Edinburgh and the Best of Glasgow in Frommer’s highly-recommended Day by Day series packs Scotland’s two greatest cities into its 184 pages. Combining Glasgow and Edinburgh in one book is ideal, as the two cities are only just over an hour apart by train. If you’re staying in one of them you should at least spend a day – preferably longer, of course – in the other. This inexpensive but excellent guide is probably all that you need for a visit.
Edinburgh Glasgow Guidebook: Self-Guided Tours
One of the key features we like in the Day by Day series is the inclusion of self-guided tours. There are both regular walking tours, which link the main sights, and thematic tours too. For example, in Edinburgh there’s a self-guided tour for Art Lovers, another taking you around Historic Edinburgh, while another covers Literary Edinburgh. This one ranges from Sir Walter Scott at the Scott Monument to the Oxford Bar, the favourite pub of both crime writer Ian Rankin and his fictional creation, Inspector Rebus.
The Glasgow section (which is about one-third of the book) includes an architecture tour, while other self-guided tours make suggestions for seeing the best of both cities in one day, two days, or three days.
Edinburgh and Glasgow Guidebook: Maps
Maps are an important part of any guidebook, and the Day by Day series does them well. The maps are clear and clean-looking, with a very pale yellow and green background which allows the mix of dark blue and black text to stand out. The attractions are shown in brown, or as dark orange dots if they’re small, and the highlighted features of each map have bright red numbering. Most of the main streets have their names marked, and all the text is large enough to read comfortably. These all sound like simple things, but they are vital to get right. We’ve seen maps where you have to hold the page up to your face to read some of the tiny text, but Frommer’s does its maps properly. In addition to the maps throughout the book, which include location maps for the hotels and restaurants, there’s a very handy larger pull-out map in a plastic wallet on the inside back cover. This opens up to show Edinburgh on one side, Glasgow on the other, and with street indexes for both. Full marks for maps, then.
Our Verdict on this Edinburgh and Glasgow Guidebook
In fact full marks all round for an excellent and compact guide to two terrific and very different cities. It’s small enough to fit in a pocket or purse, very light, but not lightweight. Highly recommended.
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