In the spring, when we set a competition to find the best description of a Lochs and Glens day excursion, we could not possibly have imagined the scale of response from our readers.
One attraction that has been regularly featured in our itineraries throughout the past 30 years is Inveraray, the black and white Argyll town featured in this edition's cover photo.
In my 50 odd years in the hotel business I must have met many thousands of guests and in all that time one of the most frequently asked questions has been ‘When is the best time to visit Scotland?’ The truth is that weather patterns vary so much from year to year one can never be sure, but as a g
Our cover picture for this edition is of Mallaig, the most westerly harbour on the British mainland. It is also an important fishing port and as well, the terminus of the West Highland Railway line.
Well, finally it’s open, a close run thing if ever there was, but it is open.
As I write this in early February it seems that we have been spared the disruption that we suffered in the past two years from snow and ice. I say this with fingers crossed as there is still the possibility of sub-zero temperatures before the winter is out but, so far so good.
Before moving to Scotland in 1968 I knew little of Glasgow. Preconceptions had been influenced by reading the book 'No Mean City' that starkly described life in the overcrowded run-down slums of the Gorbals during its period of industrial decline.
In this issue our featured photograph is of Oban, one of the most popular destination for Lochs and Glens guests since the very earliest days of our Company.
This is the 33rd time I have sat at the keyboard to compile an edition of Lochs and Glens News. So much has changed in technology since Issue No. 1 was sent out in 1994 to just 25,000 of our past guests. In those days the process of preparation was quite labour intensive.
As elsewhere in Britain, we were somewhat taken by surprise at the intensity and length of the cold snap at the turn of the year. Fortunately Scotland is well used to harsh winter weather and, on the whole, our tours were not too badly affected.
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