Now we had a plan to have a small get together this weekend in Dunkeld, Perthshire and camp at the Invermill campsite there. Not long ago I would just have turned up on the day but now that "we" are organised Fi called yesterday to book spaces for our tents. "we don't do groups" "we don't allow bookings for one night" "Its the weekend we'll probably be full anyway" and that was without mentioning we would be turning up on motorcycles heaven forbid.
People who run businesses can of course decide who they want as customers and how to run their business but I certainly will not be darkening their door again (or camping pitches).
Now that's a not untypical story from Scotland and its tourist industry, I sometimes wonder why people come here at all, changeable weather and stroppy staff "what do you mean you want something to eat, its 2.30, the kitchen doesn't open again till 6pm!"
I have travelled extensively, camping and in hotels and have to say my worst experiences have been at home in Scotland, I always feel nervous about asking for a camping space if there are more than 4 of us on bikes in case I get the "we're not having the likes of you here"
Now of course there are many excellent campsites here who welcome all people, they are the real business people who realise that money in through the door is what its all about, repeat business and recommendations.
Maybe its time to write a guide on Tourist friendly hotels and camp sites in Scotland, how ridiculous would that be (but very handy!)
So far this year I and my friends have had a great experience in the following places and they are recommended;
The Applecross Inn (of course)
Resipol Campsite (Ardnamurchan)
The Cromarty Hotel
The Railway Carriages Rogart
The Killin Hotel
The Moorfield house Hotel (Braemar)
The Culag Hotel Lochinver
More will be added as we go along, perhaps I'll publish a list of "good places" at the end of the year and maybe a list of not so good places!