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VisitScotland, Scotland’s national tourism organisation, is here to help you, offering advice on what’s new as we celebrate the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 and, in 2016, the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.
For more information and to access our handy toolkit including images, maps, itineraries, videos and brochures go to www.visitscotlandtraveltrade.com and make sure to sign up to our newsletter for the latest news and special offers from the Scottish tourism industry.
Don’t forget to register FREE for VisitScotland expo 2015 – your chance to meet over 230 Scottish tourism suppliers including hotels, attractions and activities to create the perfect trip for your clients’ needs. Register now at www.visitscotlandexpo.com
Scotland. A land of brilliant moments.
From loch cruises, dramatic castles, stately homes and gardens, cheese trails, whisky trails and first class shopping; to 5,000 year old standing stones, vibrant cities, rare wildlife and island adventures; Scotland offers both large and small groups a wealth of unique visitor experiences that will captivate them from the moment they arrive.
Join us in celebrating the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015, championing our unrivalled natural larder. Renowned for its outstanding quality, there’s no better time to visit and sample our fine fayre. Treat your clients to a Burns Supper to taste our most famous foods, or head to National Trust for Scotland properties across the length and breadth of the country to sample dishes made with ingredients from their very own gardens. And look out for the Taste Our Best award – recognising businesses serving quality Scottish produce prepared with care and delivered with passion.
Discover Scotland’s seven cities, which each boast their own character, from the medieval marvels and cobbled streets of Edinburgh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Glasgow’s world-class shopping and museums, to the greatly anticipated waterfront development, including the V&A, as well as the RRS Discovery in Dundee.
Head to the granite city of Aberdeen, a great base for the UK’s only castle trail and the world’s only whisky trail, or Inverness - a bustling community and the perfect place from which to explore all that the spectacular Highlands have to offer.
Perth is home to Scone Palace, the ancient crowning place of Scottish kings set in the heart of Big Tree Country. Nearby Stirling also boasts a huge number of historical attractions and has been the site of some of Scotland’s most momentous events. Visit the Battle of Bannockburn experience to stand shoulder to shoulder with medieval warriors, or hear the day’s gossip from a 16th century lady in waiting at Stirling Castle.
Wherever you choose to stay in Scotland you won’t have to go far to witness stunning natural landscapes. The Cairngorms National Park is the largest range of sub-arctic mountainous landscapes anywhere on the British Isles, and is home to rare wildlife including ospreys, red squirrels and Cairngorm Reindeer. Further south Scotland’s other national park, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, encompasses the largest inland expanse of freshwater in Britain. Both the picturesque Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine offer cruises for groups, making for a brilliant way to take in the spectacular backdrop of this natural landscape.
Scotland is also proud to boast many stunning gardens, parks and green-spaces including four Royal Botanic Gardens in Dumfries & Galloway, the Scottish Borders, Argyll, and Edinburgh.
Furthermore, Scotland’s reputation for architecture, design and innovation is reflected the length and breadth of the country. From the neo-Gothic cliff-top Culzean Castle and astrological interiors of Mount Stuart, to the stunningly modern Glasgow Riverside Museum and breathtaking Kelpies, the rich and varied examples of architecture found in every corner of the country tell a story of Scotland through the ages.
There’s no better time to visit Scotland, and the warm Scottish welcome that keeps visitors coming back for more will be out in force in 2015 and beyond across our many fantastic group-friendly hotels and attractions.