October 6 (TravelAndy): Some of Scotland’s most iconic, rural tourist sites will receive funding for new facilities to further enhance the visitor experience, VisitScotland, the country’s national tourism organisation, said.
Around £3 million from the first round of the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) will be shared among 18 projects across Scotland to help meet the demand of growing visitor numbers.
These include the following: Continue reading Funds for rural tourism infrastructure in Scotland
October 4 (TravelAndy): Emirates operated its inaugural flight service between Dubai and Edinburgh on October 1.
The Emirates Boeing 777-300ER touched down in the Scottish capital just before 3pm local time, making Edinburgh the airline’s second destination in Scotland and the eighth in the United Kingdom.
Emirates flight EK023, with a group of VIP guests and media on board, was welcomed by Edinburgh Airport with a water cannon salute.
To celebrate the new service, Emirates and Edinburgh Airport held a launch event hosted by Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West, and Richard Jewsbury, Divisional Vice President, UK, alongside Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport. Continue reading Emirates starts Dubai-Edinburgh flight
September 22 (TravelAndy): A Small town in Dumfries & Galloway has declared itself the Chilli Capital of Scotland after the popularity of a local club gathered heat!
More than 1,000 chilli plants – and over 50 different international varieties – are currently being grown by the people of Langholm. More than 20 local businesses in the town have their chilli plants on display and a third of all households – around 350 – are growing their own.
By declaring the town the Chilli Capital of Scotland, the Langholm Chilli Club is hoping to attract visitors with the development of a new Chilli Trail and the first ever Chilli Fest at the end of September. Continue reading Town declares itself Scotland’s Chilli Capital
September 14 (TravelAndy): Transylvania might have Count Dracula and Salem might have its witches; but Scotland is arguably the home of Halloween – or Samhain as it was originally known. It will also play host to many thrills, chills and scary events this 31 October.
Halloween originates from the ancient Celts’ celebrations and is based on their ‘Feast of Samhain’. The eve became known as All Saints’ Eve, All Hallows’ Eve, or Hallowe’en. All Saints’ Day, 1 November, is said to be the day when souls walked the Earth.
From ghost tours and history walks, to magic schools, light shows and zombie jogs (yes, really), as well as a month-long celebration of Halloween at the Edinburgh Dungeon, there is something for everyone this October in Scotland… Even those who don’t want to be scared (but might like to be told an interesting story instead). Continue reading Spooky spots in Scotland
August 23 (TravelAndy): Food & Drink Fortnight (1-16 September 2018) offers the ideal opportunity for a Scottish foodie adventure, with a variety of events taking place the length and breadth of the country for all, celebrating local produce and offering unique food and drink experiences.
Scotland is home to many food and drink favourites: from the west coast Seafood Trail and the famous Malt Whisky Trail; a variety of seasonal choices from Shetland lamb and fresh Perthshire strawberries; Scotland’s national dish, haggis; and a few unexpected surprises along the way, including over 50 gin distilleries, and seaweed, freshly caught on Scotland’s beaches.
Added to this, the new Hebridean Whisky Trail – launched in August 2018 – and the fact the Bay Fish and Chips in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire has been listed as the top UK food and drink experience by Lonely Planet*, there are plenty of foodie discoveries around every corner. Continue reading Scotland woos foodies with food & drink fortnight
August 11 (TravelAndy): From Peter Rabbit to Peter Pan, Harry Potter to The Howlat, Scotland has inspired some of the world’s best-loved literary creations.
Whether it’s history, landscapes, wildlife or even architecture,for decades authors have used some of the country’s greatest assets to create characters that continue to delight readers of all ages.
In recognition of this, VisitScotland has launched, Scotland’s Storybook Trail, a collection of places with links to some of the most celebrated characters in children’s literature.
