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Scotland For Dummies, 6th Edition

Barry Shelby

ISBN: 978-0-470-88870-4 April 2011 456 Pages


Enjoy sightseeing and shopping in bustling Edinburgh and Glasgow or explore unspoiled scenery and welcoming towns in the Hebridean Islands, Southern Scotland, Tayside, and the Northeast. Go from the Highlands to the Lowlands. Hike, canoe, or just relax at Loch Lomand. This friendly guide gives you the scoop on:
  • Edinburgh Old Town, with its intriguing winding alleyways
  • Accommodations that range from sumptuous 17th century hotel furnished with Gothic antiques to a secluded seaside escape, and from a 17th century laird's house to a sleek, modern and minimalist hotel
  • Enjoying a pint of lager in a rustic pub where the barmen wear kilts and you don't tip or touring distinctive distilleries
  • Cathedrals, castles and historic sites like the Calanais Standing Stones (the "Scottish Stonehenge"), Edinburgh Castle that holds the historic Stone of Destiny and Scotland's crown jewels, Doune Castle, made famous by the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Glasgow Cathedral
  • Storied golf courses such as Muirfield, Royal Troon, and St. Andrews in the country credited with developing the sport
  • Touring Sir Walter Scott's mansion, Abbotsford, with it's incredible library, relics, and mementos, or paying homage to poet Robert Burns at numerous sites
  • Shopping for everything from fine wool knits to Caithness glass paper weights to Edinburgh Crystal to tartans and kilts to Highland Stoneware

Like every For Dummies travel guide, Scotland For Dummies includes:

  • Down-to-earth trip-planning advice
  • What you shouldn't miss - and what you can skip
  • The best hotels and restaurants for every budget

Whether you're looking for fun nightlife or the legendary Loch Ness monster...whether you want to explore art galleries and museums or walk craggy seacoasts, this guide gives you the flavor of Scotland so enchantingly you can almost hear the bagpipes.


Part I: Introducing Scotland.

Chapter 1: Discovering the Best of Scotland.

Chapter 2: Digging Deeper into Scotland.

Chapter 3: Deciding Where and When to Go.

Chapter 4: Following an Itinerary: Five Fine Options.

Part II: Planning Your Trip to Scotland.

Chapter 5: Managing Your Money.

Chapter 6: Getting to Scotland.

Chapter 7: Getting Around Scotland.

Chapter 8: Booking Your Accommodations.

Chapter 9: Catering to Special Travel Needs or Interests.

Chapter 10: Taking Care of the Remaining Details.

Part III: Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Chapter 11: Edinburgh.

Chapter 12: Glasgow.

Chapter 13: Going Beyond Edinburgh and Glasgow: Day Trips.

Part IV: The Major Regions.

Chapter 14: Southern Scotland.

Chapter 15: Ayrshire and Argyll.

Chapter 16: The Trossachs to Fife.

Chapter 17: Tayside and the Northeast.

Chapter 18: The Highlands.

Chapter 19: Hebridean Islands.

Chapter 20: Orkney and Shetland Islands.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: Ten Outstanding Golf Courses.

Chapter 22: Ten Can’t-Miss Castles and Historic Sites.

Chapter 23: Ten Distinctive Distilleries.

Chapter 24: Ten Stunning Natural Attractions.

Appendix: Quick Concierge.