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Scotlandhour July 2018 – Health & Wellbeing

“why walk…. when you can run?”

This month we are talking about Health & Wellbeing. Scotland is the perfect location if you’d like to get outdoors and spend some time enjoying some exercise or simply chilling out. Our scenery offers challenges including Munros through to gentle, easy family walks. Wild swimmers can enjoy pristine lochs and beaches to rival the Caribbean. Or why not look after your body and mind during your visit with some yoga in a beautiful location such as a country garden. Go crazy and speed downhill on your mountain bike to take to the slopes at one of Scotland’s ski resorts.

This month we are joined by co-hosts @RunTheSights. A brilliant concept providing running tours throughout Scotland, suitable for all running abilities. The team cater for travelling tourists, corporate groups, jog Scotland groups, party groups, small private tours etc – they even have super fun running tours that involve alcohol. So, after a sightseeing running tour of places including Dundee, Edinburgh or Glasgow enjoy a well-earned glass of something fizzy.

So, if you join us on Wednesday 25th July at 9pm GMT please be ready to share your top tips about where your favourite places are to look after your well being in Scotland. And which are your go-to businesses who can really help us maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle – even when we are enjoying our holidays.

Any life hack tips or quick fixes to promote a healthier lifestyle that can slot into life without a drastic overhaul?

9:00pm Q1 Any suggestions on how to stay healthy and fit whilst travelling? #ScotlandHour

9:10pm Q2 What activities do you enjoy to maintain a healthy body and mind? And where can they be done in Scotland. #ScotlandHour

9:20pm Q3 Does what we eat make us who we are?  Where can travellers find healthy, tasty Scottish food?#ScotlandHour

9:30pm Q4 What are your recommendations for Scottish weekends away, which promote health & well-being?  #ScotlandHour

9:40pm Q5 What are your suggestions for getting the whole family involved in a healthy day out? #ScotlandHour

9:50pm Q6 Share the images which show your healthy inspirations & achievements. #ScotlandHour

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Scotlandhour May 2018 – Scotland’s Festivals

Twitter chat #Scotlandhour is delighted to be celebrating Scotland’s Festivals on Wednesday 30 May 2018, 9-10pm.

We are joined by a group of fantastic festival co-hosts for this months’theme!

Please welcome and follow Festivals Edinburgh (@edfests), Aberdeen Festivals (@aberdeenfests), #YOYP2018 representative Manda MacLeod (@mandamacleod) and the BVAC Classic Festival of Motoring (@BVACClassic) and remember you can also ask them questions.

For any tweets relating to the Year of Scotland’s Young People, we’d love you to try and add an additional #YOYP2018 tag into some of your answers – please see below.

Join us for a brilliant evening of festival chat, shared tips and Scotland travel inspiration!

Check out the questions, share and prepare, and don’t forget to have some great photos and videos to share too.

Scotlandhour Questions, Wednesday 30 May 2018, 9-10pm BST

9:00pm Q1. What’s new & worth sharing in festivals in your area? #scotlandhour

9:10pm Q2. How are Scotland’s young people getting involved in festivals?#scotlandhour #YOYP18

9:20pm Q3 Festival trips can cost – tips for accommodation or living like a local? #scotlandhour

9:30pm Q4 Which festivals do you go back to again and again & why? #scotlandhour

9:40pm Q5 Which festivals offer new food and drink experiences? #scotlandhour

9:50pm Q6 Share your most memorable festival photos and videos. #scotlandhour

We look forward to tweeting with you soon.

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Scotlandhour March 2018 – Scotland’s Islands

The blog on this month’s chat is brought to you by #scotlandhour team members Fiona Drane and Dougie Baird.

Did you know that Scotland has 790 islands? 95 of these are inhabited from the Shetland and Orkney Islands in the far North to the Inner and Outer Hebrides to the Islands of the Clyde.

A visit to a Scottish Island is a must at least once in a lifetime.  But which island to visit?  Do you island hop?  Or are you an Island bagger, doing the island equivalent of Munro bagging?

