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For a quarter of a century there has been a travel guide that sets the standard in Scotland. 

Scotland The Best is a personal account by the man who we believe knows the country better than anyone else.  From Wigtown to Wick and Lewis to Leith, Peter Irvine has walked the walks, tasted the food and tested the hospitality. He travels around Scotland on his own in his wee two seater, giving every place he visits his full attention.

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Scotland The Best, is consistently considered the true insider’s guide to Scotland. He admits this is really a book of the best things in Scotland, but as chosen by him. And we all follow his advice! Over 250,000 copies have been sold since 1994 and it is Collins’ bestselling guide book.

This 2019 edition has new sections and discoveries reflecting big improvements in the standard of hospitality in the past quarter of a century.  New restaurants and hotels t have been visited and reviewed.  If they aren’t in the book, then they will no doubt strive to be. He takes local recommendations from those who are to lead him onwards in this journey.

Scotland The Best is a very individual book which has always included favourite views, walks and secret beaches and places to swim in the river. It celebrates Scotland’s Great Outdoors. 

This, the 13th edition, has the unique code system (with a new one for the incredibly successful North Coast 500 route) that helps readers to find exactly what they need in a destination.  This is not a usual guide book – he writes the same amount of text about anything which is included in it. Even Gleneagles gets the same few lines. Peter is very industrious and exacting in his work, encouraging independent, artisan and sometimes quirky enterprises across Scotland.  

Written in his own pithy style, it offers a real record of what he has seen and done when he visited – and the best guide for you and your visitors alike.

Peter Irvine has devised and directed many of Scotland’s major public events from the Glasgow’s European City of Culture in 1990 and the Opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 to the Inauguration of the Queensferry Crossing in 2017. He created and was the Director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay from 1992 to 2018.

He was awarded an MBE, an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University and the Silver Thistle award for his personal contribution to tourism in Scotland.