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 WALKING IN SOUTH-WEST SCOTLAND
[Glasgow, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Arran]

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LONG DISTANCE PATHS RUNNING THROUGH THE REGION ARE HIGHLIGHTED IN WHITE

The West Highland Way: Glasgow to Fort William, Charlie Loram - The West Highland Way passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Britain. From the outskirts of Glasgow it winds for 96 miles (154.5km) along the wooded banks of Loch Lomond, across the wilderness of Rannoch Moor, over the mountains above Glencoe to a dramatic finish passing Ben Nevis - Britain's highest mountain - into the centre of Fort William. 26 guides to towns and villages and 53 large-scale walking maps - at just under 1:20,000 - showing route times, places to stay, places to eat, points of interest and much more. These are not general-purpose maps but fully-edited maps drawn by walkers for walkers. Itineraries for all walkers - whether walking the route in its entirety or sampling the highlights on day walks and short breaks. Practical information for all budgets - camping, bunkhouses, hostels, B&Bs, pubs and hotels; - where to stay, where to eat, what to see, plus detailed town and village guides. Comprehensive public transport information - for all access points on the West Highland Way. Flora and fauna - four page full colour flower guide, plus an illustrated section on local wildlife. Green hiking - understanding the local environment and minimizing our impact on it. GPS waypoints. These are also downloadable from the Trailblazer website. Plus extra colour sections: 16pp colour introduction and 16pp of colour mapping for stage sections (one stage per page) with trail profiles. Published March 16.
 

For more on West Highland Way, see Highlands Books

Arran: 40 Favourite Walks, Phil Turner - With dramatic mountain ridges towering over the moorland of its northern half, and a lusher, softer landscape in the south, Arran is often dubbed as Scotland in Miniature. The fact is that this is an island with a huge amount to offer packed into small space. The great granite ridges may be lower in stature than those in the Highlands, but they are the equal of any mountains in Scotland for sheer grandeur. The coastline has some superb scenery and a wonderful outlook, whether towards Ayrshire or to Kintyre. And the island itself is packed with history and human interest, from the ancient standing stones on Machrie Moor to the modern-day Buddhist retreat on Holy Island. Published May 12.

A Jaunt Around Old Glasgow: History and High Jinks, A Walking Tour, Tom Rannachan - Take a leisurely walk around Glasgow city centre & visit the streets & locations where the rogues, vagabonds & colourful characters from the past lived long ago. Enjoy the architecture & read the fascinating true stories of the old city as the history is brought to life. Published February 16.

Walking in the Southern Uplands, Ronald Turnbull - This guide offers 44 routes stretching right across the Southern Uplands of Scotland, from Merrick and the Galloway Hills in the west to Arthur's Seat and the River Tweed in the east. The Scottish Southern Uplands is a range that is about as big as the English Pennines. It is wild hill country, with over 80 hills of 2000ft or more, and it boasts a real remoteness that is difficult to find elsewhere. All hillwalkers should experience these wonderfully characterful landscapes: green and gentle, but with hidden surprises. The routes are suitable from spring to autumn, and on winter days with good weather and snow conditions. Each route provides information on distance, ascent, time, maximum altitude and terrain, as well as details of any variants or shortcuts. With notes on points of interest along the way as well as on transport and accommodation, the guide gives all the information walkers need. Published January 15.

ISBN: 9781852847401 - Walking in the Southern Uplands

Dumfries and Galloway: 40 Coast and Country Walks, J Fallis - Dumfries & Galloway 40 Coast and Country Walks provides a taste of every aspect of this large county and offers access to some of the less visited parts of this quiet and beautiful corner of the UK. Every effort has been made to make the walks accessible by public transport and all are intended to be suitable for families. Published May 09

