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Lochs and Glens - March 2011
By Jeanette Lemmon


I never know what my husband is going to bring home when I let him out on his own. Iíve been told he has been full of impulsiveness and mischief since he was a child, rushing up behind his mother to untie her apron strings. His name is Jim, but his mother, who was a Scottish McLeod, always called him Hamish when he was in trouble. He is often in trouble and hears Hamish from me. Iím sure he has undiagnosed attention deficit hyper activity disorder. He canít sit still. We rarely have a day when we are inside the house all day.

In the space of two months, we have been for a holiday in Madeira, a trip to London to the opera, a trip to London to see the musical ďThe Umbrellas of CherbourgĒ at the theatre, and now a Lochs and Glens trip with a 7-week trip to the US to follow in just six days from our return. He only went to Maximís to watch football on the big screen! He came home with a newspaper ad for a Lochs and Glens Ceilidh Break, six days with a pick-up in the town where we live, hotel, breakfast and dinner, and daily excursions, all for £207. It was booked before we went to bed that night!

Lochs and Glens own six hotels in Scotland and are building a seventh. The company is family-owned and everything from beginning to end is done to a high standard. Various tours run all year round, leaving from different parts of the UK. You can find information on them by going to www.lochs.com. There is no supplement for single travellers so it is a great opportunity for people on their own to have a reasonably priced holiday. If you are coming to the UK from other parts of the world, it is worth your while to book a tour and get yourself to one of the pick-up points for a wonderful taste of Scotland.

Your driver is also your guide and feeds you Scottish history and interesting trivia during the tour. Our driver/guide was Kevin Watts, who did a superb commentary and was very friendly and helpful. If you go on his tour, he likes American hard gums (gumdrops for those in North America), so bring them along or buy them at the various sweet shops along the route. They keep him happy and he shuts up for times while eating them!  Only joking! He knows his job and does it extremely well. Amazingly, on our tour there were three other tour guides having a busmanís holiday Ė my husband who has done guiding for Globus/Cosmos tours for 30 years, a man who did driver/guiding for Glenton then Wallace Arnold, later Shearings, for 30 years, and a former guide for Titan Tours. All of them were impressed with the tour. Try one Ė youíll love it!


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