After the first few chapters, the book got into the different areas of Scotland and the list of things to do, eat, and sleep has been made. I really enjoyed the two page primer on Robert Burns' impact on Scottish literature (and tourism industry) and the other one page primers on the history of certain people and places.
However, the writing didn't improve. I read thoroughly the chapters on Edinburgh and Glasgow, but I skimmed the rest of the chapters. The travel facts chapter didn't have anything of value to me either. I feel like I am more prepared to plan my trip around what I (and the rest of the family...I guess) want to see and experience, but I want to use a different guidebook for when I am actually there in Scotland. 2.5 stars because it was helpful to a degree, but not the book to use once on vacation.