A cold welcome

What has happened to Highland hospitality? I am embarrassed when English friends tell me they met a very cool ­response in shops and pubs, and are even sneered at, when their accent revealed they were ­English. This seemed to come mostly from the younger generation, particularly in north-eastern areas.

I come from a family that ­includes members of several clans, with a long history of life in the Highlands and Islands and we have always taken a pride in the Highland welcome.

Are the English to be denied this?

Sheila Macdonald