of poet and novelist Sir Walter Scott. Tours of Glasgow, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Inverness, Stirling, and Aberdeen. Attending the Pan Am

Garden of Remembrance in Lockerbie was very moving. Q Visit to the House for an Art Lover, Riverside Museum for Travel and Transportation, the Robert Burns Cottage and Gardens, Dryfes-

dale Lodge, Dumfries Museum, Kirkcaldy Galleries, and the Kelpies. Q Seeing Nessie past Urquhart Castle. Q Fabulous dinners at unique locations including the Grange Club

in Edinburgh, the Royal Gourock Yacht Club, North West Castle Hotel in Stranraer, a Scottish-style Tanksgiving dinner at the Hotel Coles-

sio, and a Burns Supper at Forfar Curling Club. Q Te curler’s Mecca, Ailsa Craig. Q Attending the European Championships to see the women’s final (Russia vs. Sweden) and the men’s final (Sweden vs. Norway). Q

Members of the USWCA Scot Tour and their new Scottish friends (top) battled for 21 games to determine the winner of the highly-coveted Mar- guerite Roberts Quaich Trophy, which made its way back to the U.S. A bagpiper (above) is greeted with a broom arch to lead in the U.S. curlers.

Haste ye back By The USWCA 2017 Scot Tour Team We are grateful to everyone who made this the best tour possible:

A piper greeted the curlers at each club, aſter which the Scots formed a

broom arch, through which the U.S. team proudly entered. Te host clubs treated the tour members to a meal or to tea with scones and pastries – and, of course, an occasional libation – before heading out on the ice. Te Scot Tour curlers brought their culinary spirit of adventure, tasting traditional Scottish fare including Forfar Bridies, neeps and tatties, clootie dumplings, cock-a-leekie soup, callen skink, and, of course, haggis. Not surprisingly, the most sought-aſter recipes were for the desserts, including bramble, sticky toffee pudding, and the ever-present tablet – a candy made from sug- ar, milk, butter, nuts, and whiskey – to which many confessed an addiction. Some of the most touching moments were the on-ice ceremonies, where

the team was piped onto the ice. Each curler proudly took a turn carrying the Stars and Stripes alongside the Scottish flag, the Saint Andrew’s Cross. Curling is organized somewhat differently in Scotland than in the United

States. Each venue, or rink, housed many curling clubs. Tese clubs would be similar to leagues at U.S. clubs. During games the USWCA curlers would thus play against ladies from several different clubs that all played at that same venue. Beyond the curling rinks the Tour experienced the culture and beauty

of Scotland: Q Private tours of Culzean and Glamis Castles and Abbotsford, the home

our bus drivers; our wonderful couriers Jan and Mary Anne; Te Royal Caledonian Curling Club; USWCA Scot Tour Committee; all of the Scottish host clubs; the many home hosts; staff and owners at the lovely hotels where we stayed throughout our tour; all of the dignitar- ies who welcomed us to their towns; our tour guides at the various sites; and the many Scots who we met along the way who made us feel at home. A special thank you to all curlers, family and friends who followed

our journey around Scotland through the USWCA website or social media. It was great to connect and share our experiences with you. One of the most powerful components of our visit was the sincerity

of the Scottish hosts who bid us “Haste ye back,” a genuine invitation to come back to Scotland. Good Curling, good food, and good friends – what more could a curler hope for on a trip of a lifetime? Our lives have been changed forever. A verse from one of our songs sums up our parting thoughts: Goodbye my dears, goodbye Goodbye my curling friends We raise a cup We bid farewell Until we meet again!

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