Reviews of Mary Queen of Scots Way

The reviews below refer to "Mary Queen of Scots Way" published by Rucksack Readers. To find out more about this book, click on its cover or Look inside its pages or visit its Gallery.

From a review by Sean Makin

Paul Prescott, the author who also devised the route, takes walkers on a very scenic tour of a part of the country that many walkers will never have seen.

The route passes through many places with a connection to one of the best known members of historic Scottish royalty – Mary Queen of Scots. The author includes a well written overview of the life and death of Mary Queen of Scots which helps readers unaware of her tragic story to understand her connection to the walk.

The guide book is designed for the walker and is printed onto water resistant paper which is spiral bound in a fashion that allows walkers to keep it open easily at the stage they are walking. There are plenty of full colour photographs from the route throughout ...

A few of the sections route are also overlaid onto a photograph to allow the walker to orientate themselves with the landscape which is something I have only seen in a handful of guide books and is nice way in aiding navigation and should be used more. There are also little interesting snippets scattered throughout the guide which are enjoyable to read and again connect walkers with the route’s namesake.

The Mary Queen of Scots Way is a excellent long distance walks across Scotland and the author has created a walking route that I am sure many will enjoy for years to come.

Read the full review, with photos, online at Walk Fife

From an online review by Richard Morgan

One thing I love about these books: if you get to a tricky spot, the author knows you might have a problem so on a picture taken from the path, they have superimposed the route so you can hold it up and visualise your route. Genius!

The full review appeared on Richard's blog

From a review by John McHale of Grough

The Mary Queen of Scots Way is a 172km (107-mile) route across Scotland produced by munro-bagger Paul Prescott.

The walk, from Arrochar in the West to St Andrews on the Fife coast, passes through places with a link to Scotland’s last queen, who met a grisly end in 1587.

Paul Prescott, who has summited more than 200 Munros, has been researching and compiling the route since 2006. The guide ... has a detailed route description with photographs and overlays, a map of the route at 1:110,000 scale in six drop-down panels, and is printed on water-resistant paper.

Read the full text on Grough.

From an online review by Walkhighlands

The route is intriguing and should appeal to walkers wanting a fairly low level, accessible, multi-day walk with the satisfaction of crossing the country as well as being able to stay in interesting places, many of which have castles or other historical sites to explore ...

Printed on robust water-resistant paper and spiral bound, the guidebook has a good selection of photographs and enough background information on wildlife and history as well as good practical pointers on transport, accommodation, taking dogs etc, to whet your appetite for the route and enable you to plan a trip properly.

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From an online review on Undiscovered Scotland

Although this is a new walk, the instructions show every sign of having been carefully checked by actual users. When combined with excellent photography, in some cases with an overlay of the route to be followed, the result is a guide that inspires confidence in the reader.

The book shares all the features we have come to know and appreciate from other Rucksack Readers: including waterproof paper, a robust spiral binding, and a fold out route map. Add in an introduction which covers planning issues such as accommodation and terrain and you really do end up with everything you need in order to begin to dream of crossing Scotland by a new route that we suspect will become very popular over time.

The book also includes a biographical section about Mary Queen of Scots, and ... the route of the walk visits a number of places associated with her during her time in Scotland.

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Printed book £10.99

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