A number of you replied to my questions in preparation for my wife and daughters' trip to Scotland. They were in Scotland from 4 June to 13 June and are now back home. They were in the Brechin area, staying in a cottage for the first week, then a night in a B&B on the west coast and a night in Paisley at a B&B to be clsoe to the airport for an early morning departure on 13 June.
Without exception, my wife reported that the people they met were wonderfully friendly, gracious and helpful beyond any expectation. They mostly were in areas not heavily visited by tourists, so perhaps had a better impression of the natural Scot, unffected by heavy tourist traffic.
In any case, the trip was wonderful for all three of them. The weather was even reasonably good for this time of year. They were rained on some, but then, without a little rain, it couls hardly be the real Scotland.
There were only a few negatives. My daughter-in-law bought some flower seeds for her father, who is retired and a flower gardener on the Oregon coast, but was not allowed to bring them out of Scotland. The other negative was that I am now trying to unravel some confusion with the rental car charges between what I was quoted and what I was charged. They seem to have quoted in dollars and charged the same number in pounds...current exchange rate is a bit over 1.8, so represents a significantly higher cost to me. Otherwise, there was little to be dissatisfied with.
For those who know what geocaching is, they took our GPS and printed pages for a number of caches, but they had time to only search for one. At that one, they found a travel bug that originated in Arizona, USA, and has since traveled to Germany, The Netherlands, and extensively throughout the UK. They brought it back and this weekend will place it in a cache on the central Oregon coast - a scenic spot as requested by the bug's originator. For those who don't know what geocaching is, do a Google search on "geocaching" - careful...you might get hooked into a new hobby.
Thanks to those of you who responded to my questions.