Dumfries and Galloway: 40 Coast and Country Walks

The Arran Coastal Way, Jacquetta Megarry - The Arran Coastal Way is one of Scotland's newest long-distance walks, running around the coast of the Isle of Arran for 65 miles. Arran is easily reached from Glasgow by frequent ferry from nearby Ardrossan. Famous as 'Scotland in miniature', the island is rich in coastal scenery and wildlife, with fine castles, caves, and standing stones. This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy one of Scotland's finest circular walks such as: detailed route description; background on pre-history and history; whisky-making and wildlife on Arran; map of the entire route in 4 drop-down panels; practical information about public transport and travel; lavishly illustrated, with 75 colour photographs; and, is printed on waterproof paper. Published April 08

ISBN: 9781898481287 - The Arran Coastal Way

Galloway Coast, Keith Fergus - 25 walks exploring the natural heritage of Southwest Scotland. Published July 12.

ISBN: 9781907101045 - Galloway Coast

Walking Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and Lanarkshire, Mary Welsh and Christine Isherwood. Published March 12.

 

Ayrshire: 40 Coast and Country Walks, Phil Turner - The county of Ayrshire is located on the Firth of Clyde on the beautiful West Coast of Scotland and is known as one of the most fertile areas of the country, famed for its cattle and crops. Although more industrial to the north, it is in the main a landscape made for walking with an abundance of open countryside and rugged little hills, golden sandy beaches and beautiful sunsets. It is also home to several renowned golf courses, including Turnberry and Royal Troon, and as the birthplace of Robert Burns, it attracts visitors from far and wide keen to explore the land that inspired the national poet. This guide features 40 mostly moderate walks full of interest which explore all aspects of the region, from craggy cliffs and caves to historic castles, ancient forests to sandy shorelines. Many of the routes are suitable for families and can be accessed by public transport. Published May 14. 

ISBN: 9781907025396 - Ayrshire

Walking Through Glasgow's Industrial Past, Ian R Mitchell - Walking Through Glasgow's Industrial Past sets out to retrieve the hidden architectural, cultural and historical riches of some of Glasgow's working-class districts. Many who enjoy the fruits of Glasgow's recent gentrification may be surprised and delighted by the gems which Ian Mitchell has uncovered beyond the usual haunts.  Published May 14.  Glasgow: 40 Town and Country Walks, John Craig and Katie Smith - The second title in "Pocket Mountains"' acclaimed "Town and Country Walks" series features 40 of the very best city, parkland and hill walks within reach of Scotland's largest and liveliest city. From the the glorious city parklands, which gave Glasgow its name as the 'Dear Green Place', to the easily-gained hills which look down over shimmering Loch Lomond, this guide contains 40 easy walking routes which will surprise locals as well as inspire visitors to explore this fascinating heartland of Scotland. Published March 08.

ISBN: 9780955454813 - Glasgow

 

Southern Uplands  Nick Williams - From the award winning series of Pocket Mountains walking guides. 40 circular routes taking in the Border, Pentland, Cheviot and Galloway Hills. Colour photos and colour maps. Published March 05

 

Glasgow and Clyde Valley (Ordnance Survey Pathfinder) - 28 varied walks from easy strolls to exhilarating hikes - colour coded according to difficulty. Distance, timing, refreshment stops and advice included. Clear OS mapping at 1:25,000 scale. Published March 99

Pathfinder Guide: Glasgow, the Clyde Valley, Ayrshire and Arran Walks

The Ayrshire and Arran Coastal Paths (British Long Distance Trails), Keith Fergus - For many inhabitants of Glasgow, Ayrshire is the nearest and most natural stretch of coastline to visit. Keith Fergus, a Glasgow native, has enjoyed visiting the area for over 30 years. He has a love of walking and photography as well as a wealth of knowledge of Ayrshire; its rich history, diverse wildlife and scenic beauty. Published June 11. K

