The first 100 pages of Lonely Planet Scotland contain general information-facts about Scotland, facts for the visitor, activities, getting there and away and getting around. These pages are of use mainly for first time travellers. SeasonedÂ U.K. travellers can skip right to the specifics.
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Divided into sections on Edinburgh, Glasgow, and other parts of Scotland, it would be helpful if the map in the front of the guide had been divided the same way. If you're looking for a specific attraction, you'll need to refer to the index.
There are black and white maps of larger towns and cities and for each section of the guide. I found the scale of these maps made them a bit difficult to read. You will definitely need to purchase a larger map with more details, especially if you are driving, to accompany the Lonely Planet Scotland.
Each section of the guide contains highlights of the area, general orientation and information on the area, walks, cycle routes and getting around by bus and train. Entries are arranged in a logical order for travelling around. For each town or village, things to see, places to stay and eat (including pubs) are listed. Prices of accommodations and eateries make decisions easier. Practical information on attractions describes what to see and gives locations, opening hours and phone numbers. Phone numbers are a bit confusing because the area code is not listed with each number, and you must refer back to the town or area in order to locate it. Specific bus information for each area is a great feature. There are interesting tidbits of information included on such subjects as malt whiskey and haggis. The wealth of details in the guide will not only help to take the hassles out of your travels, it will also make sure you don't miss anything worth seeing.