'Train booze ban by Scotrail to encourage mask-wearing is a dramatic measure'

'Train booze ban by Scotrail to encourage mask-wearing is a dramatic measure'

Charlie Whelan, Jimmy Greaves

11/28/2021 11:46:00 PM

'Train booze ban by Scotrail to encourage mask-wearing is a dramatic measure'

Paul Routledge says passengers on Scotrail trains are not allowed to buy, drink or carry alcohol - but he believes there are few greater pleasures than sipping wine while admiring Scotland's landscapes

If it’s winter in the Highlands, it’s my annual safari to meet old pal Charlie Whelan, former press secretary to Gordon Brown.He lives near Aviemore, the ski resort, but we start in Glasgow Queen Street station, a very poor relation of Central.I couldn’t make it last year because of Covid, we travelled on the West Highland line to Oban, and thence by bus to Inverness.

But our usual on-board picnic was rudely curtailed by Scotrail, who now ban alcohol on trains. You can’t buy, or drink, or carry openly, booze anywhere on the system. This draconian measure, introduced as a “temporary” two years ago, is meant to encourage mask-wearing.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments belowThere are few greater pleasures than a glass of inferior sauvignon blanc while Scotland’s mighty scenery glides by the window.The ride from Glasgow is spectacular, along the north bank of the Clyde to Dumbarton, then striking inland to Gareloch, Loch Long and the superb vista of Loch Lomond with a summit above 1,000 feet into Crianlarich and downhill, by Loch Awe and Loch Etive. headtopics.com

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Oban is a lovely town, crouched round the harbour where the ferries go to Mull, Tiree and the outer islands. Above the houses sits McCaig’s Tower, a Roman-style folly built in 1885 to give work to thelocal stonemasons.At least the pubs were open for a walkabout and supper, before bed.

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