The stigma attached to Travellers is "lessening" despite claims the younger generation has "no respect", MSPs have been told.
The comment from a community council was made as part of a Holyrood inquiry into where Gypsy-Travellers choose to live and the problems they face.
In a written submission to MSPs on the Equal Opportunities Committee, Lochgilphead Community Council said respect should be a "two-way street", highlighting what it described as a difference in attitude between young and older generations.
"There is still a stigma attached to 'Gypsy/Travellers', although this is lessening and local communities should wish to live in harmony with all 'incomers' regardless of cultural background," the letter states.
"The older generation of 'Gypsy/Travellers' have a respectful attitude whereas the younger generation seem to have a 'chip' on their shoulder and use the 'Gypsy/Traveller' card to get what they wish and have no respect for themselves or others around them.
"Respect is a two-way street and if all people treat each other with respect, then respect will be returned.
"Local authorities are also required to show the same respect to all residents regardless of race or creed.
"Opinions and assumptions regarding 'Gypsy/ Traveller' must change to allow for a better Scotland and its people."
MSPs will hear first-hand from the community council's vice convener and representatives of other community councils from across Scotland in a second session at parliament later.