Oh the Places You’ll Go: Traveling Through Scotland

Irvine, Peter. Scotland the Best 100 Places: Extraordinary Places and Where Best To Walk, Eat and Sleep. Harper. Jun. 2017. 232p. photos. maps. ISBN 9780008183684. pap. $19.95.
Smith, Duncan J.D. Only in Edinburgh: A Guide to Unique Locations, Hidden Corners and Unusual Objects. Urban Explorer. Jul. 2017. 232p. illus. maps. bibliog. ISBN 9783950421804. pap. $22.95. TRAV
Scotland evokes images of primeval woodlands, rolling mists, and craggy castles. Two guidebooks provide details and glorious photographs that emphasize the depths of Scotland’s natural beauty and remarkable history, highlighting its ancient and modern marvels.
Irvine’s title, one you would study prior to planning your trip, organizes the photographs of 100 Scottish places into three categories: magnificent, reflective, and human. The magnificent include the Summer Isles archipelago, the horse-head sculptures in Falkirk, and ­Dunnottar Castle. The reflective feature the Machair habitat, prehistoric stones of Orkney, and the island of Iona. And the human consider the subterranean village in Orkney; picturesque villages in the east, north, west, and south; and the hunting lodge known as Falkland Palace. All of the images are supplemented by succinct information related to finding, walking, eating, and sleeping near the 100 locations. Smith’s focus is on Edinburgh sites as well as destinations new and old. He features cathedrals and train stations, burial grounds and secret gardens, libraries and museums, tunnels and bridge vaults, sculptures and monuments, as well as golf and football, and science and poetry. This book is best to consult while exploring Edinburgh streets and surrounding areas thanks to the handy folding maps. VERDICT Both titles are recommended for ­Scotophiles and readers who appreciate natural beauty and ancient sites.Elizabeth Connor, Daniel Lib., The Citadel, Military Coll. of South Carolina, Charleston

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