ISBN: 9781852846329 - The Ayrshire and Arran Coastal Paths

Walking the Galloway Hills, Paddy Dillon - The Galloway Hills of south-east Scotland offer almost unlimited access for walkers, a rare freedom that has contributed to their description as "A Walker's Paradise". A tract of rocky, heathery wilderness interspersed by forest park, these hills offer a varied walking programme, from gentle waymarked forest trails to strenuous, bothy-based treks. You can marvel at the wild qualities of the hills and follow the colourful and turbulent history of the Scottish clans and Robert the Bruce. The mixed woodland and moors support a varied wildlife, including many species of bird and wildfowl, red deer, wild goats, cattle, and even red squirrels and lizards. Paddy Dillon describes in detail 33 circular day walks of 5-12 miles, all starting from a car park, and 7 longer, more adventurous walks. All the walks can be linked with one or two others. Whichever you choose, the Rhinns of Kells, Rig of the Jarkness, Nieve of the Spit, Shallock on Minnoch, Point of the Snibe, Mullwharcher and Craigeazle are names to stir your imagination and inspire you to poetry. Published Dec 03

ISBN: 9781852841683 - Walking in the Galloway Hills

The Southern Upland Way: Scotlands Coast to Coast Trail, Alan Castle - The Southern Upland Way is Scotland's Coast-to-Coast Walk and the longest of the National Trails north of the Border. It runs for 212 miles (341km) from picturesque Portpatrick on the west coast across the Galloway and Border Hills to finish on the east coast at Cockburnspath south of Dunbar. On the way, it passes through remote and romantic country and visits many of the locations associated with Scotland's often turbulent past. Dalry, Sanquhar, Wanlockhead (Britain's highest village), Moffat, Galashiels, Melrose and Lauder are all staging posts en route. The guidebook divides the walk into thirteen stages of varying length that will fill a two-week walking holiday in this relatively unknown area of Britain. The walk is at times a somewhat strenuous one, but advice is given on how all the longer stages may be broken down into shorter, more manageable sections. Possibilities for shorter walking holidays along the Way are also fully discussed.  Published June 07.

ISBN: 9781852844097 - The Southern Upland Way

For More on The Southern Upland Way - See Long Distance Paths

The Border Country - A Walker's Guide, Alan Hall - This third edition contains around 50 walks of between 4 and 11 miles in the Border Hills and Southern Uplands, as well as outlines of a number of long distance walks that cross the area. All routes illustrated with OS mapping. Published April 05

THE BORDER COUNTRY - A Walker's Guide

 

Dumfries and Galloway (Ordnance Survey Pathfinder) - 28 varied routes from easy strolls to exhilarating hikes - 9 short walks, 12 moderate and 7 more challenging. Distance, timing, refreshment stops and advice included. Clear OS mapping at 1:25,000 scale. Includes Doach Wood, Wigtown, Gretna Green, Rascarrel Bay, Garroch Glen, Loch Trool, Sweetheart Abbey, Colvend Coast and Merrick. Limited availability. Published May 08

Pathfinder Guide: Dumfries & Galloway

 

AA 50 Walks Glasgow and South West Scotland - Walking is one of Britain's favourite leisure activities, and this great pocket-sized walking guide to Glasgow & South West Scotland features a variety of mapped walks to suit all abilities. Contained within the guide are 50 walks of 2-10 miles and all the practical detail you need, accompanied by fascinating background reading on the history and wildlife of the area, and an introduction to each walk. All walks are annotated with local points of interest and places to stop for refreshments. And every walk is given a summary of distance, time, gradient, level of difficulty, type of surface and access, landscape, dog friendliness, parking and public toilets. Limited availability. Published August 09.

