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Thousands of spectators show their Scottish pride at the 2018 Tartan Day Parade

We take a moment here to look back at the 20th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade which took place on April 7th, the highlight to a week of events… so much to report on, so many to thank – and we have to mention how we were under the threat of snow – and it didnt happen – brisk but clear.

Related imageASF presented several events during the week in addition to a series of lunchtime concerts at Bryant Park.  A thank you to all those who helped with the programming which included

– Tea with a Highlander, a talk with celebrated author The Hon. Sarah Fraser of Lovat introducing us to ‘The Prince who would Be King’, co-hosted by Clans & Castles , Walkers Shortbread, Harper Collins and Harneys Teas

– an opportunity to learn more around the discovering of your Scottish roots with Dr Bruce Durie

– ‘A Taste of Scotland’ with a menu prepared by Scotland’s National Chef Gary MacLean,  co-hosted with City of Glasgow College

–  ASF Members & Friends Post Parade Reception at which we were joined by many guests from Scotland including the Archie Foundation, Clans & Castles, The Convenyor of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs Donald MacLeod of MacLeod, members of VisitScotland, the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Office.

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing, crowd and outdoorThank you to all who joined the The American-Scottish Foundation® contingenet and marched with us in the 20th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade – AND to all those who cheered us on.

Image may contain: 1 person, standing, walking and outdoorKT Tunstall was a fabulous Grand Marshal – the first woman to lead the Parade.  AND Congratulations to all the volunteers and our fellow NYC Tartan Week committee members – EVERYONE did a great

We have discovered a few highlights of  Parade Day captured in a video  on You Tube.  – from the Pipes and Drums on the Fountain Terrace presented by The American-Scottish Foundation® at Bryant Park and onward to the Parade.

A thank you to The Accrington Pipe BandThe Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic WatchShamrock and Thistle Pipes and DrumsThe Highland DivasShot of Scotch – NYC’s Premier Scottish Highland Dancers and Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Bandl for being part of the pre Parade Bryant Park concert, https://youtu.be/W-cPpsj2wBQ

Prior to the Parade the young band of pipers from Sgoli Lionacleit had an opportunity to meet Keith Brown MSP for Clackmannanshire & Dunblane who could not resist the opportunity to try out a snare drum which he is pictured “carrying” below.

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The Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band  performed twice at Bryant Park – and for their second performance they were joined by 18 year old Lisa Kowalski  who is winning recognition throughout the UK – this was her first visit to New York and the Parade.  The involvement of the young performers is something ASF fully embraces within our ongoing bursary program – and reflects Scotland’s message of  the Year of Young People.

Also taking part in the lunchtime concerts were Craig Weir and the multi talented Hannah Read – who left the following day for a month long tour in support of her latest album. Both Craig and Hannah have helped us in the development of the lunchtime concerts, a Thank you to everyone who took part.

Great performances from all

The Daily News carried a great report on the day which we link to below… “Scots of all ages proudly celebrated their homeland during the 2018 Tartan Day Parade in Manhattan on April 7, 2018.

Image result for daily news tartan day paradeThe annual march, now in its 20th year, was led by Scottish singer   KT Tunstall and included pipers playing traditional Scottish songs, dancers, flag twirlers, aplenty of dogs for the cheering crowd of spectators.” New York Daily News:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/2018-tartan-day-parade-gallery-1.3920754

VisitScotland launch a new updated Outlander Location Map

Did you love the Outlander Location Map VisitScotland did last year?  The American-Scottish Foundation® loved it – GREAT NEWS – there is a new updated Location Map.

OUTLANDER FILM LOCATIONSSo are you a fan of the books and TV series and wish that you too could be transported in time – to Claire and Jamie’s Scotland?

Now experience the land that inspired the dramatic saga!

Here are our two recommendations!
– Head to the VisitScotland.com website to learn more about Outander’s Scotland! The website features a guide to the history, culture, and backdrop behind the fictional series!gLENCOE

– VisitScotland offer up a guide to exploring Scotland the Outlander way!

– In addition to the new location map- ready for you to download – which features the Outlander film locations from both Seasons 1 and 2! Use this map to embark on your very own Outlander tour!

sTANDING STONES

This Outlander tour features locations such as Glencoe, HighlandGeorge Squarer, Blackness CastleGlasgow Cathedral Drummond Castlel, Falkland, FifeCulross Fife,, and more.

You can learn more about your ancestry (perhaps you’re a Fraser), attempt to time-travel at historic standing stones, tour dramatic castles,

and wander through the breathtaking Scottish landscapes!

