Subject: Northern Scotland
Greetings Ziners, We have done a lot of driving in the UK over the last 30 odd years. My source of guidance is either the AA Road Atlas of Britain, which is 4 miles to the inch, or (preferred slightly) the quite similar Ordanance Survey Road Atlas, 3 miles to the inch. Farm tracks are not on them, but they are A3 sized, which means A2 when opened out, and served us well in our habitual Bxxx road journeys (I HATE M roads). I presuppose that you understand the British road system - M for motorways, then A, and B roads in descending order, subdivided by the length of the number. eg - A1 is a bigger road than A10, but MUCH bigger than B6523, and anything without an A or B prefix is a local track. Scotland in general is a bit short on roads, and the North is much more so. Quite amazing really for what all we new-world citizens think of as a heavily populated country. There are several roads across the North, but the topography doesn't allow direct routes anywhere much. For example, Cape Wrath has a road, but you need to take a ferry to get onto it, and then take the same ferry to get off it again. My suspicion is that all the smaller roads (C roads ???) all go to somewhere, but not past wherever-it-is. (we are a bit the same in Australia). the aatlas-type road maps mentioned above show more or less any road that will take you anywhere. Maybe its just us, but we feel that the time and trouble taken in island-hopping is of questionable value, as the mainland is a knockout already, provided you keep to the B roads, especially the ones with the steep grade markings. By the way, WH Smith at all larger airports will have either or both the above Books for about UKL 7 or 8 - as I said, they are A3 in format, only about 1/4 inch thick, but full of dreams.