updated 4/6/2005 5:12:19 PM ET 2005-04-06T21:12:19

Scotland is a small, cold, wet country that has, intrinsically, little to attract or entertain the visitor.

Almost the whole of the interest of the country lies in its atmosphere, and that atmosphere is created by the history of the people who have lived there. Two things follow. First, your visit to Scotland will be much more enjoyable if you take the trouble to read some Scottish history. There are many good books that will show you that Scotland isn't at all like it is in the movies--it is much more interesting.

Secondly, you should understand that atmosphere of the sort we describe is inconsistent with the presence of your fellow tourists, so you should avoid their company wherever possible and seek that of the natives.

You will find the latter friendly to foreigners. Regard them as your hosts and you will find them generous, but don't treat them as servants--they won't like it and will prove surly, or worse.

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