Good evening from Yorkshire as I sit and eat my Gin & Tonic Ice-pop (yes you read correctly, head on to Aldi and pick some up they are incredible!!),
I recently returned from a work trip with Great Rail Journeys and me and my colleague attended the Visit Scotland Expo held at the SECC Glasgow on 26th-27th April.
I have never been to Scotland before and to visit the Expo was such a great experience to see what this amazing place has to offer.
Visit Scotland launched their very first global campaign all about ‘The Spirit of Scotland’ and it encourages everyone to share about what makes them proud to live and visit Scotland.
By sharing the #ScotSpirit we all can be ambassadors to help inspire more people to Visit Scotland!
There were so many great suppliers there representing the regions of Scotland and really showing their #ScotSpirit. It is fair to say that Scotland has become more and more popular with both international tourists and those domestic travellers. In the last quarter of 2016 day trips from the UK rose by 13% (Visit Scotland, 2016).
I believe the reason for this is that Scotland is perceived to be ‘a safe destination’ due to terror incidents targeting popular holiday spots, Scotland is the place to go. Of course it is under very difficult circumstances but it is great to see people are still travelling and exploring new places. You can start off in one of the major cities Edinburgh or Glasgow and in a quick car drive you can be absorbing the stunning landscapes of Loch Lomond or Loch Ness.
Hiring a car is the way forward, that is how me and my colleagues got around Scotland. I was typically expecting miserable weather with rain and gloomy skies. I was so surprised it was sunny for the whole trip with bright blue skies truly lighting up the stunning landscapes (it doesn’t happen often…so we were very lucky, the week before they had snow!).
I would like to thank Visit Scotland for such a wonderful event and for hosting two amazing dinners with outstanding entertainment (check out The Clann & Bahookie you will not be disappointed!). The Clann are a live Scottish stunt fighting team who were incredible and (I know this may sound stereotypical) felt like they had stepped straight out of Braveheart! To end the evening we had a Ceilidh with Bahookie they are a rock band who describe themselves as ‘a fiddler who meets the foo fighters and then hangs out with Avicii’. It was so much fun and definitely got me excited for our trip.
Our route was as below: Starting off in Glasgow and ending in Edinburgh.
I have been so lucky to cover so much of Scotland in 10 days, it really opened my eyes to what is basically on my doorstep. It takes approx. 2hrs from York to Edinburgh then continuing on to Glasgow. We then ended the trip in Edinburgh and what a beautiful place, we did not spend too much time in Edinburgh so I will definitely be going back to explore further. This trip definitely helps me to fulfil one of my goals for this year to explore more places in the UK and become more well travelled.
Here are some images from my trip (I will be doing a full report over the next few days splitting it up in sections as it was a jam-packed itinerary):
We had a sneak peak of the Visit Scotland Coo-Van which is helping to spread information & inspiration right across Scotland to both locals and tourists.
This would have been a pretty cool ride for our road trip…unfortunately we could not take it with us.
Take a look and find some inspiration for yourself:
Argyll & Isles: https://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/argyll-isles/
The Highlands: https://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/highlands/
The Outer Hebrides: https://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/outer-hebrides/
The videos definitely worked for me as we were played them through the Visit Scotland dinner hosted at the Hilton Glasgow. Let me know what you think?
Have you been to Scotland and if so what are your favourite places?
Share them with me in the comments!
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I will be posting more in-depth updates from my trip giving you some hints to the best places to go in Scotland, so keep an eye out.
Thank you for reading,