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Kaye Adams: We've Scot the lot - so why do we always have to knock our lovely country?

Byline: Kaye Adams

YOU know what? Scotland is an absolutely stunning place. Gorgeous, breathtaking, beautiful.

Last week, took the train to Glasgow from Inverness and, despite the fact I was supposed to be working, I just couldn't stop myself sitting, staring out the window.

I admit this had a teeny-weeny bit to do with having a stonking hangover ... I'd made my first and probably last appearance on Question Time the night before and was so relieved to get it over with, I went swimming in a bottle of red wine.

But, even with a slightly woozy head, I could see that the scenery unfolding before me was world class. Who couldn't see that?

The brief visit to Inverness was a pleasure, too.

It's attractive, clean and quaint ... but not too quaint.

In fact, the hotel I stayed in was very chi-chi and would have sat happily among the trendy gaffs of Glasgow, Edinburgh or indeed London.

The only difference being that it was a third of the cost of its equivalent in London and the service was far superior. Even host David Dimbleby was impressed.

We seem to spend a lot of time knocking this country of ours, but once you open your mind to the possibility that it's actually pretty damn good, it's amazing what you can see.

It took a couple of Americans to make me take a fresh look.

Friends of friends, they are here for five weeks and as soon as I met them, I rolled into the standard apology about our lousy weather.

They quickly pointed out they weren't here for a suntan ... they got that at home. They were here as it is a beautiful, historic and friendly country.

Just what Jack McConnell learned when he spent pounds 300,000 on a survey of attitudes towards Scotland.

What was it that Burns bloke once said? 'Wad some power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as others see us.'
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 10, 2004
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