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Issue 3 - Letters to the Editor

Scotland Magazine Issue 3
July 2002

 

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Letters to the Editor

WORDS OF PRAISE
Your magazine is fantastic! I look forward to future copies.
Regards,
GARRET JANNEY,
WASHINGTON, USA

Got our first issue and really loved it. This already has helped us plan some of this summer’s trip to Scotland.
The recipes were intriguing. However, since the US is not yet into metrics, would it be possible to publish a conversion guide on the internet as well as some suggestions for places to shop (internet or otherwise) for some of the items noted (such as the smoked haddock)? Great start. Will look forward to future issues!
PATRICK GENEREUX,
BURLINGTON, IA, USA

Thank you to everyone who wrote in expressing their support for the magazine. Unfortunately, we could not include all the
letters and e-mails we received. However, several US readers referred to the metric measurements in the recipes and we have responded to that anomaly immediately. We warmly welcome your thoughts and recommendations.

FOCUS OMISSION
I thought the Regional Focus item and Fiona Armstrong piece on Dumfries & Galloway most interesting and informative.

While agreeing wholeheartedly with both pieces about the beautiful scenery and the endless lists of things to see, do and visit, there was one glaring omission: Bladnoch, the area’s only distillery, brought back from the dead by owner Raymond Armstrong. In little time it has become one of the main visitor attractions in the area.

As a whisky lover and a subscriber to your wonderful Whisky Magazine, I’m genuinely surprised that you missed it. And, as a Scotland-loving Sassenach, I am looking forward to future articles on different areas of Scotland as part of my ongoing education as I’ve still got a lot to learn about such a beautiful country. Keep up the good work,
PAUL WATKIN,
LEAMINGTON SPA, UK

Thanks for the kind words, Paul. We’re sure our readers appreciate how difficult it is to fit literally everything about a county or region into just a few short pages, and inevitably some attractions will be left out. This isn’t because of our personal taste however, it’s simply because we’re trying to get the best cross-section of what that area has to offer into the feature.

You’re right about Bladnoch though, it’s a great place to visit and comes highly recommended. Bladnoch also hosts the Whisky School, a residential weekend where you can experience the thrills and spills of running a distillery – and making whisky. Visit www.whiskyschool.com for more information.

ANGRY FROM CRIEFF
I am a subscriber to this excellent magazine, but am annoyed and amazed that you publish it in England – Norwich, colour in Norwich, printed in Maldon. Why? One gets the impression the Scots can’t handle it. Grow up and be a little nationalistic!
N HENNEY,
CRIEFFF, SCOTLAND

It’s a question we get asked a lot, and understandably so. The answer’s a tricky one, though! Scotland Magazine is aimed
squarely at a particular group of people: those that love Scotland. Our readers are spread all around the world, including the
US, Australia and Europe. And of course, they’re in England and Scotland. For the magazine to have a fresh approach and so many of the tourism-related features are accessible to our readers worldwide, it makes sense for us to be based outside the country itself, so we know from experience what it’s like travelling there, finding a hotel and discovering things for yourself – though most of our regular features are written by Scottish writers in Scotland! I hope you continue to enjoy
the magazine.