Whether you are a well-seasoned island traveller, have fond memories of trips “doon the water” on the Waverley, or you’d like to learn more, the March ScotlandHour chat is for you.  Join #Scotlandhour on Twitter to celebrate Scotland’s Islands from 9pm to 10pm on Wednesday 28 March.

We’re delighted to welcome guest hosts Outer Hebrides @OuterHebs, Caledonian MacBrayne @CalMacFerries and for #YOYP2018 blogger Katie McLeod @KatieMacL who hails from the Isle of Lewis and is now based in New York.

Remember to include #Scotlandhour in all your tweets and A1 in your question 1 etc. Question 5 refers to Year of the Young people, (#YOYP2018) so if you can manage an extra hashtag that would be great!

Scotlandhour Questions, Wednesday 28 March 2018, 9-10pm

Q1 9pm: What inspires you to travel to Scotland’s islands? #Scotlandhour

Q2 9.10pm: If you only had time to visit one Scottish island, which one would it be & why? #Scotlandhour

Q3 9.20pm: Where is your favourite place in the islands to eat and drink locally? #Scotlandhour

Q4. 9.30pm: Does social media influence which island you choose to holiday on? #Scotlandhour

Q5 9.40pm: Where are your kids’ & grandkids’ favourite holiday places on Scotland’s islands & why? #Scotlandhour #YOYP2018

Q6 9.50pm: Share your images and videos of the Scottish islands. #Scotlandhour

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Scotlandhour 2018 Twitter Chat Calendar

We’re delighted to share our 2018 Scotlandhour Calendar. 

(Each month, theme, time and date is also on the home page tabs).

If you’re not familiar with Scotlandhour read more about how the chat works and meet the team.

For 2018, we’re returning to the original format of a monthly chat assisted by a number of guest co-hosts relevant to each month’s theme – we welcome volunteers but we also target specific hosts for the Scotlandhour monthly chats.

Scotlandhour 2018 Calendar (9-10pm, last Wednesday of the month)
  • Wednesday 31 January: Scotland’s Year of Young People #YOYP2018
  • Wednesday 28 February: Travel & Tourism Awards – Our Shining Stars
  • Wednesday 28 March: Scotland’s Islands – A Celebration
  • Wednesday 25 April: Natural Scotland/Earth Day
  • Wednesday 30 May: Scotland’s Festivals
  • Wednesday 27 June: European Championships Glasgow 2018
  • Wednesday 25 July: Health & Wellbeing Trips & Experiences
  • Wednesday 29 August: Secret Scotland 
  • Wednesday 26 September: Scotland’s Food & Drink
  • Wednesday 31 October: Winter Breaks & Days Out
  • Wednesday 28 November: Scotland’s Craft Gins & Beers
  • Wednesday 19 December (earlier date): Hogmanay Celebrations Scotland

As 2018 is Scotland’s Year of Young People, not only do we kick off the first chat of 2018 by dedicating our chat theme to #YOYP2018, but this year, Scotlandhour is going one step further.

Our aim is to have a #YOYP2018 ambassador/young person as one of our co-hosts for EACH month this year, so if you are interested in co-hosting a chat or know someone interested, get in touch!

We hope that our 2018 Scotlandhour Scotland tourism and travel themes continue to inspire and engage our community and we look forward to sharing the best Scotland travel tips and experiences with you throughout 2018.

Join us 9-10pm the last Wednesday of each month (except December) – put the dates in your diary!

Want to get in touch? Tweet or DM any member of the #scotlandhour team or tweet us at @scotlandhour.

The post Scotlandhour Tourism Twitter Chat 2018 Calendar appeared first on ScotlandHour.

