Reviews - what customers say about Friendly Guides

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Based on 136 reviews
Great set of guides

This is a great little collection of guides in a perfect format to carry with you. Full of clear information, maps and suggestions to get the most out of a visit to these Isles. The discount for buying the set is a bonus.

Well Written With Lots of Information & Affection for the Area

Really pleased I went with an independent publisher and bought this book. It's really well put together with everything you need to know - history, sites, walks, entertainment, culture, nature, beaches, places to eat and a general feel for the place. The book is written by someone who seems to love the area and it's going to be so useful for our holiday. Thank you!

Excellent efficient service

Friendly Guides excel again.

Yet another excellent guide book about their own County from this Cornish-based publisher. Clear and concise this latest volume takes us around the Helford River in the publisher/author's own thorough style. However, the one thing that puts this series of books in a league above all others are the maps. As a cartographer by training I consider that these maps must be the Gold Standard for any guide book - anywhere. Also, Friendly Guide's excellent service must be commended. Order placed on Wednesday, arrived in the post on Saturday. Keep up the good work.

Highly recommend

I bought the Bryher guide and it is brilliant. It is so interesting and has been written with imagination and real observation for the small details which other guides I have read do not always give. The writer appears to really know the island and has managed to capture what lies beneath the surface. The imagery this gives makes it a fascinating read. It is also accurate - real thought has been given to this wonderful little booklet and the descriptions, beautiful photographs and maps really bring the island to life.
I already have the Friendly Guides map series and would not hesitate to get more of these Island by Island booklets as well.
Definitely some of the best Scilly guides around!

Wish there were more guides like this

I am a great fan of the Friendly guides. I have them all. They are not only very helpful when you are actually on holiday in Cornwall. They are interesting to read any time of the year - just for fun.

Helford guide

Another excellent book from Friendly guides, a really comprehensive guide to the River Helford area containing everything you need to know. These are by far the best guides to the West & South Cornwall areas that you can buy.

Top guide to the Helford estuary.

This is such a helpful guide book to a very beautiful area, particularly because it is not so accessible. Parking tips much appreciated and excellent advice regarding the recommended walks. I think one of the best in the Friendly Guide series!

Scilly Island by Island

A first class compilation with everything you need to know about spending time in the Isles of Scilly. A real bargain and an excellent service.

Scilly Island by Island

Excellent service.
I emailed to ask about the date of the new edition for the Isles of Scilly, the response the the email was quick and I was told the date, this was later than my holiday date and I was advise to have a look at purchasing Scilly Island by Island collection.
I purchased the collection which arrived within in two days.
Everything about this company was excellent and will definitely look at there website again when looking to purchase a guide.

Scilly Pocket Map Collection
Elizabeth Stringer

Delivered the next day. They look great and will be used on our forthcoming visit. We were recommended to get these maps by a neighbour who uses them on their trips.

These maps are just brilliant for use when visiting any of the islands. Clear and with masses of useful information.

Scilly Island by Island

Fantastic service, ordered online in the afternoon, delivered by 9am next morning. The books are brilliant on each island and the maps in them are far more detailed and easier to use than OS.

Scilly Pocket Map Collection

Excellent mapping

These are really detailed maps their large, 1:10,000 scale, makes them excellent for finding your way round the roads, tracks and paths of the Isles of Scilly. Easier to use than the Ordnance Survey's 1:25,000 map.
Unfortunately the paper is not very strong and after walking round St Mary's for a week with the map I was left with five separate strips. If you buy before you go to the islands then it would be worth covering in a clear plastic film to make them more robust.

Great Personal Service

If only all companies were like this - great comms and quick service - also the maps were perfect. Hopefully they will be well used over the coming years.

Isles of Scilly guides and maps

I've been coming to the islands for over 20 years. The guides are full of
interesting facts and details and the maps make getting around very easy.
Highly recommended - thank you

Isles of Scilly Guidebook
Stanley Goodhew
Isles of Scilly Guide

Excellent book, very informative. Looking forward to following the walks.

Scilly Isles in a nutshell

Excellent and comprehensive information with great maps. A must have if you are planning to visit the Isles.


Love these guides, very detailed and lots of photos!

Excellent guidebook

Tells a first time visitor all they need to know about the islands. The author obviously knows them inside out and shares his enthusiasm and knowledge with the reader. Detailed information about recommended walks and facilities/points of interest along the way. Large scale maps which show on each page the appropriate section from the islands companion map. Fantastic delivery time!

Prompt service and delivery

Excellent service

Great guides

Really good informative and attractive guides

Friendly Guides & Maps

I have found these quides and maps excellent in the way they bring regular maps ( like OS ) to life by depicting the terrain and features of the landscape. In addition the clear and informative historical and geographical text that accompanies the maps and guides really helps to get a ‘feel’ for the land that you are walking upon. Pathways, car parking, suggested routes and detours are clearly referred to and the style of narrative is ‘ friendly’ and very helpful. I would thoroughly recommend these guides and maps to anyone who enjoys walking on these beautiful parts of Cornwall.

South Cornwall - Falmouth and Roseland Guidebook
Mr Stephen Williams (Amazon review)
Tourist information.

Good summary of the area