I am trying to get back on track. Since no one seems to be able to answer the question as to when someone not living in Scotland will be allowed to go to Scotland and stay over night it makes it very hard to plan.
In addition since it seems the public are not allowed to use public transport anymore (but still having to pay ever more public money in subsidy to keep it running) unless they are making an essential journey (so not a coastal walk) that means many of my walks are going to have to become circular walks or there and back walks, significantly increasing the distance I need to walk to complete. I tried to mitigate this by looking to buy a folding bike but they seem to be impossible to buy now.
Also with the road network the way it is to travel between parts of the coast (for example Kyle of Lochalsh and Mallaig are less than 30 miles apart, but take 2 hours to drive between). So I don’t now know when it will be a best to stay in Kyle of Lochalsh and Mallaig because I don’t know how far along the coast I will have got by different dates. As a result I decided to book a couple of weeks, on a refundable basis, at the Travelodge in Fort William (because it’s roughly half way between them). Then if we are allowed to travel then I will have somewhere to stay and if not I can get my money back.
Today I recieved this email:-
As a valued customer of Travelodge, we are contacting you today because you have a booking(s) with us or a voucher(s) or have credit to use for a future booking at our hotels.
As part of our Covid-19 recovery plan, we have today launched a legal process known as a company voluntary arrangement, or CVA. The aim of the CVA process is to allow us, subject to the agreement of our creditors, to manage our rent payments at certain hotels.
A Company Voluntary Arrangement essentially means they have run out of money and are applying to creditors so they only have to pay back a % of the money owed.
In addition with the Government still going ahead with the plan to “quarantine” anyone arriving from abroad that is only going to make the damage to the travel industry worse.
So that throws into doubt my ability to get a refund on a refundable booking (though I did at least pay by credit card so that is another route).
It seems I’m throwing money away trying to get my plans back on track. It is so utterly demoralising that no matter what I try, barriers are constantly being put up – mostly by the Government (or as a result of their actions). In addition my employee is now making further redundancies. I think I will now have to give up on getting to do any coastal walks in 2020 and quite possibly give up entirely.