Which travel guide Scotland is suitable for which trip?

Which travel guides Scotland are suitable for our trip

Scotland Travel Guide

Which one Travel Guides Scotland is suitable for our trip? We're asking ourselves that question right now. We travel to Scotland for the first time. We will look at Inverness and Loch Ness. It will be a flying visit, not a trip that leads through the whole country. We use the time before to inform ourselves about the country, its sights and its people. Of course, we use information from the Internet for advice. We also do research in travel blogs. And we ask the tourist information on the spot. Nevertheless, we still use the good old guides. They are practical. Even in regions without internet access, they help. They provide brief and concise information about the country and its people. Give tips for staying overnight. Recommend, where to eat well. In addition, they contain helpful information at a glance that are useful on the go.

And they work together with others Gifts from Scotland perfect as a souvenir for Scotland friends.

Which Scotland travel guide suits our trip?

We decided on two guides. The Lonely Planet Scotland and the Picture Atlas Scotland of Dumont. Why?

The Lonely Planet Travel Guide Scotland

Since our trip does not take us all over Scotland, we are interested in a travel guide that introduces Inverness and Loch Ness. At least 18 pages are devoted to Lonely Planet Scotland * this city and its surroundings. This includes climate tips as well as recommendations on where to eat well and spend a good night. I also really like the overview map of the region. Such a map is very important to me, especially in times of navigation devices. Otherwise it is easy for me to be guided by the navigation device without knowing exactly where I am.

As a freshman in the region, it is important to me to be informed about the highlights of the area. It also includes the local attractions. As we fly to Inverness, it's important to me how I get from the airport to the city. Also, this guide offers suitable information.

We will also visit Loch Ness. The information includes legends about Nessie as well as tips on hiking, boat trips and attractions. There are also tips for other regions around Inverness. With this guide we are well prepared for our trip to Inverness.

Picture Atlas Scotland

The picture atlas Scotland by DUMONT is quite different. This is less about travel information. Although these are also present. Rather, this atlas presents land and people. In it we get first information about what constitutes Scotland. We also like to look behind the scenes on our travels. Also we learn a lot in this picture atlas. It's about the peculiarities of the borderlands with England as well as cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow. We learn more about Scottish kilts, the stormy weather on Scotland's coasts and whiskey. As you know, we are always interested in the regional cuisine. Also there's information in this volume. A perfect introduction for Scotland newcomers like us!

As the name of the book says, it also contains many photos. These make you want to explore Scotland. They make people curious and their way of life. This makes travel preparation especially enjoyable. We would like to introduce you to what we are experiencing on our trip to Scotland.

How do you prepare your trips? Are guides and maps important to you? Let us know in the comments to this post.

Do you already know:

Source: own book research. We thank DUMONT Verlag for providing us with the travel guides for the meetings. Our opinion, however, remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos © First photo above Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline; the others are the cover photos of the DUMONT publishing house

Which travel guide Scotland is suitable for which trip?

20 thoughts too "Which travel guide Scotland is suitable for which trip?"

  1. Hi monika,

    great overview. I am also one of those who like to use the classic travel guides. I currently like the “Rough Guides” the most. I like your article so much and it would offer good added value for my readers. I would like to link it to my article on my UK Bucket List if you agree (it will appear at the end of the month).
    Best regards,

    1. Dear Sandra,

      I am very happy if you like my article. And of course you are welcome to link it. Let me know when he is online. Then I like to share it in our social media.

      Best regards,

  2. Dear Monika,

    I also do a lot of research about our travels on the Internet and blogs are very helpful. Nevertheless I have a bookshelf where I have stored all travel guides from ALL "possible" countries.

    I use the classic MarcoPolo travel guides as well as Stefan Lohse and Lonely Planet.

    Thank you for the research of the travel guides.

    Best regards,


    1. Hello, dear Saskia,

      We now have several bookshelves full of travel guides at home. If I am looking for new destinations, they are one of the first points of contact :).

      Best regards,

  3. I collect passionate travel guides. I have now bought a great one for New Zealand: National Geograhics. Although I can recommend Lonely Planet really well. And my latest discovery for city breaks: walking through .... from Ployglott!

    Best regards,

    1. Hi Lisa,

      Walk through .... sounds very interesting. This is the best way to get to know a city or region, I think. I also find Lonely Planet and the National Geographic Guide to be very informative.

      Best regards,

  4. Dear Monika,
    Although I'm a lot of digital, I love travel guides in print and I collect them. For me, both the Lonely Planet, as well as the Dumont picture Atlas should not be missing. The new design makes the latter even more attractive. The Lonely Planet has served us well in Scotland.
    Best regards,

    1. Dear Ricarda,

      with us it also makes the mix. So we are always well prepared. I am happy if we made a good selection with the two travel guides. The "Reality Check" comes in September.

      Best regards,

  5. Although I now research a lot of information about our trips in advance on the Internet, the printed guide remains indispensable for me. I'll take a look at your Scotland tips.

    1. Liebe Sabine

      The combination of Internet research and travel guide I find also ideal.

      Best regards,

  6. We miss something when we are on the road and do not have a printed travel guide with us! It's fun to fold dog-ears, to mark interesting sights, etc. Your Scotland-selection could have been used well by our friends, who were there recently.

    1. Dear Silke, dear Thomas,

      I feel that way too. Somehow, a book gives you a different feeling than an electronic device, right?

      Best regards,

  7. I haven't bought a travel guide for about 2 years. I usually travel with a "meanwhile" no backpack and preferably only with hand luggage. The weight of a travel guide beats quite a bit.

    I am in Bali at the moment and I have no plan. I like to be inspired locally and travel from place to place. From places I had not targeted.

    Great research and a great article. I will gladly forward this to a colleague who would like to travel to Scotland soon.

    Best regards,
    Liberty button

    1. Dear Nassira,

      I can understand that well. As a tour guide, I've always been looking for ways to make my luggage easier. Before I became self-employed, a Kindle with all the info on my standard equipment was included. However, in remote regions, there were not always enough ways to recharge it. And then it happened again and again that I was without info somewhere in the wilderness. That's one of the reasons why I have at least one good travel guide in my luggage.

      Best regards,

  8. Dear Monika,
    time and again I have tried it without a guide and again and again, it is not my way to travel.
    Such a good, old book in the hand to read key data, I find wonderful.
    Even better, if you have the right one with you. Thanks for the great research :-)
    When it comes to Scotland, I have your contribution saved.
    LG Katja

    1. Dear Katja,

      I feel the same. I love books since I can read. Books have always been my favorite souvenirs of all my travels. Of course, I also use the electronic aids on the way. But when I have time and leisure, I prefer a book in my hand to a cell phone or a Kindle.

      Best regards,

  9. But that's what I call a good research. A very helpful article, I'm always in front of the endless shelf with the guides.

    I think it's funny "111 reasons to love Scotland". Not a classic travel guide, but you can learn a lot of background information. Is more for reading pleasure.

    I look forward to the trip reports.

    Best regards,

    1. Dear Daniela,

      Yes, I also know these introductions to certain regions and I like them a lot, especially because they often contain things that are a bit off the usual tourist routes. We are very excited about Inverness and Loch Ness.

      Best regards,

  10. I tried it for a while without a guide in book form, but I was missing something. So they are back again, at least for larger tours. I like the picture Atlas of Dumont for the same reasons as you.

    1. Dear Antje,

      We are the same. I like it when I hold a book in which I can look for information. Especially because Internet access is not everywhere. Especially where you are looking for something, the net is often missing. We also like to use it for preparation, just to research away from the computer.

      Best regards,

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