 

 

25 Walks in Ayrshire & Arran, Alan Forbes - The 25 Walks books are practical guides and attractive souvenirs. Written by experienced authors, they can be used with confidence. The carefully selected local walks are accompanied by easy-to-use maps and colour photographs. Ayrshire & Arran describes 25 walks in some of Scotland's most beautiful countryside. On Arran you can explore Machrie Moor or climb to the top of Goatfell, while in Ayrshire you can enjoy a stroll on the banks of the River Ayr or a walk that takes in a visit to Culzean Castle. A key point for the walker to note about Ayrshire and Arran is that both areas are extremely accessible. Transport links are so good that it is possible to leave Glasgow for Arran in the morning, walk the length of Holy Isle, and be back in Glasgow that evening. In the words of the author: 'there is something here for everyone, and I hope that you enjoy discovering these walks as much as I have.' Limited availability. Published June 04

25 Walks: Ayrshire and Arran

AA 30 Walks (Cards) Glasgow and South West Scotland - This original concept takes the most popular walks from the AA's best-selling and newly updated walks database and packages them on individual laminated cards in a durable box. The small and handy size means that the box can be stowed away in a pocket or handbag and single cards extracted at each walk start point. Clear and concise instructions plus a full-colour route map make the cards a joy to use. Limited availability. Published June 10. 

ISBN: 9780749564384 - Glasgow and South West Scotland

25 Walks: Dumfries & Galloway, Tom Whitty - A range of walks with full colour photographs and maps. Includes a walk to St. Ninian's cave, coastal walks and town walks in Kirkcudbright and Dumfries. Limited availability. Published April 07

ISBN: 9781841831183 - Dumfries and Galloway

Island Walks: The Southern Hebrides and Arran, Stephen Whitehorne - This guide introduces the islands by way of a series of 26 graded walks (easy to strenuous) of various distances (2-13 miles) which will appeal to walkers of all ages and experience. Limited availability.  Published May 04

Walking in the Lowther Hills, Ronald Turnbull - Also includes the Carsphairn Hills, the hills of Solway Coast, Tinto and Cauldcleugh Head - Southern Scotland's hills between Galloway and the Border country. 50 walks of between 3 and 17 miles in length. Limited availability. Published Feb 99

Walking in the Isle of Arran, Paddy Dillon - The Isle of Arran is often referred to as 'Scotland in miniature'. Its northern mountain ranges contrast markedly with its southern moorlands and forests, while its coastline features placid bays and striking cliffs. Roads are limited in extent, but opportunities to explore on foot abound. This guidebook follows paths into the high mountains, taking in deep glens and rocky ridges. Forest trails are discovered and extensive moorlands are traversed, as the routes reveal the archaeology, history and natural wonders of the island. The needs of walkers are recognised, with background notes indicating where food, drink and accommodation can be found, along with information about visitor attractions island-wide and public transport around the island. Other walking routes, ranging from easy nature trails to arduous mountain scrambles, provide thorough coverage of Arran, including nearby Holy Isle and its Buddhist retreat. One visit simply isn't enough, and Arran will draw you back time and time again. Limited availability. Published March 08. K

Walking in the Isle of Arran: Complete Guide to Scotland in Miniature (Cicerone British Mountains S.)

 

Urban Walks Glasgow and the West, Roger Smith - Scotland's towns and cities are packed with historical and scenic interest, and all of them have wonderful stories to tell. Well-known outdoors writer Roger Smith has gathered 30 fascinating urban walks, some from his popular column in 'The Herald', covering Glasgow and the West, into a volume that is sure to interest a wide audience. A perfect antidote for restless weekends and holidays at home, as well as providing tourists with fantastic sightseeing opportunities, many of these walks are based on the weekly series that Roger wrote between 2003 and 2006, but in each case the walks have been thoroughly revised, updated and expanded. There are walks to suit all moods, from the heart of Glasgow's city centre to the West's leafy green spaces and stunning coastline: the book covers routes throughout Glasgow, including the bustling Merchant City, the vibrant West End and the scenic Queen's Park as well as in towns as diverse as Ayr, Biggar, Irvine, Rothesay and Dumfries. Limited availability. Published January 09.

ISBN: 9781841831237 - Urban Walks

 

MORE MAPS

Arran Including Arran Coastal Way XT25, Superwalker. Harvey. Published Aug 14

Glasgow Popular Hills (Superwalker), Harvey. Published April 00. Limited availability.

 

 

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