Insight Guides Scotland (Travel Guide eBook)
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Insight Guides Scotland

Travel made easy. Ask local experts. 
Comprehensive travel guide packed with inspirational photography and fascinating cultural insights.

From deciding when to go, to choosing what to see when you arrive, this guide to Scotland is all you need to plan your perfect trip, with insider information on must-see, top attractions like Glen Coe, St Andrews, Burns National Heritage Park, and cultural gems like visiting the grand Stirling Castle, spotting minke and killer whales in the abundant waters around Mull or enjoying Edinburgh's Fringe Festival.

Features of this travel guide to Scotland:
Inspirational colour photography: discover the best destinations, sights and excursions, and be inspired by stunning imagery
- Historical and cultural insights: immerse yourself in Scotland's rich history and culture, and learn all about its people, art and traditions
- Practical full-colour maps: with every major sight and listing highlighted, the full-colour maps make on-the-ground navigation easy
Editor's Choice: uncover the best of Scotland with our pick of the region's top destinations
- Key tips and essential information: packed full of important travel information, from transport and tipping to etiquette and hours of operation
Covers: Edinburgh; Glasgow; The Borders; The Southwest; Forth; Clyde; The West Coast; Skye; The Inner Hebrides; The Outer Hebrides; Central Scotland; The East Coast; The Northern Highlands; Orkney; Shetland

Looking for a specific guide to Edinburgh? Check out Insight Guides City Guide Edinburgh for a detailed and entertaining look at all the city has to offer.

About Insight Guides: Insight Guides is a pioneer of full-colour guide books, with almost 50 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides with user-friendly, modern design. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps, as well as phrase books, picture-packed eBooks and apps to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.


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Date de parution 01 février 2020
Nombre de lectures 1
EAN13 9781839052088
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 8 Mo

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How To Use This E-Book

Getting around the e-book
This Insight Guide e-book is designed to give you inspiration for your visit to Scotland, as well as comprehensive planning advice to make sure you have the best travel experience. The guide begins with our selection of Top Attractions, as well as our Editor’s Choice categories of activities and experiences. Detailed features on history, people and culture paint a vivid portrait of contemporary life in Scotland. The extensive Places chapters give a complete guide to all the sights and areas worth visiting. The Travel Tips provide full information on getting around, activities from culture to shopping to sport, plus a wealth of practical information to help you plan your trip.
In the Table of Contents and throughout this e-book you will see hyperlinked references. Just tap a hyperlink once to skip to the section you would like to read. Practical information and listings are also hyperlinked, so as long as you have an external connection to the internet, you can tap a link to go directly to the website for more information.
Maps
All key attractions and sights in Scotland are numbered and cross-referenced to high-quality maps. Wherever you see the reference [map] just tap this to go straight to the related map. You can also double-tap any map for a zoom view.
Images
You’ll find hundreds of beautiful high-resolution images that capture the essence of Scotland. Simply double-tap on an image to see it full-screen.
About Insight Guides
Insight Guides have more than 40 years’ experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce 400 full-colour titles, in both print and digital form, covering more than 200 destinations across the globe, in a variety of formats to meet your different needs.
Insight Guides are written by local authors, whose expertise is evident in the extensive historical and cultural background features. Each destination is carefully researched by regional experts to ensure our guides provide the very latest information. All the reviews in Insight Guides are independent; we strive to maintain an impartial view. Our reviews are carefully selected to guide you to the best places to eat, go out and shop, so you can be confident that when we say a place is special, we really mean it.

© 2019 Apa Digital (CH) AG and Apa Publications (UK) Ltd




Table of Contents
Scotland’s Top 10 Attractions
Editor’s Choice
Introduction: Scotland the Brave
The Scottish character
Decisive Dates
Beginnings
Battle for the throne
The age of rebellion
Industrialisation and war
Modern Scotland
Highlanders and Lowlanders
How the Kirk moulds minds
Scots geniuses
Scottish art and music
Outdoor pursuits
Porridge, haggis and whisky
Introduction: Places
Edinburgh
Insight: Old and New Town architecture
The Borders
Insight: Historic castles and abbeys
The Southwest
Forth and Clyde
Glasgow
The West Coast
Skye
Insight: A crofter’s rugged life
The Inner Hebrides
The Outer Hebrides
Central Scotland
The East Coast
The Northern Highlands
Insight: Highland flora and fauna
Orkney
Shetland
Travel Tips: Transport
Travel Tips: A–Z
Travel Tips: Further Reading


