Which travel guide Scotland is suitable for which trip?

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Which travel guides Scotland are suitable for our trip

Which travel guide Scotland

Which one Travel Guides Scotland is suitable for our trip? We are asking ourselves this question at the moment. This is our first time traveling to Scotland. We will look at Inverness and Loch Ness. It will be a flying visit, not a trip that takes you across the entire country. We use the time beforehand to find out about the country, its sights and its people. Of course, we consult information from the Internet. We also research travel blogs. And we ask the local tourist information office. Nevertheless, we still use the good old travel guides. They are practical. They even help in regions without internet access. They provide brief and concise information about the country and its people. Give tips for staying overnight. Recommend where to eat well. They also contain helpful information at a glance that is 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

Which Scotland travel guide is the best? Since our trip doesn't take us through the whole of Scotland, we would be interested in a travel guide that introduces Inverness and Loch Ness. After all, it devotes 18 pages Lonely Planet Scotland * (Display) of this city and its surroundings. This includes climate tips as well as recommendations on where to eat well and have a nice night's sleep. I also like the overview map of the region. A map like this is very important to me, especially in times of navigation devices. Otherwise it's easy for me to let the navigation device guide me without knowing exactly where I am.

As a newcomer to the region, it is important to me to be informed about the highlights of the area. This also includes the local attractions. Since we are flying to Inverness, how I get from the airport to the city is important to me. This Scotland travel guide also offers relevant information.

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


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Image Atlas

The picture atlas Scotland from DUMONT, on the other hand, is completely different. This is not a classic travel guide to Scotland. It's less about travel information, although that is also available. Rather, this atlas presents the country and its people. In it we find out the first information about what Scotland is all about. We also like to take a look behind the scenes on our travels. We also learn a lot about this in this image atlas. It's about the peculiarities of the border region 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 regional cuisine. There is also information about this in this volume. A perfect introduction for Scotland newbies 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 for your trips? Which Scotland travel guide is important to you? Let us know in the comments to this post.



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Source Which travel guide Scotland: own book research. We would like to thank DUMONT Verlag for providing us with the travel guides for the discussions. However, our opinions remain our own.

Text of which travel guide Scotland: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
Photos © first photo above copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline; the others are the cover photos from DUMONT Verlag

Which travel guide Scotland is suitable for which trip?

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Food and Slow Travel blog  TravelWorldOnline. They have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Their topics are trips to Savor, wine tourism worldwide and slow travel. During her studies Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she - partly together with Petar Fuchs - traveled to the USA and Canada and spent a research year in British Columbia. This intensified her thirst for knowledge, which she satisfied for 6 years as an adventure guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as a tour guide for Studiosus Reisen around the world. She was constantly expanding her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: "What's beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do they eat in this region?" As a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), she is now looking for answers to these questions as a travel writer and travel blogger in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is among Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021. Find more Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs here.

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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