Rochester is 3,238 miles away from Glasgow. If that seems too far a distance to travel for a genuine taste of Scotland, try 108 miles east to the small town of Cazenovia instead. There one can find a wee establishment in Madison County that boasts delicious haggis, a fine selection of single malt scotch, a customary game room, library, fireplaces, guestrooms, and an exceedingly friendly staff. Who needs to cross the Atlantic when the Brea Loch Inn is less than a two hour drive?
Personally, I wanted to check this place out because I just got back my Ancestry.com DNA results. Like millions of people from all over the world, I spit into a tube, sealed it in a box, and mailed it back to a company in Utah for fast processing.
My brother- in- law tried to convince me that the whole enterprise is a vast Mormon conspiracy ( others have told me it is an operation of the Deep State in Washington), but I blithely ignored his warnings and performed the test anyways.
The results were interesting. I always knew that I had Scottish roots (my grandmother was a Cargill), but it was still fascinating to discover the percentage (14%), and to pinpoint the time period in which my relatives made their way from southeastern Germany and northwestern England, into Ireland, Wales, and Scotland, then over to America. I also learned, and you can take this as a plug for Ancrestry.com, the exact regions where my families originated from: Horton in Ribblesdale in England (Yorkshire Dales) and Northern Karlsruhe in Germany. Mormon conspiracy or not, that was really cool.