To The Future!

In this blog, during the COVID19 crisis and undoubtedly difficult times, we urge everyone to continue feeling positive and looking to the future. We will come out of this at the other end. And we will all meet and greet each other once again. Mankind has come through some hard periods, and we will come through this.

We must look to the future.

At the time of writing this blog, Scotland is in lockdown. Shops are closed, public transport is limited and public panic as been obvious in the sudden spurt of bulk buying.

But now, other than key and essential workers, we all stay home. We respect each other’s space and concerns. We are following the advice given by the government and our health service. Our country has united in the biggest and toughest battle of our lifetime. The fight we face is against an invisible opponent. One that grows and moves silently, but only with our help.

Evidence is showing and experts are advising our best strategy to beat COVID19 is that we must all stay indoors. We cannot socialise, we cannot go about our normal days, we cannot live as we have in the past.

Across the planet, works are cancelled, flights are cancelled, concerts are cancelled and shops are closed. More people than ever before are working from home and practising social distancing. Where we once would shake hands, we now nod and smile. Banisters and handrails where we once placed our hands, we now avoid touching. Where we would once squeeze past someone on the same pavement, we now cross the road or stand back and create distance. Guests we looked forward to seeing must now cancel or re-schedule their well-deserved holiday to one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

It is without doubt the most unusual and frightening time our planet has collectively faced.

But What’s Next?

Most of our guests remain positive and have re-scheduled their holidays here. Some for later this year, and some as far in advance as 2021. And we will continue to work hard to make this happen as much as we possibly can.

It is clear to us that there will be an end to the crisis we all face and that everyone understands this. The advice from the experts is that there will be an end to this.

You will be able to take the holiday you planned and enjoy the beauty of the Scottish Highlands. You’ll be able to greet friends old and new leaving social distancing in the past where it will belong. Shops will re-open, flights will re-schedule and we will be grateful to touch the handrails again.

With all that said, we wanted to send some positive vibes to everyone. While Nessie hasn’t been around for some time, we can still enjoy the local wildlife around our grounds.

So, hope you like our wee pics, one of a swan waving at us (or that’s what we like to think!) and one of the famous Highland Coo!

A swan on the world famous Loch Ness!
A swan on the world famous Loch Ness!
A mysterious Highland Coo!
A mysterious Highland Coo!

Keeping The Positivity

Escaping from the gargantuous global crisis, I thought it prudent to take your minds from it all and remind you of the good times you’ve had or the good times you have in front of you.

Many of you reading this now will have visited in the past. Maybe you can take a moment to look back on that time. No doubt, you had a memorable holiday and perhaps took some pictures. Maybe now is a good time to look back on that holiday and reminisce. Please do feel free to share your special memories onto our social media. Facebook link at the bottom of the page, and Insta @scotlandhighlandclub.

It would be lovely to see you share your memories.

There are many others yet to visit and perhaps have already delayed your visit. Don’t worry, we will still be here for a long time! Please visit our social media! Tell us your story, what did you plan, what have you planned, when are you coming, what are you looking forward to the most during your visit? We want to know and share your story!

Was it eating at the Boat House Restaurant  or The Lock Inn? Or was it using our fabulous facilities? Or maybe you went kayaking with local man Ian MacKinnon from Monster Activities?

Whatever it is, get sharing! Tell us, tell your friends and family, tell everyone! We can all enjoy your stories and spread the positive thoughts!

Getting Us Started

To get us started, here is my favourite pic of Highland Club Scotland! It’s not the world famous Loch Ness, it’s not the time Nessie took my deep fried Mars Bar and can of Irn Bru! It’s one of my many memories of Toothy The Abbey Cat, sadly no longer with us. But did he leave us some fond memories!

He would pretend to be shy when the camera was out, so it was never easy getting a picture of him. That made it all the more fun.

On the odd occassion you would be able to spot him on his adventures outside, you would often see him sitting near the cricket field enjoying the sun and the sound of the birds chirping nearby (the birds wouldn’t get too close to Toothy!)

Toothy the Abbey Cat
Toothy the Abbey Cat

Don’t Forget!

Remember to dig out your favourite memories or tell us what you look forward to the most when you get here. And always, look to the future.

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