The trail, which comprises a colourful map hosted on visitscotland.com and will be available at selected VisitScotland iCentres , as well as bookshops and libraries across Scotland, will help bookworms embark on their own adventures across the country, learning more about their favourite stories and discovering new tales inspired by or written in Scotland. Continue reading Go on a storybook trail in Scotland
August 4 (TravelAndy): Over the summer months, Scottish Clans are putting the root of their very own definition front and centre by inviting young members, local young people and families to participate, engage and learn about Scottish history and heritage, as well as local traditions and culture.
The Clans, the name being derived from the Gaelic word ‘clann’ and meaning children,are joining the celebrations for Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 with an exciting programme of activities at their international and national gatherings across the country.
Clan Hay will be hosting Tartan Ties 2018 from 3 to 5 August. On 3 August, they are inviting visitors to a highly anticipated Medieval Banquet in Ballater – a fantastic chance to savour the sounds, sights and music of medieval Scotland, including a delicious hog roast and top class music from Paul Anderson and Shona Donaldson. Young people are designing and crafting medieval items which will be on display at the banquet and will also participate in a challenging haggis hunt in Crathes Castle during the afternoon. Continue reading Scottish Clans inspire youth to celebrate local traditions
July 25 (TravelAndy): Visits and spending by overseas tourists in Scotland rose to its highest level on record in 2017.
The ONS Travel Trends 2017 statistics showed the number of overseas tourists visiting Scotland rose by 16.9% to 3.2 million, while expenditure increased by 23% to £2.3 billion.
The record figures were driven by European visitors who made 1.9 million visits to Scotland, a 17% increase from 2016, with spending rising by 36% to £1.1 billion. Across the UK as a whole the number of European visitors increased by 1% and spending fell by 1%. Continue reading Record visitors to Scotland in 2017
July 18 (TravelAndy): Breathtaking scenery and landscapes are the prime reasons for people to visit Scotland for the first time, VisitScotland has cited research as saying.
Twitter users, as part of a recent campaign to suggest places for former US First Lady Michelle Obama to visit in Scotland, have suggested several places and activities that could be perfect in the itinerary of a first-time visitor to Scotland.
Here’s a list of to-dos that could you help you plan your first Scottish getaway. Continue reading Recommendations for your first Scotland trip
July 14 (TravelAndy): A new audio tour is set to bring art and architecture to life in the Loch Earn region.
The unique BLiSS trail links the villages of Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans through a series of art and architecture installations.
Developed by the Loch Earn Tourism Information (LETi) Group, the trail received the Innovation in Tourism award at the 2018 Scottish Thistle Awards National Final in March. LETi has worked in collaboration to develop the new audio trail with Geotourist, which sponsored the category. Continue reading Audio tour boost to tourism in Loch Earn, Scotland
July 8 (TravelAndy): The eagerly anticipated opening of V&A Dundee was among the experiences highlighted to travel trade and airline contacts during a visit to Japan by Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop.
The renowned attraction, which will open on Dundee’s waterfront in September, marks a unique opportunity to position Scotland as a place to live and work, study, invest and visit to Japanese visitors, the Cabinet Secretary has said.
The stunning structure, designed by acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma – who also designed the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo – is expected to attract 350,000 visitors each year. It is the first V&A museum to be created outside of London and has become a valuable addition of Scotland’s cultural offering. Continue reading V&A Dundee opening strengthens Japan & Scotland links
June 27 (TravelAndy): With plans being made to make the most of the summer months ahead, it’s the perfect opportunity to dust off the camping gear and set off on an adventure in Scotland.
What better way is there to unwind than escaping to this wonderful country for a night or two under the stars surrounded by breath-taking landscapes, beautiful beaches and wild woodlands?
Not sure where to set up camp? In terms of variety, Scotland has it covered from setting up camp on the coast to bedding down for the night in the depths of the forest, campsites from the Scottish Borders to Orkney have their own unique character making any camping trip to Scotland one to remember, meaning everyone’s a happy camper! Continue reading Scotland promotes camping opportunities