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The Scottish £10 Note

We are now hooked on going to Scotland every Easter. We split our time between Janet’s cousin’s farm on the east coast near Buckie and at Mellon Udrigle on the west coast just up from Gairloch. I have such a great time there and really switch off. It is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I have ever been. After our holiday in 2013 we returned home with a Scottish £10 note. People are sometimes wary of accepting them in England.

April  B 2010 098MU Dawn 2014

Anyhow – when I came back from our holiday into the maelstrom of work which I wasn’t enjoying I kept consciously not spending that £10 note. I would go to a cash point or use a card instead of parting with it. Every time I went to pay for something it was the first note I saw. I found it comforting it was a reminder of the great time I had in Scotland and that I knew there was more to life. It might sound stupid but it gave me hope.

When I quit my job and started planning my next steps. I was looking forward to so many other things I didn’t need to hold onto the note any longer. I went to look at the camper van we were hiring to go to the Latitude festival and Dave needed a deposit. I told him my story of why the note had spent over three months in my wallet and gladly handed it over.

I still have a Scottish £1 note that has been in my wallet since 1995 but that is another story.

***2015 UPDATE***

Wonderful time again we saw otters just outside Udrigle House!

Otter watching 2015

Otter watching 2015

When we went to leave our car wouldn’t start – jump leads worked. I suspect like us it just didn’t want to leave. So have left my new £10 in the car so that it will know we’ll be going back next year!

  • Mark Evans

    Excellent annecdote Tim, love it.
    PS How was the Lattitude Festival?

  • Tim Collins

    Really enjoyed it my highlights were The Villagers and Laura Mvula thought they were great – great festival so much to see and enjoy.

  • Kerry Murphy

    Enjoyed reading this Tim, liking the symbolism and why are people wary of accepting Scottish notes in England? Is it passed down from generation to generation? Because I too am wary of them and can only put it down to a time when I was young and my dad had one and was giving it some because he’d not spotted it in his change!!

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