***In Search of Ancient Scotland
A Guide for the Independent Traveler
by Gerald M. Ruzicki and Dorothy A. Ruzicki
Reviewed July 29, 2003.
Aspen Grove Publishing, Mead, Washington, 2000. 335 pages.
$12.95 on Amazon.com
I would definitely want to have a copy of this book if I had weeks or
months to spend in Scotland. For sheer abundance of ancient sites
and practical information about how to find them, this book is excellent.
Since we only had a one week trip, the main attractions listed in the
corporate guides were plenty for us. This book didn’t have nearly
as many pictures. It presents more of a personal way of traveling
than the books written by committee, which gives it a certain charm.
You’ll learn about small ancient sites that tour buses would never bother
stopping for, but that can give you a thrill of discovery. This book
is a great idea, but I think that Castles
and Ancient Monuments of Scotland
did it better by presenting far
The first chapter of this book, “Beyond Tartans and Bagpipes,” included
a section called “Why Independent?” They say, “We especially like
to travel independently because we can manage our own time, stopping when
we want, exploring some places more than others. Tours have predetermined
schedules to keep, limiting time to tarry. On tours we might have
missed some of our most magical moments…. Most importantly, we go places
I brought this book along, since that section told me I had found kindred
spirits. However, the truth was that I didn’t reach for it very often.
Maybe some day, when we have more time to wander and explore, I will be
able to put this book to good use.
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.
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