Most of the world knows little, if anything, about the Outer Hebrides Islands, but that may soon be changing. In the Year of Natural Scotland 2013, the newly created Outer Hebrides Tourism Industry Association is getting ready to welcome the world, or at least a lot more visitors.
OHTIA welcomed delegates first: as part of the Nature . . . → Read More: New Outer Hebrides Tourism Industry aims to raise the profile of the islands
The countryside of Scotland is no less beautiful and breathtaking than it’s ever been, and its culture and customs no less Scottish, but the sad fact is that less people are visiting from outside its borders, which means a considerable loss of income for its government and its citizens. According to last week’s report from the . . . → Read More: Less foreign visitors making the trip to Scotland
The world famous Loch Lomond is far from just the, albeit impressive, expanse of water than many imagine it to be. The eastern shores are dominated by an impressive 974m peak which is part of the Munro Mountains; Ben Lomond. A poll in 2005 placed Loch Lomond at number six in a list of UK natural . . . → Read More: Around Loch Lomond
Oban, in the Argyll and Bute region of Scotland is a very famous town in its own right and it holds an undoubted, if somewhat eccentric, charm. It’s many curiosities include the unfinished shell of some salt water spas that never came about, a white and blue railway station which has architecture that can only be . . . → Read More: The old meets the new at Oban
There are few things cuter in this world than a Shetland pony, apart from a Shetland pony that is wearing a cardie. No this isn’t a late April Fool, a collection of photos have been revealed by Visit Scotland, the country’s national tourism agency to celebrate the Year of Natural Scotland launch.
Explaining the inspiration behind these . . . → Read More: Shetland ponies in cardies
Scottish council bosses in Scotland have devised a new and innovative series of ways to attract more people into their public libraries, and one of these is to offer free pole dancing lessons. Midlothian council, faced with both a decline in book borrowing and government cuts, will be running the class at Dalkeith’s Mayfield library to . . . → Read More: Innovative ways of attracting people into libraries
Not everyone is in favour of foreign tourists messing about in the landscape and crowding into one’s favourite pub, but almost everyone can agree that Britain’s economy is sorely in need of a boost, and tourism has the capability to provide it. If, that is, a sufficient number of tourists spending their holiday funds can be . . . → Read More: Despite local reservations tourism is vital to the UK economy
A recently announced link-up between VisitScotland and National Geographic to promote the beautiful spots in Scotland should provide a much needed boost to Scotland’s tourism. The deal is part of the organisation’s 2013 Natural Scotland celebrations and takes advantage of the magazine’s wide readership in Europe, North America and other regions of the world.
The campaign, a . . . → Read More: Scottish tourism receives boost from new collaboration
A Scottish initiative has just been launched that aims to attract more people into jobs in the country’s tourist industry. The Skills Investment Plan want to highlight how attractive it can be to work in this sector so it appeals to new entrants, as ensuring top notch training and also to improve management skills. The scheme . . . → Read More: More people needed to work in Scottish tourism
A £47m refurbishment which took place at Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland as 1.9m visitors during 2012, giving it a place in the top 10 of UK tourist attractions for the first time. The popular museum, which reopened in 2011 following its massive makeover, was ranked as the 9th most visited tourist attraction in the UK . . . → Read More: Scottish museum makes the list of top 10 British attractions