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Rick Steves Scotland

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  337 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Whether you take the high road or the low road, with Rick Steves on your side, Scotland can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves Scotland you'll find:

Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring Scotland

Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites

Top sights and hidden gems, from the wild beauty of
Paperback, 544 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by Rick Steves
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Stacy Pearson
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a great guide to get oriented to Scotland. While we did a lot more than was recommended in this guide, it is such a great reference tool. I used it a lot when trying to find a place to eat or deciding on where to spend an afternoon. For this trip, his restaurant advice was right on. Who knew that food and great meals were one of the big highlights of this trip!
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I'll be packing this along with me when I go to Scotland this fall. Really comprehensive guide to Scotland and to travelling in general. Cheap at twice the price. ...more
Barbara Bryant
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I split this into sections for each day of my upcoming Rick Steves tour, then highlighted useful tips, interesting historical notes, and must-see highlights for future reference. I feel well grounded for the tour, and open to the magic of the moment!
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
Pros: Like most Rick Steves guidebooks, this book is full of pragmatic advice, history, and practical tips for making the most of your time in Scotland. Steves explains the joys of being in Scotland (rather than just passing through). He provides an understanding the culture and the quirks that make Scotland so interesting, as well as mostly useful maps and many hiking ideas. When I read the The Rough Guide to Scotland and Lonely Planet Scotland, the early history of Scotland didn't grab me (oth ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, travel
You know what to expect with Rick Steves and this one delivers on that. Unfortunately I think the focus is solidly on certain areas of Scotland and other regions don't receive the same focus. Highlights are described, some good extra hikes included and as always a list of smaller inns and bed & breakfast options are provided. If you don't know where to start, Rick Steves is always a good place. More adventurous and seasoned travelers will find useful information, but will need to investigate oth ...more
Emily Wallace
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of Rick Steves. I have not traveled over seas before and I read this book several times before going to Scotland. While does a great job with the cities he does cover I was excited to find that the little cities he didn't cover were equally enjoyable. I found the guide a great "overview" of Scotland. We traveled with locals so were were able to see so much more than was in the guide. It is a great starting place for planning your Scotland trip. ...more
Robyn Chumley
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Detailed with a nice sense of humor

In fact, this book has a nice dose of reality. Rick Steves focuses on what he’s learned travelers want to read, see, hear—and that’s exactly how he writes. He doesn’t necessarily write to entertain; instead, he writes to inform. And that’s entertainment enough. Well done, Rick!
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travel
The Rick Steves travel guides are always informative but the Scotland guide is exceptional. The book contains helpful bits about the usual tourist spots, hotels, restaurants, etc. What sets this guide apart are the detailed descriptions of hiking trails and nature areas. If you're traveling to Scotland, this is a great preparatory read! ...more
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Rick Steves' travel books because he sets a fairly aggressive itinerary, I've been told, which is how I normally plan my trips. This made me feel confident what Rick says you can do in one day, would fit my kind of itinerary, rather than hanging around too long at a destination, and wish I had moved quicker along my journey. ...more
Stephanie Jackson
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always a good over view for those of us traveling. I recommend any of the Rick Steves books to get you started and then with that solid background knowledge, it's easier to branch out and research specific areas of interest or locations. ...more
Trudy Pomerantz
I really loved Rick Steve's travel guide to Germany, but this one not quite so much. ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travel
And now I'm well-prepared for the second half of our trip! ...more
Beth Hartnett
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rick, you served us well in Scotland...especially that little local music spot in Inverness!
Kimberly L.
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This got us through Scotland efficiently and we had an amazing time! Go Rick Steves!
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rick Steves guidebooks are simply the best!
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I used this when traveling to Scotland last year, it was very helpful. Rick Steves is a solid guide in general and this book was no exception.
Nov 01, 2019 added it
Great guide to have before you go to Scotland. Went to Scotland and brought this along.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No one does an all around travel book like Rick Steves. Still the best for providing history, practical travel advice for lodging, eating, transport and sights.
Marcy Berg
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Provided some ideas for planning upcoming trip, but didn't cover the areas that i am planning to visit in great detail. A good overview, however. ...more
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have been an enormous fan of Rick Steves since planning my honeymoon in Italy in 2002. I listen to his radio show via podcast and watch his TV shows. But for me, this volume is not his best. He doesn't seem to have the same level of understanding of Scotland that he does of other countries. That is not to say that he doesn't provide accurate information or make excellent recommendations - it's just that the information is not of the same depth of most of his other works. After reading this boo ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I did not enjoy this version nearly as much as I enjoyed his Ireland edition. I agree with other reviewers where it seemed that he went more with popular opinion rather than experience. Why was Loch Ness not given 3 triangles?! The history and geology alone make it worth the trip, never mind the views and things to do in the area! I think it's a good start but I will definitely be adding my own sections! ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved this guide. Done with a first read-through but will keep referencing and probably want to bring it along on my trip. Lots of logistics, a dose of humor, suggestions of what to see and what to skip, and easy-to-understand organization make this book a winner. It had plenty of detail, but was not overwhelming.

This was a guide you could use without needing any others.
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
typical Rick steves! Love his travel books, this one was no exception. we used it almost exclusively to plan, and dur8ng, our trip to Scotland last month
Brittney DeFriez
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very informative and helpful. Not a lot of hiking/kayaking, etc. information, but a great start.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Always the best travel guide. Never disappoints!
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I travel to some 15 countries per year, visiting them from 1 to 3 times each year. This is the best guide book I ever read. Good luck on your trip and happy travels!
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Richard "Rick" Steves is an American author and television personality on European travel. He is the host of a public television series, and a public radio travel show, and the author of many travel guidebooks and autobiographies. ...more

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