Download the map today, and start planning your tour of Outlander’s Scotland:

Glen Coe is one of the highlights of any visit to Scotland – a MUST SEE.

Scotland has many beautiful hills and mountains, but the magical region of Glen Coe is one of the highlights of any visit to Scotland – a MUST SEE.

With hotels from the 5 star Glencoe House, a Victorian mansion with spectacular views and service to taking a self catering cottage (Discover Glencoe, Scotland is a great resource) or camping, the area is breathtaking.

Glencoe valleyThe region includes three famous peaks known as “The Three Sisters” and is a paradise for walkers and climbers in all seasons, and skiers and snowboarders in the winter.

Visitors can also hire mountain bikes and hurtle downhill on the many purpose-built bike tracks. There is so much to do from sailing, white water or sea kayaking, fishing, canyoning, golf, archery, climbing or simply walking the miles of mountain and forestry tracks.

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There is so much to do from sailing, white water or sea kayaking, fishing, canyoning, golf, archery, climbing or simply walking the miles of mountain and forestry tracks.

Find out more about Glen Coe here on the VisitScotland website:

 

Delta has just launched ALL YEAR ROUND SERVICE from New York JFK to Edinburgh.

Delta has just launched ALL YEAR ROUND SERVICE from New York JFK to Edinburgh.

images_deltaheroimageFirst announced last Fall, anticipation has been growing for the new direct Delta flight – and the great connections it offers from around the States.

All flights from New York to Edinburgh will have Wi-Fi, we will be able to stay connected at 30,000 feet, with free on-demand in-flight entertainment in all cabins. Movies and TV shows can also be downloaded to tablet and laptop devices.

Tickets for Delta’s New York Edinburgh service are available directly through Delta Air Lines. Flights are operated in conjunction with joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic

AND to learn more of where to go and what to do visit VisitScotland for help on planning your next trip.

Meet George, Scotland’s Official ‘Ambassadog’

Adventure-loving George, a one-year-old golden retriever from Glasgow, has been officially crowned ‘Ambassadog’ for Scotland.

George, who resides in the West End of Glasgow, has been named VisitScotland‘s official Ambassadog, after standing out in the pool of over 200 applicants.

George is owned by 22-year-old twin sisters Emma and Victoria Rae, who entered their dog in the competition in March. The sisters knew that George could represent Scotland with his adventurous nature and spirit.

George was among seven other finalists who were judged at an interview event at Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh. Now that George has the official title of Ambassadog, he and his owners will promote Scotland through social media, attend high-profile events, and enjoy the status of VID: Very Important Dog.

Image via dogsmonthly.co.uk

Image via dogsmonthly.co.uk

Owner Victoria explains how proud and excited she is for George, “My ambition for him in his new role as ambassadog is that he takes us on a lot more journeys – we plan to go to Harris and Lewis at the end of this month – and we can inspire others to plan their next exploration around the country”.

Later this year, the winning pup and his owners will be rewarded with a dog-friendly holiday in Scotland, courtesy of VisitScotland. To find itineraries for your own pet-friendly vacation in Scotland, visit the VisitScotland website here.

Find out more about the VisitScotland ‘Ambassadog’ competition here.

Calling All Golfers .. Win a Weeklong Golfing Trip for Two to Scotland departing May 28th…

A Week in Scotland playing some of the outstanding golf courses of Scotland.

This great trip could be yours if you enter today.  The competition is only open to US Residents – and it ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on 5/15/16 – Don’t delay – enter NOW!

May 28th – Winner and Guest Fly round trip to Glasgow arriving May 29th.

Stay at Gailes Hotel​, Ayrshire

Gailles Hotel, Ayr

Gailes Hotel, Ayr

The winner and guest will receive a full bag of TaylorMade Golf​ equipment and Adidas Golf​ clothing and footwear so they look the part striding along the fairways of the world’s most historic golf courses.

