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Issue 19 - Letters to the Editor

Scotland Magazine Issue 19
March 2005

 

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Letters to the Editor

IN OUR LAST ISSUE WE DEFENDED SCOTS HOTEL STAFF AGAINST THE CHARGE OF BEING DOUR AND RUDE. WE GOT A RECORD MAILBOX. HERE'S PART OF IT

After reading your comments in the March 2005 issue I felt I had to comment. You are absolutely correct. Scottish hoteliers are the kindest people in the business. As Americans, we spent a wonderful two weeks in Scotland last summer on vacation.

On our next to last day, we left Kyle of Lochlash in the Highlands and drove to Dumfries (a 12 hour drive) where we hoped to find a B&B or hotel to stay for the night. We planned to attend a Jousting Festival at Caeverlock Castle the next day. We arrived at Dumfries to discover a car rally was being held there and all the hotels and B&Bs were booked. We were tired and needed a place to stay.

We looked in vain for three hours for a room. We arrived in Sanquhar at 11:00 in the evening after being on the road for 15 hours.

We were tired and grumpy and pulled into the Blackaddie Hotel very discouraged. We knew they wouldn’t have a room, but it was worth a try.

The hotel owner or manager took one look at my face and told me that they had a cottage but the washer was going with a load of towels. Would that offend us?

He then offered us the two-bedroom condo for the same price as a hotel room and threw in three full breakfasts. We feel in love.

The cottage was clean and in a lovely spot and the staff were kindness personified. Scotland is a beautiful country with such people as those at the Blackaddie who took pity on some tired Americans and provided us with a wonderful end to our vacation including close proximity to the castle where we saw a historic jousting festival.
MICHELE MOORE, MOORESVILLE, INDIANA
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I agree with you 100 per cent! I’ve travelled extensively in Scotland on maybe 12 trips over 21 years.

I have NEVER met a rude Scot. Dour? Maybe one or two, but you avoid those people the same as you do at home. I have had Scots go out of their way to help me (car broken down, rented me one for the remainder of my journey from his sales inventory), offers to let me go first in a laundromat (“You’re on holiday and I have all day to do mine”), and the universal smile and patient wave as I realize my mistake at being on the right side of the road after a stop.
ROSALIE KEITH VIA EMAIL
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In my experience of meeting Scots in Scotland, I have found them pleasant, friendly, helpful , and several other adjectives that escape me for the moment. So much so, that I’ve been married to one for “lo these many years.”

I served with the US Navy and was stationed at RAF Edzell (Angus) in the early 70s. We lived in a row of RAF housing in Invervbervie.

Best time of my life. In the summer of ’03 we brought a couple of friends with us to Scotland. We stayed at the Golf Hotel in Carnoustie, Kinfauns Castle near Perth, and a place I can’t recall in Inverness. Never did we have anything like the bad service that is commonly accepted here in America.

Having travelled in South America and many trips to the UK, I always tell folks that we in America no longer understand the meaning of the word ‘service.’ Several years ago, my sisterin-law now living in Pitlessie, Fife was thinking of buying a small guest hotel in St. Andrews. I told her that if she did, I was going into the tour business and would keep her booked just with the people I know who would love to come to Scotland. So, put me on the side of the Scots being more than friendly.
DON UKENS HOOKER, OK 73945
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I read your editorial with humour and interest. While some might argue that Scots are not the most overtly friendly people in the world, it doesn’t take long to get below the tweed exterior. In my travels, I have made many Scottish friends and find them to be some of the most delightful folks I know.Friends in Fife (my normal destination) go out of their way to make my stay as wonderful as possible. Sometimes, I can’t believe how willing they are to make arrangements before my arrival and during my stays. Their effort and results usually go well above anything I can expect. The Scottish service and company I receive in pubs, restaurants, shops and hotels has always been brilliant. I leave each year with only thoughts of returning.
ROGER BEERY. BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO 80424