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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.

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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

Have you #ScotSpirit?

VisitScotland, a partner of the American-Scottish Foundation, has launched a new tourism campaign aimed at promoting the “spirit of Scotland.”

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The campaign will celebrate the seven traits it believes can be found within the characters of the people and landscapes of the country: warmth, humour, guts, spark, soul, determination and fun.

The official hashtag of the movement, #ScotSpirit, is being used to unite and encourage people across the world in sharing what Scotland means to them.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched the campaign, along with stunt bike athlete and viral sensation Danny MacAskill, Social Bite entrepreneur, Josh Littlejohn and Olympic athlete, Laura Muir.

This is one of a series of initiatives changing the way in which VisitScotland markets Scotland around the world, the key markets being across the UK, France, Germany and New York City.

A new TV advert has been created, featuring time-lapse imagery directed by Edinburgh-based filmmaker Ben Craig, and a soundtrack composed by Giles Lamb and performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In Scotland, the advert will feature a voiceover by Scottish actor and Game of Thrones star Iain Glen. In the USA, it will be narrated by Perthshire-born star of the US hit The Good Wife, Alan Cumming.

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Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said:

“The new advertising visuals are breathtaking and I’m sure they will inspire many to make the journey to Scotland, but this is about so much more than stunning imagery. It’s about harnessing a nation behind tourism.

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“We want everyone who cares for Scotland to get behind this campaign by using #ScotSpirit and in doing so become ambassadors for the country and create this very special movement.”

He added: “Scotland is a unique place inhabited by a unique people – a combination that creates an inimitable spirit.

“The emotional pull of this spirit can’t be duplicated by other destinations. You have to come to Scotland to experience it.”

Have you #ScotSpirit? Get involved by using the official #ScotSpirit hashtag and sharing what Scotland means to you.

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Travel Itineraries Provided by VisitScotland

VisitScotland, a partner organization of The American-Scottish Foundation, has provided a set of travel itineraries coinciding with Scotland’s famous tourist routes.

coastaltouristroute Scotland has twelve famous tourist routes that lend to many new discoveries for travellers. The routes include coastal trails such as the Angus Coastal Route and the Fife Coastal Route, explorations of the Borders through the Borders Historic Route, and travels through the Highlands via the Highlands Tourist Route and the North & West Highlands Route. Scotland’s diverse landscape, remote towns and hidden villages are all waiting to be explored.

Find out more about these twelve tourist routes on VisitScotland.com

The detailed itineraries provided by VisitScotland are filled with activities to entertain and excite you as you travel through Scotland’s tourist routes.bluebell-wood-loch-eck-argyll These itineraries vary in length and theme.

They map out activities for visits lasting anywhere between two to fourteen days. The themes span Robert Burns, Scottish heroes, famous castles, and public transport.

inveraray-castle-argyllAn example of one itinerary celebrates ‘2016, the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design’ in Scotland, planning out four days in Glasgow, Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries & Galloway, and Argyll. The travel plans take you through museums, gardens, castles and more.

 

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Another itinerary, called “Scotland, the Home of Golf,” maps out a fourteen-day travel plan revolving around golfing throughout Scotland. This travel plan will have you swinging clubs in St Andrews, Aberdeen, Ayrshire and more.

To read more about these travel guides, or find help planning out your vacation, head to this link from VisitScotland and find the itinerary that’s right for you.

See you in Scotland!

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Year of Food and Drink Scotland Releases Breathtaking New Video

2015 is the Year of Food and Drink in Scotland, and from the look of this recently released VisitScotland video, it’s sure to be a mouthwatering twelve months.

A Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland and Scotland’s Food and Drink, the Year of Food and Drink will spotlight some of Scotland’s finest cuisine and beverages, as well as the gorgeous locations where they are found.

“The Year of Food and Drink is a fantastic opportunity to show off at home and abroad the delicious local produce we have right on our doorstep and to build on the already phenomenal success of our food and drink sector,” commented Food Secretary Richard Lochhead. VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay said: “The Year of Food and Drink will see visitors far and wide come and sample our enticing natural larder and Scots enjoying the delicious cuisine that is right on their doorstep.

Take a look at the video and preview some of the incredible places and tastes the Year of Food and Drink Scotland will be featuring:


To learn more about the events and featured dishes of the initiative, visit the Year of Food and Drink 2015 homepage.

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Enchanted Forest 2014 at Faskally Wood

The award-winning annual Enchanted Forest event at Faskally Wood in Perthshire is now open through 26th of October.

Each year, with light and sound, the already gorgeous setting of Faskally Wood is transformed into a magnificent display of sensory enchantment.

Each year’s forest has a different theme – this year’s theme is “elemental,” and features the creative talents of Kate Bonney, Simon Hayes, RJ McConnell, and Jon Beales.  The show features special attractions including a troupe of aerial artists from All or Nothing who perform amidst the tree tops, as well as a storytelling yurt.

Food and beverages will also be available.

In the past, the Enchanted Wood has won numerous awards, including the Event Management Grand Prix, Best Cultural Event and a commendation for Best Large Event at the Scottish Event Awards 2011, and the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Award for Event of the Year.

 

To book tickets for the event, click here. To see VisitScotland‘s new video on the magic of Perthshire, click here.