Sorry Eelbrook, I can't agree with you there.
This book is not meant be a whisky almanac. There are plenty of those whisky reference manuals on the market already, by Jackson, Murray, etc. If you want to learn about whisky, buy some of them. Banks doesnt hold himself up as a connisseur, nor his book as the definitive guide to whisky or distilleries. I have seen a book on the market specifically about visiting distilleries, all of them, and its a proper bore to read continuously. If you had read them before buying, you would have found the sleeve notes describe the contents as a journey round Scotland and that's exactly what Banks gives you. There's plenty about his travelling companions, the scenery, his modes of transport and his lodgings but that is what a travel guide generally contains. Agreed, it does help if you know the geography of Scotland, even better still if know the "obscure Scottish roads" he talks about. You are obviously not familiar and that suits me fine. Banks' fiction is the same, based in Scotland, so works better if you know the area.
Its just an amusing anecdotal, slightly indulgent, meander around Scotland, with a strong whisky flavour to it.
Incidentally, following your tip, I got it half price in Waterstones. Ta very much.