Wild, remote, and rich in both history and wildlife, the many islands dotting Scotland’s coastline are among the most unspoiled and beautiful destinations in the world. Formed during violent upheavals in the Earth’s crust nearly 3 billion years ago, and later eroded and shaped by the Ice Age, the islands also bear the scars of thousands of years of human occupation. With their Neolithic settlements, early Celtic Christian chapels, Viking place names, and clan fortresses, as well as more modern relics from two world wars, the islands are a historical treasure trove second to none. Both beautiful and practical, Exploring the Islands of Scotland offers the intrepid traveler fascinating insight into this stunning region. It details each island's history and flora and fauna, and provides valuable information on how to get there, what to see, where to stay, and the best island walks. More than 200 full-color photographs capture each gorgeous locale.
This guidebook describes 37 day rides for all abilities, and 22 linking routes for more experienced cycle tourists, allow riders to visit all the essential sights in over 20 islands of the Hebrides and of the Firth of Clyde. Routes range from those suitable for short weekend breaks to a challenging 600-mile tour. Whether you're putting together a fortnight's tour or just enjoying a few day rides from a single base, this guide is packed with useful information to help you make the most of your trip. The Hebridean islands offer a wealth of wonderful scenery: the majestic Cuillin mountains on Skye; the otherworldly palm trees on Bute; the marvellous white shell sands on Tiree and Harris. This guidebook features detailed custom mapping and elevation profiles for all routes, and comprehensive information of ferry and transport routes, accommodation, food and drink, supplies, cycle spares and repairs. Island hopping in these islands is a magical experience. The guide visits over 20 of them and each has its own interesting history and wildlife. Reasonably fit cyclists can enjoy these routes at their own pace; experienced cycle tourists will eat up the miles.
Chase's Calendar of Events is the most comprehensive and authoritative reference available on special events, holidays, federal and state observances, historic anniversaries, astronomical phenomena, and more. Published since 1957, Chase's is the only guide to special days, weeks, and months.
The Rough Guide to Britain is the ultimate insiders' handbook to England, Wales and Scotland. The full-colour introduction brings the countries' highlights to life, from the Eden Project in Cornwall to Edinburgh's Royal Mile. The authors provide lively accounts of every sight - from the latest attractions such as the Cardiff Bay area and Gateshead's Baltic Centre to established landmarks from the Tower of London to Edinburgh Castle. For every town and region there are lively reviews of the best places to stay, eat and drink, to suit all pockets and with accompanying maps pinpointing each location. There's also practical tips on exploring the great British countryside from the rugged Pembrokeshire coastline to the picturesque valleys of the Yorkshire Dales.