Scotland’s Top 10 Attractions



Top Attraction 1



Glen Coe. Full of drama for its bloody massacre of the MacDonalds in 1692, its powerful scenery and its challenging and notoriously dangerous mountain climbs. For more information, click here .
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Top Attraction 2



Edinburgh. This elegant city is Scotland’s capital and the site of the Scottish Parliament. The city is equally famous for its massive castle and its cultural festivals. For more information, click here .
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Top Attraction 3



Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. The birthplace of Scotland’s most famous poet Rabbie Burns provides an insight into how much he has contributed to Scotland’s life and culture. For more information, click here .
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Top Attraction 4



Glasgow. Scotland’s second city has shaken off its grimy past and is now more noted for its lively nightlife, contemporary art scene, great shopping and lovely parks. For more information, click here .
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Top Attraction 5



Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. The bonnie banks of Loch Lomond enclose the largest body of water in Britain, which, along with the Trossach hills, form part of the magnificent national park. For more information, click here .
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Top Attraction 6



Isle of Skye. Romantically associated with Bonnie Prince Charlie and Flora MacDonald, it is the most scenically spectacular spot of the western seaboard, with superb mountain landscapes and dramatic sea lochs. For more information, click here .
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Top Attraction 7



The Cairngorms National Park. These mountains are home to wildlife such as the capercaillie and the golden eagle, and are a magnet for walkers, climbers and skiers. For more information, click here .
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Top Attraction 8



Stirling. A settlement since prehistoric times due to its strategic position, it gained city status in 2002. Stirling offers superb historic sites, including a magnificent castle, plus a national park on its doorstep. For more information, click here .
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Top Attraction 9



St Andrews. A breezy seaside town acknowledged as the home of golf, and possessing Scotland’s oldest university. For more information, click here .
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Top Attraction 10



Iona. Known since the 6th century as the cradle of Christianity in Scotland. Beyond the abbey are beautiful beaches and an unspoilt landscape rich in birdlife. For more information, click here .
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Editor’s Choice



Best castles

Edinburgh Castle. High above the city stands Scotland’s most popular tourist attraction. Listen out for the ritual firing of the One o’Clock Gun. For more information, click here .
Stirling Castle. Perched atop a craggy outcrop, a wealth of Scottish history is crammed into every corner of this ancient fortress. For more information, click here .
Dunvegan Castle. Northwest of Portree, Dunvegan Castle has been the stronghold of the chiefs of MacLeod for more than seven centuries. For more information, click here .
Glamis Castle. This beautiful, turreted castle in Angus has a rich and royal history, not least as former home of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. For more information, click here .
Dunnottar Castle. A ruined fortress in a striking setting that has been witness to Scotland’s stormy and bloodstained past. For more information, click here .
Eilean Donan. This romantic castle stands before a backdrop of brooding mountains and a picturesque sea loch. For more information, click here .



Edinburgh Castle.
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Best gardens and nature reserves

Inverewe Garden (Wester Ross). Created by Osgood Mackenzie in 1862, this subtropical oasis lies on the shores of Loch Ewe. The diverse plant collection includes specimens from the far ends of the earth. For more information, click here .
Royal Botanic Garden (Edinburgh). The garden was founded as early as 1670 as a resource for medical research. The Temperate Palmhouse, a huge Victorian glasshouse, is impressive and packed with ferns and palms. For more information, click here .
Arduaine Garden (Argyll). A 20-acre (8-hectare) woodland garden, with superb coastal views, specialising in magnolias, rhododendrons, ferns and azaleas. For more information, click here .
Sands of Forvie (Aberdeenshire). Part of the Forvie National Nature Reserve. The reserve has a large sand-dune system, and the biggest breeding colony of eider duck in Britain. For more information, click here .
Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve (Wester Ross). Overlooking Loch Maree, parts of the reserve are home to the elusive pine marten, buzzards and golden eagles. For more information, click here .
Hermaness National Nature Reserve (Shetland). Overlooking Britain’s most northerly tip, Hermaness is a haven for more than 100,000 nesting sea birds, including gannets, great skuas and puffins. For more information, click here .


Islands off the beaten track

Gigha (Inner Hebrides). The term ‘getting away from it all’ is never truer than on this tiny island, where the few inhabitants share the environment with local seals. For more information, click here .
Rum (Inner Hebrides). Not only does Rum have some of the best scenery in this group of islands but the best hill walking, too. For more information, click here .
Barra (Outer Hebrides). A wild, stunning place, with empty white beaches and open roads. Don’t miss a trip to Kisimul Castle. For more information, click here .
Taransay (Outer Hebrides). This idyllic isla

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