Castles, bagpipes, and men’s skirts. The land of Scotland is so full of castles, stone roads, rural pathways, and vast, open green fields that you would be forgiven for believing you’ve just stepped in a live-action fairytale.
It is nosurprise then that Scotland’s is one of the preferred destinations of the film industry to shoot medieval fantasy and period pieces, it is that picturesque. As if those sights weren’t enough, culturally speaking the home of Braveheart oozes charisma laden with whiskey, kilts, and all-around jolly people. Scotland is a destination you’ll never forget.
#1 Scotland the Best
I love this book because you can tell Peter Irvine has been to these places and lived the experience. The author has organized the book into an order that makes sense when you know what you want to do, but not where you want to do it. If you want to see a loch, look at the ‘Lochs we Love’ section. If you want to find a good pub, look up the ‘Bloody Good Pubs’ section. For me, it just works without having to know the country inside out. You can work it out as you go along without too much planning. That’s how I like to travel.
#2 Raw Spirit: In Search of the Perfect Dram by IAIN BANKS
It’s a really wonderful guide to Scotland and its whisky culture, written by the late, great Iain Banks. He was one of our finest writers, and he writes beautifully about his native land. He takes the reader through the history of whisky, how to appreciate it, and all the while showing you around an incredible little country.
#3 Rick Steves Scotland by Rick Steves
Whether you take the high road or the low road, with Rick Steves on your side, Scotland can be yours! Rick Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe.
#4 Fodor’s Essential Scotland
Written by locals, Fodor’s Essential Scotland is the perfect guidebook for those looking for insider tips to make the most out their visit to Edinburgh, Glasgow, and beyond. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this Scotland travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease. Join Fodor’s in exploring one of the most exciting countries in Great Britain and Europe
#5 Outlander’s Scotland
Since 18th-century Highland warrior Jamie Fraser and resourceful 20th century medic Claire Randall first met on screen in 2014, millions of viewers have been swept away by the Outlander TV series to the wild hills and craggy castles of Scotland.
#6 Lonely Planet Scotland
Lonely Planet Scotland is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sip the water of life, whisky, in an ancient pub, trace the trails of the clanspeople fleeing Glen Coe, or play a round in St Andrew’s, golf’s spiritual home; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Scotland and begin your journey now!
#7 Frommer’s Scotland
Drawn from a wealth of on-the-ground expertise, Frommer’s comprehensive guide to Scotland leads to you once-in-a-lifetime experiences. For more than 60 years, Frommer’s’ guides have cut through the noise and hyperbole to deliver what no other books can.
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