In the early spring of 1979 after a particularly tedious and acrimonious directors meeting in a company that I had first joined as a hotel manager in 1966, I drove home weighing up our situation in life.
This edition of our company newsletter has something of a railway theme running through it. There is an article describing how train travel affected Lochs and Glens Hotels in times past, and there are details of an exciting new excursion aboard the UK's highest railway.
When we first set up our family company with just a single property 35 years ago, it was customary for Scottish tourist hotels to close down for the off-season period, which was from around mid-October until mid-April.
Since retiring fifteen years ago, when my son Neil took over as Managing Director, I have valued any contribution that I am still able to make to the Company.
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.
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