my dads scottish so i can understand that haha.
You mean they were speaking English with a Scottish accent ??!!
Now, booking online, you must pay online, so there was also a fee for paying by card...
I seem to remember Ryanair being featured on the BBC's '"Watchdog" when Ryanair were having a 'free flights' promotion and it seemed that the only card they didn't charge for using was the Visa Electron card - a bank card hardly anyone has (unless you're really unfortunate).
The basic cost of getting a plane load of people from one place to another is going to be very similar, regardless of the airline. If an airline charges next to nothing for the flight, then they have to get the money back somehow.
There's no such thing as a free lunch, you get what you pay for etc.
I would never fliy Ryanair myself, mainly due to the fact that I can't stand the bloke in charge. The only budget airline I would consider fliying is "Fresh" ;-)