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Scotlandhour January 2018 – Celebrating Year of the Young People

2018 is the Year of the Young People celebrating the opportunity for young people to showcase their talents with 12 months of great events and activities.  Scotlandhour are really looking forward to this year and look forward to celebrating all year but in particular we thought it was the perfect way to start the year and celebrate Year of the Young People for our January theme.  We are delighted to be working with co-hosts @amympeters , @suexman, @youthtraveledin this month.  We asked Amy what the Year of the Young People means for her:

“The Year of Young People 2018 (YoYP) presents an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the amazing young personalities, talents and achievers that make a massive contribution to Scotland. At its heart, the year is about inspiring our nation through its young people’s ideas, attitudes and aspirations.

As one of over 500 national YoYP ambassadors, I’m looking forward to getting out into my local community to spread the word about the Year of Young People. Young people are truly amazing, and this themed year has the power to change misconceptions and remind young people how incredibly valued they are in our country.” 

Here are this month’s questions to allow you to get ready and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 31st January 9-10pm! As always, remember to include #Scotlandhour & A1 for your answer to question 1, #Scotlandhour & A2 for answer 2 etc.  We are using the usual hashtag #Scotlandhour but also the hashtag for Year of the Young People which is #YOYP2018

Q1. How do we encourage Young People #YOYP2018 to holiday in Scotland #Scotlandhour ?

Q2. Which bloggers/YouTubers/Instagram do you follow that you love and encourage you to explore Scotland? #YOYP2018 #Scotlandhour

Q3. What are your favourite platforms to book Scottish accommodation and why? #YOYP2018 #Scotlandhour

Q4. How do we encourage Young People #YOYP2018 to consider tourism in Scotland as a career? #Scotlandhour

Q5. What type of experiences/activities do you enjoy as a Young Person in Scotland #Scotlandhour #YOYP2018

Q6. Help celebrate #YOYP2018 with your videos and images showcasing Youth Travel in Scotland? #Scotlandhour

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Scotlandhour December 2017: Christmas and Hogmanay

It’s such a special time for the year for everyone, when we get the chance to eat, drink & be merry, reconnect & recharge, switch off the phone and switch on Christmas lights, do a lot of things or do not very much at all (delete as appropriate to you!).

Many of us will have the opportunity to see a bit more of our country over the holidays so we figured that it would make for some great planning if we were to have our #Scotlandhour earlier on in the month to assist, and we’re also aware that during the break, many of us lose track of the days, so having our normal “last Wednesday of the month” slot wouldn’t be the best.

We are delighted to have as our Guest Hosts for this month @edhogmanay the team behind the world famous Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations. Bringing in the New Year in Edinburgh is something which people travel from all over the world to do and this year’s revamped celebrations will once again put Scotland at the very heart of the world’s party!

They’re kicking off with the Torchlight Procession on Saturday 30th, partying in the streets on Hogmanay itself and of course, punching through the hangover with the bracing Loony Dook in the Firth of Forth on New Year’s Day! Brand new for January 2018 is Message from the Skies, a 25 day project which will see leading Scottish writer Val McDermid’s story ‘New Year’s Resurrection’ told through projections and multimedia onto Edinburgh’s buildings and landmarks.

Here are this month’s questions to allow you to get ready and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 13th December, 9-10pm! As always, remember to include #Scotlandhour &  A1 for your answer to question 1, #Scotlandhour & A2 for answer 2 etc.

#Scotlandhour Questions for Wednesday 13 December 2017, 9-10pm:

Q1 Tell us where you like to spend Christmas / Hogmanay and why? #Scotlandhour

Q2 Tell us what is your “must do” activity for Christmas / Hogmanay for someone visiting Scotland for the first time? #Scotlandhour

Q3 What Christmas gift or New Year first foot from Scotland do you look forward to giving / receiving? #Scotlandhour

Q4 What do you think is needed for a great party at Christmas / Hogmanay  #Scotlandhour

Q5 What traditions /customs do you like to do over the holidays? #Scotlandhour

Q6 Help get us in the mood and share with us your Christmas / Hogmanay images? #Scotlandhour

 Our thanks to everyone for their support and engagement so far in 2017, and let’s sign off in #Scotlandhour style!

The post Scotlandhour December 2017 Christmas and Hogmanay with @EdHogmanay Takeover appeared first on ScotlandHour.

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