Fodor's Scotland 2000: Expert Advice and Smart Choices, Completely Updated Every Year, Plus a Full Size Color Map

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Fodor's Travel Publications, 1999 - Travel - 384 pages
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Let the world's smartest guide enrich your trip Vivid descriptions evoke what makes Scotland unique - Local experts show you the special places - Thorough updating keeps you on track - Practical information gives you the tools to explore - Easy-to-use format puts it all at your fingertips

Choose among many hotels and restaurants in all price categories Stay in Victorian town houses, cozy loch-side cottages, baronial castles, and bargain B&Bs - Dine in classic Scots grills, festive brasseries, coaching-inn pubs, and trendy newcomers - Check out hundreds of detailed reviews and learn what's distinctive about each place

Mix and match our itineraries and discover the unexpected Savvy advice helps you decide where to go and when - City walks lead you along Edinburgh's Royal Mile and to Glasgow's Charles Rennie Mackintosh landmarks - Driving tours guide you to stately homes, windswept isles, and hidden Brigadoons -- from the Borders to the Highlands - Find great sources for tartans and tweeds, woolens
and whiskies

Go straight to the facts you need and find all that's new Useful maps and background information - How to get there and get around - When to go - What to pack - Costs, hours, and tips by the thousands

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Geography 17 Climate 18 Population 20 Cities and Villages
Production 29 Heavy Industry and its Raw Materials
Timber and Paper Industry 35 Light Industries 35 Food

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Destination: Scotland

What''s Where


Scotland''s capital makes a strong first impression -- Edinburgh Castle looming from the crags of an ancient volcano; the Royal Mile stretching from the castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse; the Neoclassical monuments perched on Calton Hill; Arthur''s Seat, a small mountain with steep slopes, little crags, and spectacular vistas over the city and the Firth of Forth. Like Rome, Edinburgh is built on seven hills, and it has an Old Town district that retains striking evidence of a colorful history. The medieval Old Town, with its winding closes (narrow, stone-arched walkways) contrasts sharply with the Georgian New Town and its planned squares and streets. But Edinburgh offers more than just a unique architectural landscape -- it''s a cosmopolitan capital, rich in museums, pubs, and culture. The influx of Scottish parliamentarians and their associated administrative staff has served to heighten this powerful mix even more. Edinburgh is perhaps best known as the site of the famous International Festival, when tourists and performers descend on the city in late summer to celebrate the arts. Even more obvious to the casual stroller during this time is the refreshingly irreverent Edinburgh Festival Fringe, unruly child of the official festival, which spills out of halls and theaters all over town.


Glasgow, Scotland''s largest city, suffered gravely from the industrial decline of the 1960s and ''70s, but recent efforts at commercial and cultural renewal have restored much of the style and grandeur it had in the 19th century, at the height of its economic power. Now it is again a vibrant metropolitan center with a thriving artistic life, and it''s very proud of its association with and its buildings by two great home-grown architects, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Alexander Thomson.

The Borders and the Southwest

The Borders area comprises the great rolling hills, moors, wooded river valleys, and farmland that stretch south from Lothian, the region crowned by Edinburgh, to England. All the distinctive features of Scotland -- paper currency, architecture, opening hours of pubs and stores, food and drink, and accent -- start right at the border; you won''t find the Borders a diluted version of England. The Dumfries and Galloway region, south of Glasgow, is a hilly and sparsely populated area, divided from England by the Solway Firth; it''s a region of somber forests and radiant gardens, where in places the palm is as much at home as the pine.

Aberdeen and the Northeast

Aberdeen, Scotland''s third-largest city, is a sophisticated city built largely of glittering granite and is a main port of North Sea oil operations. The Grampian region spreads out to the west, the terrain changing from coastline -- some of the United Kingdom''s wildest shorelines of high cliffs and sandy beaches -- to farmland to forests to hills. Here, the Grampian Mountains and the Cairngorms, beautiful regions of heather and forest, granite peaks and deep glens, are ideal terrain for hill walking in warm weather and skiing in cold weather. Here, too, is that picture-postcard land of castles called Royal Deeside, seat of Her Majesty''s Balmoral Castle, plus a wealth of distilleries that make up the famous Whisky Trail.

Argyll and the Isles

Argyll, a remote, sparsely populated group of islands in western Scotland that forms part of the Inner Hebridean archipelago, is a transitional area between the Highlands and Lowlands, an environment ranging from lush landscapes to treeless islands, sea lochs to wooded hills. Oban, the hub of transportation for Argyll, is the main sea gateway for Mull and the Southern Islands. The Isle of Mull has a rolling green landscape and its capital, Tobermory, has brightly painted houses that give it Mediterranean look. Iona, near Mull, is Scotland''s most important Christian site, with an abbey and a royal graveyard. The Isle of Islay is synonymous with whisky -- it produces seven malts. Jura is covered with wild mountains. Sweeping southward, the long Kintyre Peninsula is a wonderland of sea views, spectacular sunsets, and prehistoric monuments. Arran is more developed than most southern isles, with mist-shrouded mountains in the north and farmland in the south.

Around the Great Glen

The Great Glen cuts through the Southern Highlands from Inverness to Fort William and is ringed by Scotland''s tallest mountains and greatest lochs; it is considered by many to be the most dramatic, captivating landscape in Scotland. Of its lochs, the most famous is Loch Ness. Inverness, on the Moray Firth, is a major shipping port and the last substantial outpost as you head north. East of Fort William, Glen Nevis is home to Ben Nevis, Britain''s highest peak. Serious climbers come from far and wide to scale it.

The Northern Highlands

The Highlands, a remote and wild area of Scotland, are the source of the country''s most breathtaking scenery. The great surprises to unprepared visitors are the changing terrain and the stunning effects of light and shade, cloud, sunshine, and rainbows. In a couple of hours you may pass from heather, bracken, and springy turf to granite rock and bog, to serrated peak and snow-water lake, to the red Torridon sandstone of Wester Ross, and the flowery banks of Loch Ewe and Loch Maree. Sea inlets are deep and fjordlike. The black shapes of the isles cluster like basking whales on the skyline. Cliffs where quartzite gleams above crescents of hard sand lead around a northern shore that looks from the air as though it had been trimmed by an axe. Gaelic-speaking natives on the Isle of Skye live in villages along the coast; the varied interior has forested glens, hills of heather, rocky waterfalls, and the Cuillin Mountains. The Outer Hebrides, also known as the Western Isles, arc outward to the Atlantic; this is possibly the most rugged part of Scotland, with frequent wind and rain, and an often inhospitable landscape where anything that grows seems a gift. In between are hidden coves with awe-striking white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. Westward, the next stop is North America.

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