Anyone travelling to Edinburgh should go with this little guide in their pocket. Even if you never intend to visit the city, this is a book to buy. It’s full of wonderful stories about Scotland’s capital city. Eccentricities abound in the form of people, places, and activities.
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The author, Benedict le Vay, has a great tongue-in-cheek sense of humour which shines in the tales told, whether it’s about haggis and bagpipes, whisky, or loony laws. Tales of ghosts and ghastly doings are added attractions.
Scotland’s history is entertainingly detailed in a capsule chapter, which would have even students enjoying the subject. The chapter on eating, drinking, and sleeping gives all the information on which pubs and hotels to visit for a wacky holiday.
Edinburgh’s famous Old Town is included from one end of the Royal Mile to the other. The book ranges from the seaside to the New Town to days out among the Borders. Edinburgh’s events and festivals are noted. For visitors all the practicalities are covered.
Benedict le Vay is a sub-editor on the features section of the Daily Mail newspaper in the UK. He is also the author of Bradt's Eccentric Britain and Eccentric London.
ISBN: 1 84162 098
Published by Bradt Travel Guides (UK). £5.95
Published by The Globe Pequot Press (USA). $12.95
Year Published: 2004