Scotland, a world of its own

memories of a trip to Skye

by Nelly De Clercq

First encounter :

While walking in a small village we had a chat with a local lady .
Inevitably, she asked where we were staying, so we told her.
“Aghr, those outlanders !”
The couple running the hotel just happened to be … Londoners!

Second encounter :

We were driving around and looking for the right direction at a T-junction.  We didn’t have a GPS-navigator at that time.
“Sorry sir, we are looking for the bridge to the mainland, can you help us please?“
“THIS is the mainland, the island is over there!“
Really …

And back to the mainland : 
In the hotel we used to sample a malt whisky after dinner. We often asked Donald, the headwaiter, a real Scottish character, which one to choose (although some tasted like petrol, my feeling … ).
But one night the manager, an Irishman, suggested trying a very special 33 years old Irish whiskey.
Donald gave him a dirty look and said : 
“ Now, who would keep THAT for 33 years ! “

Only good memories of a beautiful country ! And special people !
I would recommend anyone to visit and explore .

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3 responses to “Scotland, a world of its own”

  1. Johan Vanbrabant says:

    Skye, one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe, a paradise for walkers and photographers. They also have a peated whisky there, Talisker, a premium Single Malt for the aficionados from another world.

  2. Margaret says:

    I once spent a week on Skye auditing one of the best hotels – very good canteen in that workplace!

  3. Bo Dahlqvist says:

    When you talk about drinking whisky with the headwaiter I come to think of a surprising situation. We went for a tour in Scotland in late October. We had driven over the Highlands, stopping in Blair Athold to visit the destillery which makes a very good whisky and then continuing down towards the Loch Ericht where we had booked a room for one night. It was quite a big building but no other cars in the parking. We entered and got our room and the we went down for the dinner. We were the only ones in the dining-room. After the dinner the owner came over and offered us a glass of whisky and once we were sitting in the bar he told us that we were his very last guests because he was closing down the hotel the following day. I do not remember exactly the link but he told us that much of the land in Scotland is still owned by a few families and that was a part of his problem. We thanked him for the whisky and wished him good luck.

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