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I feel that no one should plan a visit to Scotland without absorbing this book 4-6 weeks prior to making arrangements. Ideally, one would give it a listen first, then read (print copy) and listen simultaneously while making notes and placing sticky tabs for ease of reference.
The writer begins with an overview of the area, it's particular places in Scottish history, a brief of notable Scottish history, briefs of the terrain and aspects of travel, pretty much everything that a visitor ought to know from currency to passports to cost ranges to seasonal tourism. This info is not merely aimed to the US, but to Canada, the EU, and beyond.
The remainder is divided by specific localities, describing everything from attitudes, to flora/fauna, lodgings, castles and ruins, hiking (including uncommon sense reminders for comfort/safety), money exchange, to pub hours, and more. And local impact on history.
Unless you're just stopping there to buy whiskey and a kilt, you would miss out on so much if you had not planned your adventure without the aid of this exceptional infomational.
The narrator's performance enhances the material by pace and cadence which allow the reader to first absorb, then apply the knowledge gained in a way specifically tailored to need. I am not qualified to assess pronunciation of Scot and Gaelic words, but they sound right to me.
I received this book as a gift, and now I feel the need to purchase same for 2 friends who plan to make the trip!
PS: We are history buffs.
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