Book review – A Bit Scott-ish: Pedalling Through Scotland in Search of Adventure, Nature and Lemon Drizzle Cake by Mike Carden

A wonderful book. Mike Carden has written one of the best accounts of a long-distance cycle in Scotland yet written, he has managed to write a book that is very funny and yet also an excellent travelogue. I took this book with me on my recent Killin to Culloden cycle as part of my route overlapped with his and I looked forward to sitting down to read Mike Carden’s account each evening after my own adventures on the bike.
Unlike other bicycle travel books Mike Carden has a travelling companion – his bike, Scott. Scott has a dry wit and is not slow to pronounce on the author’s failings such as fitness level and his amazing ability to get lost almost anywhere. In other hands this could easily have become twee and/or annoying but it works here because the author uses the idea sparingly and also very cleverly.
The route chosen takes the author over 600 miles, the entire length of Scotland from Orkney to the Borders and he is joined by his son for the last section from Edinburgh to Berwick-upon-Tweed. The Adventure (as Mike Carden amusingly calls it) takes in the beauty of the Highlands, Perthshire, Fife and the region south of Edinburgh as well as his childhood home. I can’t recommend this book highly enough to all the planning to cycle in Scotland, or even wishing to.
Amazon link: A Bit Scott-ish: Pedalling Through Scotland in Search of Adventure, Nature and Lemon Drizzle Cake

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