Scotland for Dummies 4th Edition

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Explore enchanting Scotland the fun and easy way®

From bustling Edinburgh and Glasgow to the unspoiled scenery of the Hebrides…cathedrals to castles…art galleries to golf courses…historic sites to cozy pubs, Scotland has it all. This friendly guide gives the scoop on everything except a sure way to spot the Loch Ness Monster.

Down-to-earthtrip-planning advice
What you shouldn’t miss —and what you can skip
The best hotels andrestaurants for every budget
Handy Post-it® Flags to mark your favorite pages

About the Author
Barry Shelby was born in 1960 in Berkeley, California, where he later attended the University of California. He received a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Illinois in 1984, after which he was an editor at World Press Review magazine in Manhattan. He moved to Scotland in 1997, where he has worked as a caretaker for a small and privately-owned castle on the Clyde Coast, as a “temp” with the privatized national railway company, and as a food and drink writer and editor for newspapers and magazines, including the Guardian, Glasgow Herald, and The List. He is married to a Scot and lives in Glasgow.

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