves using this map!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CLG on March 13, 2012
Format: Map
Unfolds and refolds easily. The thick laminated paper will also travel very well. Have not reviewed the actual street accuracy yet, but I am sure it is correct. Arrived early as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Cheek on June 7, 2012
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This map was well used both for planning our trip and also getting around lovely Edinburgh. We are sharing this map with friends who will be going there in the fall. It is sturdy, easy to read and easy to fold and tote.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By franci on June 3, 2011
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This is a very handy map to have. Would have been terribly lost without it! The map put us in the right direction ... pinpointed where we were and how to get to our next destination. Only drawback is it's size...good for reading but a little big for easy carrying. Luckily it did fit into my bag pretty well. Would recommend to any new traveler to Edinburgh!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Duncan on June 28, 2009
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This is a must have if you are driving or walking in Edinburgh. Have several of these folding Streetwise maps and have yet to be dissapointed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kate hailey on March 28, 2009
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This is a great map, I did review the map and plot out where I would be staying while in Edinburgh, as well a few places that I wanted to go. Street names are well labeled, it fit the need I had while I was there, however I just wish it was a bit more compact. If it folded over once more, to fit in your pocket, it would be just about perfect.
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