Scotland: Ceud Mile Failte: one hundred thousand welcomes!

  • 16 March 2004
  • UK

If you go to Scotland expecting to find a bunch of red-haired, skirt wearing brutes called Hamish with sheep’s stomachs hanging out of their mouths, then you’ll be disappointed. ‘There are an estimated 60 million people around the world who claim Scottish ancestry’ and for good reason. ‘Like a fine single malt, Scotland is a connoisseur’s delight – a land of salt-tangled sea air, peaty waters and a rich, multi-layered history that reveals its true depth and complex flavours only to those who savour it slowly’, says Lonely Planet’s new Scotland guide.

The publication this week of Lonely Planet’s third edition to the country sees rave reviews for Scotland and explores the country whose highlights include magnificent scenery, some of Europe’s finest hiking territory, captivating castles and cities that ‘offer inspiring architecture, great museums and galleries, and lively pubs and clubs.’

Travellers to this corner of the world will find that ‘any time is a good time to visit Scotland’. ‘It’s a place that changes with the seasons, offering something new each time you visit.’

Lonely Planet Scotland (edition) has several new features that will ensure you get the most out of this stunning country.

• New full-colour highlights section – Lochs & Mountains, Walkling Country, Castles and Country Houses and City Life.

• A compelling 5-page Itineraries section with suggestions for Classic, Roads Less Travelled and Tailored Trips whether by foot, car or two-wheels.

Dedicated chapters on Scottish culture, history, environment and food & drink – including boxed texts on ‘Haggis – Scotland’s National Dish’ and ‘How to be a Malt Whisky Buff’

Individual chapters on the country’s two foremost cities, Edinburgh; ‘Not only is Edinburgh one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, it also enjoys one of Europe’s most beautiful settings’ and Glasgow; ‘Rejuvenation is the buzz word in Glasgow.’

50 cross-referenced maps make finding your way easy.

Notes to editors

• Extracts & images are available on request
• Authors, Alan Murphy & Neil Wilson, are available for interview and Tony Wheeler is available for interview on the 15th, 16th and 19th March.
• Tony Wheeler, founder of Lonely Planet Publications, will be giving a talk on ‘Scotland and Independent Travel’ at Waterstones West End, Edinburgh on 19 March 2004 at 6pm. Tickets are free and available from the branch, call 0131 226 2666.
Edinburgh (3rd edition) is out June 2004