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Lonely Planet Walking Guides: Walking in Scotland
by Sandra Bardwell

Walking in Scotland Lonely Planetís Walking Guides are replete with all the details you will ever need for planning walking holidays. The Table of Walks at the beginning of the book gives a summary of each walk to help you choose where you want to begin. An introduction entitled Environment explains Scotlandís countryside rules and regulations, gives facts about the land and wildlife, plants, national parks and nature reserves.
Walking in Scotland contains 66 detailed trail descriptions for walkers of all levels from easy-going coastal walks to rugged and remote mountain treks. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and Cairngorm national parks are favourite destinations. The West Highland Way is an official waymarked route. Many climbers ďbagĒ the Munros (mountains over 3000 ft)

Two colour contoured maps are provided for all the featured walks. Accommodation and transport information is also included. Expert walkers have contributed advice on equipment, health, and environmentally responsible walking. The overleaf of the book opens out to show a coloured map of Scotland. The Coasts, Climbs & Canals section outlines the variety of Scottish walking.

The book has divided the walks into sections: Edinburgh and Glasgow; the South; Central Highlands & Islands; Lochaber & Glen Coe; the Cairngorms; Highland Glens; Isle of Skye; Wester Ross; Western Isles; Northwest; and Northern Isles. Wherever you want to walk in Scotland, you are covered in this all inclusive guide.

Each of the sections gives reading suggestions, contacts for supplies and equipment, sleeping and eating suggestions, how to get there and get around, and OS map numbers. Then each walk gets its own details where a handy box gives duration, distance, difficulty, start and finish, transport, and nearest town. A map and the walk details complete the picture.

At the back of the book a Walkers Directory explains accommodation choices, gives food and drink information, hostel contacts, talks about the climate and gives contact information for the weather, and much more. Scotlandís walking festivals are highlighted. A further section on transport to Scotland and getting around while there has much needed information along with names, phone numbers, and websites of various boat, train, and bus companies.

Author Sandra Bardwell lives in Scotland, has Scottish ancestry, and is an experienced walker in several countries.

This is a book all walkers in Scotland should own.

Walking in Scotland
Published 2007, 2nd edition

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