May 29th you could be arriving in Glasgow –
Stay at Gailes Hotel, Ayrshire

Monday May 30
18 holes Western gailes golf club

Western Gailes Golf Club

Western Gailes Golf Club

Tuesday May 31
18 holes Royal Troon Golf Club – (inc. 9 holes with Darren Clarke)
(Royal Troon is where later this year the 145th Open Championships will take place)

Royal Troon Golf Club

Royal Troon Golf Club

Wednesday June 1
18 holes Prestwick Golf Club
Whisky Tasting at The Jar, Troon

Prestwick Golf Club

Prestwick Golf Club

Thursday June 2
18 holes Dundonald Links, Ayrshire, Scotland

Dundonald Links

Dundonald Link

Friday June 3
Fly home

To enter to WIN follow this link http://madeforscotland.taylormadegolf.com/

Trip arranged by VisitScotlandTaylorMade Golf, and GolfWRX.com

Meet the Canine Competitors for VisitScotland’s Ambassadog

VisitScotland recently launched a search for Scotland’s own ‘Ambassadog,’ an international canine ambassador to promote Scotland as a destination that is as pet-friendly as it is beautiful. The tourist board, which is a partner organization of The American-Scottish Foundation, was looking for a well-behaved dog with an adventurous side and tons of #ScotSpirit.

VisitScotland received over 200 applications from all over Scotland, and the entries ranged from small city dogs to huge Highland hounds. Working with recruitment agency Denholm Associates, VisitScotland has narrowed the competition down to nine furry finalists. Meet them here:

1. Casper 

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 23.05.32Casper is a three year-old West Highland Terrier from Edinburgh. His owner, Samantha Grant, says that the Westie has travelled all across Scotland since his puppyhood, visiting destinations like the Isle of Mull, Onich, Portpatrick, and the West Highland Way.

Take a look at Casper’s own blog, ‘Scotland with the Wee White Dug.’

2. Sydney

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 23.04.53Sydney is a four year-old Pug from Edinburgh who enjoys walking up Arthur’s Seat, Blackford Hill and the Pentland Hills with her owner, Kristyn Lavery.

Kristyn calls the two of them “Scotland’s adventure couple,” as they love hopping in the car and speeding off to adventure.

3. Cassie

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 23.07.22Cassie, a three and a half year-old dog, is a Patterdale Terrier and Collie mix from East Lothian. Her owners, Andrew and Carol Duff, rescued Cassie from a stray-shelter in Romania.

Cassie loves adventures, and has been on walks everywhere from the Tyningham Beach to the Lammermuir Hills.

4. Manny

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 23.08.44Manny is a charming 11 month-old Border Collie puppy from Fife. She and her owner, Vicky Gorn, enjoy playing sports and embarking on adventures.

Manny and Vicky even attends occasional agility classes together.

Check out Manny’s outdoor adventures on her Facebook.

5. George

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 23.11.54George is a one year-old Golden Retriever from Glasgow. HIs owners, Emma and Victoria Rae, love to take him on adventures across Scotland.

One of his favorite travel destinations is Loch Lomond, where he loves to splash around.

George already has 15.2k followers on his Instagram page, @golden_george_.

6. Bertie

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 23.53.48Bertie, a six year-old Fox Terrier, lives in Aberdeen with his owner, Dr. Gail Riekie. Bertie’s official name is Granddach Beinn Allign, after the Torridon Munro.

The fox terrier has travelled all over Scotland, visiting dog-friendly cafes in cities like Aberdeen and exploring the likes of Glen Tanar and Morven on Deeside.

7. Blaze

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 23.55.56Blaze the four year-old Border Collie is from the Isle of Skye, where he is a local celebrity. His owner, Steve Millar, often takes Blaze up huge hills and Munros.

In 2014, the pair raised over £1,000 for the Glencoe Mountain Rescue through the sales of a calendar featuring the adventurous pup.

Check out Blaze’s adventures on his twitter.

8. Fenton

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 23.57.10Fenton is a four year-old Shetland Sheepdog who lives in Shetland with owner Kaylee Robertson. This adventurous little dog loves to explore, and is often found splashing through the crashing waves on the island shores, or else running round the rolling hills.

You can see Fenton’s Shetland adventures on Kaylee’s Instagram @Hobbitpaws.

9. Cluanie

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 23.58.50Cluanie the four year-old Jack Russell is a famous little dog from Inverness. Cluanie became famous after travelling up Ben Nevis in a kilt.

Cluanie’s owner, Micky Jones, has taken the tiny dog up 59 Munros in the last two years alone. Follow Cluanie’s adventures on his Facebook page.

VisitScotland and Denholm Associates will now work with TV personality Kaye Adams and the charity Dogs’ Trust to pick the winning finalist. The official Ambassadog will be announced later this month, after interviews with the finalists. Besides fame, the Ambassadog and their owner will win a unique dog-friendly holiday in Scotland.

Learn more about the Ambassadog finalists, and watch their nominee videos here.

Scotland is a wonderful travel destination for humans and animals alike. If you and your pet are interested in visiting Scotland, you will need proper documentation. Find out more about Scotland Pet Passports here.

