As you may have noticed from my Scottish travel blog, I spend much of my time travelling around Scotland searching out hidden gems. When I read about The Wild Guide to Scotland, which is released today, it sounded exactly like my kind of guide and I was excited to get my hands on a copy and check it out for myself.
The book comprises beautiful images and a decade worth of research. It aims to guide you to over 700 secret adventures, hidden places and wild escapes, including secret beaches, lost ruins and tiny islands.
Compiled by a trio of young Scottish photographer-explorers (Kimberley Grant, Richard Gaston and David Cooper), it is the latest release in the award winning Wild Guide series.
One thing that is a bit misleading from the title is that the guide doesn't cover the whole of Scotland, only the Highlands and Islands which is a shame, but for those looking to explore this area, there are plenty of inspirational ideas. One other disappointment for me was that my home island, the Isle of Bute, doesn't get a mention either despite there being lots of local wild adventures available.
The guide is a mixture of well known wild attractions such as the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye and Ben Nevis, along with lesser known gems such as Black Rock Gorge and Taynish Nature Reserve. It also provides ideas for places to eat, stay and visit in each area.
I think I know Scotland pretty well and although most of the suggestions were already familiar to me, there were still quite a few places I hadn't heard of. The Wild Guide to Scotland is ideal for anyone wanting to explore Scotland a little deeper and discover new places that aren't normally mentioned in traditional guidebooks.
It would be impossible to include all the amazing places that Scotland has to offer in one book (or blog!) but The Wild Guide to Scotland does provide plenty of inspiration for some memorable Scottish adventures.
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