Books that will inspire you to #VisitRuralBritain

It's the most wonderful time of the year! No, it's not Christmas again but World Book Day.

Called us old fashioned but there's nothing better than planning a trip with guidebook in hand, as you mark pages and decide where to go and what to do.

Guidebooks are put together by passionate people who want to help promote the areas they're writing about. They contain priceless information from people who have tried and tested the restaurants, hotels and days out to ensure you have the best experiences.

So, here's a list of some great guidebooks to the British countryside that you can pick up and start planning.



Outer Hebrides, The Western Isles of Scotland from Lewis to Barra, by Mark Rowe is the first guidebook solely dedicated to these beautiful islands.

The Outer Hebrides offer some of Britain's wildest and most spectacular countryside and include the crescent-shaped beaches of North Uist, the ever-changing bays of Luskentrye and the undentable moonscape of Harris's east coast, where the rocks are among the oldest on the planet.

In summer, coastal meadows, a unique landscape known as the machair, burst with a riot of flowers. The guide offers comprehensive details of where to stay and where to eat across the chain of 14 inhabited islands as well as how to travel around, from ferries to hiking (more than 30 walks are included).

As much emphasis is placed on getting under the skin of the islands, revealing life, wildlife and culture. The guide is available in all good bookshops priced £14.99 and online at and Amazon.




Best of England Travel Guides by Inspiring Discovery cover eight of the country's regions, including Sussex, Kent, Devon & Dorset, Cornwall, Lake District & Cumbria, Yorkshire, Isle of Wight and Hampshire and East Anglia and are available as individual books or as part of a box set.

Each one is handpicked and has been visited and photographed by a member of the Best of England team.

They believe there is nothing better than local knowledge when looking for hidden gems, so use social media to ask locals to the area to tell them where to go. 

Ultimately, every recommendation we make is based on their own experience and opinion.

The guides are very much after our own heart here at The Rural Travel Guide and as we are lucky to have been sent copies of The Best of Yorkshire and The Best of Devon and Dorset, we can attest to the quality and beautiful imagery that fills each page.

They're available for £12.99 each or £109.99 for the box set from


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And because we're not dinosaurs, we do appreciate some books are just as great online, such as South Devon Loves Dogs.

Four times British Travel Award-winning holiday lettings agency Coast and Country Cottages has launched the dog-friendly holiday guide as a free download for travellers to the south coast.

The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a popular holiday destination for dogs (and their owners). With miles of unspoilt coastal paths to explore, countless dog-friendly beaches, and hundreds of pubs, restaurants and cafés that welcome four-legged friends, it's a wonderful region to discover.

This insightful one-stop guide is filled with informative and useful articles, with advice from local vets and the National Farmers’ Union, not to mention a ‘dog-friendly directory’ of South Devon eateries that welcome pets, and contact details of local businesses those holidaying with dogs in the area might find useful.

To download the guide visit


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Megan is the owner of Rural Roots Media, specialising in rural tourism, where her passion for travel, heritage and a great visitor experience inspired her to start 'The Rural Travel Guide'.

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