Visit the VisitScotland website for more information on canine vacation fun. VisitScotland has a variety of pet-friendly holiday itineraries for those travelling to Scotland with a pet.

All images via the VisitScotland Ambassadog videos on Vimeo.com/butterflyfilms.

Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology 2017

VisitScotland, Scotland’s official tourism board and a partner organization of The American-Scottish Foundation, is already looking ahead to 2017. Next year will be the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology in Scotland.

The year 2017 will showcase the rich history and archaeology of Scotland, celebrating its famous World Heritage Sites, ancient monuments, historic battlefields, castles, houses and more. Scotland’s heritage will be shared through its rich cultural traditions, ancient myths and classic tales.

The year of History, Heritage & Archaeology in Scotland will shine new light on the nation’s icons and hidden gems alike. Scotland’s gorgeous landscape, incredible architecture, and deep heritage make it a perfect holiday destination for the adventurous traveller.

VisitScotland has created inspiring itineraries to help visitors make the most of their trips to Scotland in 2017.

Click these links to view the following themed itineraries from VisitScotland:

To find out more about VisitScotland, visit the website here.

All Aboard For Outlander

In 1998, April 6th was declared National Tartan Day.  Since then celebrations of scottish heritage and pride have taken place throughout the United States, and nowhere more than New York who top off a week long celebration of events throughout the City, with the annual New York Tartan Day Parade.

This years celebrations took on an added dimension as the hugely popular series Outlander, premiered their second season on the evening of the Parade – and the chosen Grand Marshal for the Parade was non other than the shows leading actor, Sam Hueghan.  Heughan plays the dashing Highlander, Jamie Fraser in the series.

Outlander fans were planning for months to come together in New York for the Parade and on hearing that Heughan was Grand Marshal the excitment grew.  Many of the fans have visited Scotland or plan to, and so the Scotland’s national tourism agency VisitScotland wrapped a double decker bus for the Parade with the image of the Callanish Stones and messaging, encouraging New Yorkers to book their tickets to the land that inspired Outlander.

Image via wired.com

Image via wired.com

The series is filmed throughout Scotland, and already after the first series, premier locations featured in the series have seen an increase in visitors.

Locations include Doune Castle, Culloden, Falkland and Culross, all of which have enjoyed a dramatic rise in visitor numbers.

 

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “Scotland Week is an opportunity for members of the Scottish tourism industry to meet with prospective visitors from the hugely important North American market, with events such as our Diaspora Breakfast always proving popular. Outlander has taken the world by storm and it is important that we capitalise on the continued success of a series in which Scotland really is the star.

“With its stunning imagery of the Callanish Stones, which are just like the ones that play such a pivotal role in the series, our bus is sure to be a big hit during the hugely popular Tartan Day Parade, which regularly attracts thousands of spectators. Hopefully it will encourage event more people to look into booking a trip to Scotland and explore the land that inspired Outlander.”

Outlander fans in New York during Scotland Week also enjoyed a special event taking place at NYC Beer Authority on the evening of April 8th. The Belhaven Brewery-sponsored gathering saw a number of Scottish businesses showcasing their Outlander-inspired wares, including jewellery makers Hamilton & Young, Walkers Shortbread, tour operator Mary’s Meanders and “Outlander Herbalist” Claire MacKay.

Outlander is based on the best selling series of books by Diana Gabaldon.

For more information on Outlander and Scotland, go to www.visitscotland.com/outlander

Modern Traveller on Larry King’s Ora TV has been experiencing Scotland

Watch three great segments on  Ora TV, Modern Traveler, with globetrotting host reporter Alyssa Caverley as she experiences Scotland. Taking to the road Alysha doesnt only take us to the “hotspots” but to meet and experience local culture and customs.

Alyshas visit to a sheep farm has her taking on sheep shearing before heading off to experience haggis… no visit to Scotland would be complete with out a taste of Haggis.  The episodes cover a wide range of topics from food and drink, to kilt making, sheep shearing, sheep dog trails, and of course a visit to  Scottish castles.  With an easy style one is with her on the road.

sheep shearing

Image via ora.tv

Image via ora.tv

 

 

 

 

With the support of VisitScotland, Alyssa also took her taste-buds on a journey through the Scotch Malt Whisky Trail, tried her hand at fly fishing at a castle, and visits Cairngorms National Park.

Watch the episodes and\ join in Alyssa’s fun here:

http://www.ora.tv/moderntraveler/playlist/scotland

 Ore TV, is the entertainment digital network & production company founded by American television host Larry King & Mexican business mogul Carlos Slim