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Guides, travelogues and historical background for travelers to and aficionados of Great Britain. Cover art may vary.

Great Britain and England | Scotland | Historical Background

  • Lonely Planet ScotlandLonely Planet Scotland
    Neil Wilson

    Best-selling travel guide written by local experts with a new section on outdoor activities and user-friendly individual sections on the Northern Islands, Skye and the Outer Hebrides.

    Paperback: 468 pages

  • The Rough Guide to ScotlandThe Rough Guide to Scotland
    Rob Humphreys

    Ultimate insider's handbook to this diverse and beautiful country. Features include full color section introducing Scotland's highlights, in depth coverage of Edinburgh and Glasgow, reviews of the best places to stay, eat and drink, for every budget. Practical advice, maps and plans for every region.

    Paperback: 942 pages

  • Scotland for DummiesScotland for Dummies
    Barry Shelby

    Includes four full itineraries, five day-trips to the country from Edinburgh and Glasgow, golf courses, pubs, and a guide to the Hebrides, Shetland and Orkney Islands. Provides down-to-earth trip-planning advice, what you shouldn't miss and what you can skip, the best hotels and restaurants for every budget and more.

    Paperback: 456 pages

  • Scotland's Best-Loved Driving ToursScotland's Best-Loved Driving Tours
    British Auto Association

    25 distinctive, easy-to use itineraries – all fully illustrated with beautiful full-color photos. Tips on the best hotels and restaurants along each route, exact directions, distances, and driving times. All the sights along the way, with highlights for history buffs, nature lovers, and families traveling with children.

    Paperback: 176 pages

  • In Search of Ancient ScotlandIn Search of Ancient Scotland: A Guide for the Independent Traveler
    Gerald M. Ruzicki

    Historical background and directions to over 200 ancient sites in Scotland, ranging from the Stone Age to the Renaissance. Features a glossary of common historical, archaeological and Scottish terms.

    Paperback: 352 pages

  • Lonely Planet Edinburgh: City GuideLonely Planet Edinburgh: City Guide
    Neil Wilson

    Features detailed insight into history, culture and city life, along with expanded, opinionated reviews. Expert tips from Edinburgh-based author including accommodation options, festivals, cultural treasures, 16 maps, walking tours and excursions including Glasgow and St. Andrews.

    Paperback: 212 pages

  • The Edinburgh Visitor GuideThe Edinburgh Visitor Guide
    Colin Baxter

    Comprehensive alphabetical listing ranging from castles and historic houses to ancient monuments, museums, galleries, religious buildings, gardens, outdoor activities, nature, and wildlife. Entries contain information on facilities, opening times, admission, directions, and more. Chapters are color-coded for easy reference to maps. Illustrated throughout with stunning color photography.

    Paperback: 96 pages

  • Curious EdinburghCurious Edinburgh
    Michael Turnbull

    A guide to more than 100 of the curious and interesting corners of Edinburgh, Curious Edinburgh explores the hidden treasures of Scotland's capital city and unlocks the forgotten meaning of landmarks that have become familiar.

    Paperback: 160 pages

  • Fife and Perthshire: Including KinrossFife and Perthshire: Including Kinross
    Alan Hall

    This guide covers a varied landscape area that is accessible to the highly populated Central Lowlands of Scotland, including Perth, St. Andrews, the Lomond Hills, Loch Leven, Pitlochry and more.

    Paperback: 112 pages

  • Portrait of ScotlandPortrait of Scotland
    Colin Baxter

    Scotland's diverse landscapes are showcased by renowned photographer, and Scots native, Colin Baxter. Divided into regional sections from the Borders to the Highlands and the Isles. Includes an index of featured sites.

    Paperback: 96 pages

  • Scotland: An Intimate PortraitScotland: An Intimate Portrait
    Geddes MacGregor

    Informative and amusing, MacGregor's book recounts the history and origins of golf, kilts, bagpipes, and other distinct parts of Scottish culture. MacGregor captures the essence of Scottish life, religion, dress, literature, and history.

    Paperback: 288 pages

  • Historic Scotland: 5000 Years of Scotland's HeritageHistoric Scotland: 5000 Years of Scotland's Heritage
    David J. Breeze

    Glorious color photographs tell the story of Scotland and its people through its many historic sites and buildings.

    Paperback: 128 pages

  • Castles and Ancient Monuments of ScotlandCastles and Ancient Monuments of Scotland
    Damien Noonan

    Over 200 historic sites in Scotland are described and illustrated with color photography – from stone circles to Celtic brochs to medieval tower houses.

    Paperback: 192 pages

  • Castles Of ScotlandCastles Of Scotland
    Martin Coventry

    Lists both castles and mansions which are open to the public as visitor attractions or family homes, plus those which are hotels or offer accommodation. These sites range from magnificent strongholds, through great clan castles, more modest tower houses, and stately mansions and historic homes.

    Paperback: 122 pages

  • Great Houses of ScotlandGreat Houses of Scotland
    Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd

    Presents 26 historic castles and manors. Over 300 rich color photographs take the reader beyond the velvet ropes and through the grand public drawing rooms, private bedrooms, and back stairways of Scotland's famous houses.

    Hardcover: 272 pages

  • The Most Beautiful Villages of ScotlandThe Most Beautiful Villages of Scotland
    Hugh Palmer

    Thirty-five villages from all regions of Scotland are explored. Special sections on the Scottish castle and the monuments of the country's Celtic past round out the account, making this beautiful book one of the most complete pictures of rural Scotland in recent years. A Travelers' Guide listing places to visit, to stay, and to eat helps the reader to enjoy even more a visit to the Scottish Highlands, Lowlands, and Islands. 250 color photographs.

    Hardcover: 208 pages

  • Melrose AbbeyMelrose Abbey
    Richard Fawcett and Richard Oram

    Draws on archaeological, architectural and documentary evidence to show the nature of the monastic visitors, how the abbey's great estates were administered, and why the architecture of the abbey church is the most important illustration of late Gothic architecture in Scotland.

    Hardcover: 288 pages

  • The Stone Puzzle of Rosslyn ChapelThe Stone Puzzle of Rosslyn Chapel
    Philip Coppens

    A virtual guide to all the enigmatic and important aspects of the chapel, including the history of the chapel and its relationship to Freemasonry, history of the family which owns the castle, the Sinclairs, and the enigmatic landscape surrounding the chapel, including Templar commanderies, prehistoric markings, an ancient kingly site to the south, and King Arthur's Seat directly north.

    Paperback: 131 pages

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