Scotland is one of those locations that is likely on your bucket list if you don’t live there. With the beautiful Scottish Highlands, the incredible smaller islands with captivating views, the beaches, and let’s not forget the fabulous cities and towns, there is so much to see and do.
However, even if you live in Scotland, chances are you haven’t taken advantage of what the country has to offer. This is where travel books can help you out.
I wanted to share with you 16 travel and guide books about Scotland to help you make the most out of exploring the country.
Best Scotland Guide Books For Travel Planning
Lonely Planet Scotland
Lonely Planet is one of the more popular brands of travel books so it shouldn’t be a surprise that they have one dedicated to all things Scotland.
In the book, you will find some of the best locations to visit and the things that you should be doing while you are visiting. This is an extensive travel book that covers a bit of everything.
DK Eyewitness Scotland
Another extensive travel book that holds a bit of everything when it comes to making the most out of your stay in Scotland. There are detailed maps for walks and exploration as well as highlighting some of the delicacies that you must try while you are there. An extensive travel book that will cover all bases.
Scotland The Best 100 Places
If you are short on time, or just want to ensure that you are seeing the very best that Scotland has to offer, then look no further than this book.
Scotland The Best 100 Places does precisely what it says. It shares with you the 100 best places to visit and things to do. It is simple as that. If you want a travel book that is straight to the point then this is the one to invest in.
DK Eyewitness Top 10 Scotland
Another short travel book but certainly ideal if you are having a flying visit to Scotland. DK Eyewitness Top 10 Scotland covers just a few of the things you should do and places you can see. But they are the best of the best.
Fodors Essential Scotland
If you want the basics on Scotland then Fodors Essential Scotland covers just that. You will find a few key points in different locations giving you the best possible overview. It also has some key maps helping you to explore and get the most out of your trip.
Take the slow road: Scotland
If you are one of those people that loves exploring in a motorhome or a campervan then this book is for you. It is full of different routes to take and places you can visit during your trip to Scotland. The perfect sidekick for any motorhome or camping holiday in Scotland.
Wild Guide Scotland
In this guide, you will find so many hidden adventures and places to see as this is more focused on the non-popular tourist hotspots and centered around the hidden gems that are dotted all over Scotland. This is a rugged guide for getting out of the cities and towns and into the true heart of Scotland. The countryside.
The Beaches of Scotland
Scotland is well-known for many things, and one of them has to be the beautiful beaches. There are some incredible beaches in Scotland and there are certainly hidden gems waiting for you to discover.
Travel Books On Specific Areas Within Scotland
Lonely Planet’s Scotland’s Highlands and Islands
Scotland is well known for the highlands and islands that you can experience, so this travel book is dedicated to exactly that. You can be assured that you will know what the best beaches are, the best picturesque locations, and the top things to do with this guide. It is a great option dedicated to a specific area.
The Rough Guide to the North Coast 500
Road trips are fast becoming popular again and the North Coast 500 is one of the more well-known and popular ones to do. It covers so many beautiful locations and this travel book will help you to get the most out of it and follow the route.
Pocket Rough Guide British Breaks Edinburgh
Edinburgh is one of the most well-known cities in Scotland, so you may want to include a visit here. There is a castle, lots of beautiful winding streets to enjoy, and plenty of shops and restaurants. This guide covers everything you need to know to enjoy a trip to Edinburgh.
A-Z Edinburgh Hidden Walks
In Edinburgh, there is a lot to see and do and walks are one of the best ways to make the most out of a trip. This book has some of the hidden walks that you can enjoy helping you to see some of the delights that might not be in the standard travel book.
Lonely Planet Pocket Glasgow
Glasgow is another well-known city and while many people overlook it favoring other parts of Scotland, there is a lot to see and do here, and definitely should be on your list of Scottish destinations to experience. The Lonely Planet book covers everything you need to know.
Inner Hebrides: From Skye to Gigha
24 Islands are covered in this guide giving you extensive knowledge of the islands and the places that you can see and the experiences that you can have. It is worth getting the inside knowledge so you can truly enjoy your time here.
The Munros: Scotland’s Highest Mountains
Finally, if you are exploring some of the highest mountains in Scotland, then this book dedicated to The Munros is the travel book that you need. There is a choice of routes and things to do so you can certainly make the most of it.
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