So, summer is now upon us and it is a great time to get out and about around Scotland, experiencing all the brilliant things that the country has to offer.
Whether it is beautiful beaches, wonderful walks, fabulous festivals or exhilarating escapes, to name just a few things to consider, Scotland is able to provide a whole range of attractions and activities for everyone to enjoy and a little local knowledge is always appreciated.
You may know the best place to go for a lazy sunny Sunday stroll or a great spot to take the family for some fun – if so, we want to hear from you. Or you may be curious and on the lookout for tips on what castle is best for exploring, if that is the case then come along and ask the Scotlandhour audience for their expert knowledge and use their experience to help you plan an amazing time.
So, join us on Wednesday 26th June between 9-10pm on Twitter and share your great summer stories with us, just remember to include #Scotlandhour in your posts so others can see and engage with your tweets!
Q1 Where is your favourite place to visit in the summer and tell us why you like going there? #Scotlandhour
Q2 When the sun is shining and the temperature is rising, where do you look to go to catch some sun and what is the best way to get there? #Scotlandhour
Q3 Where do you like to go for a day trip that would surprise others? #Scotlandhour
Q4 Where is the best place for food and drink at this time of year? #Scotlandhour
Q5 Where is a great place for a picnic with family or friends? #Scotlandhour
Q6 Please share your snaps with us of summer in Scotland #Scotlandhour
As many of you will know 2020 is the Year of Coasts and Waters for Scotland. With 10,000 miles of coastline, 790 islands, 31,460 Lochs, 137 miles of canals, 11 major rivers with many more smaller ones we undoubtedly have some of the best coast and water in the world. Scotlandhour will feature this celebration also next year but we thought we would get the celebrations stared for our May Scotlandhour on the 29th May on Twitter. We are delighted that North Link Ferries @NLFerries and Scottish Canals @scottishcanals are co-hosting with us this month.
Do join us Wednesday 29th May 9pm – 10pm on twitter.
1. Scotland’s coastal scenery is very diverse, ranging from dramatic cliffs and sea stacks to stunning beaches – what is your favourite place close to the water? #scotlandhour
2. There are a great many festivals in Scotland. What is your favourite festival that has some connection to water? #scotlandhour
3. There are many Islands off the coast of the UK – do you have a favourite island destination? #scotlandhour
4. There are many activities that can take place in water around Scotland, from water sports to whale watching – any recommendations? #scotlandhour
5. How do Scottish waters benefit our local Food & Drink industry? #scotlandhour
6. Share your photos and footage of Scottish Water. #scotlandhour
Scotland has a wonderful outdoors ( the rain certainly helps to get things growing ) so we thought this the perfect opportunity to spend an hour talking about walking in Scotland, be it hills and mountains like the 282 Munros that we have across the country, or trails like the West Highland Way, the Great Glen Way or the Moray Coast Way. Perhaps you would prefer to walk the Caledonian Canal ( alongside it rather than in the water of course! ) or maybe the John Muir Way or Southern Upland Way are more up your street – we could go on for miles and miles with suggestions!
Whichever way you spend time, or want to spend time, walking in Scotland, there are plenty of opportunities out there for you, so join us to perhaps learn, perhaps assist others, but certainly to be reminded of some of the great walking opportunities that we have across Scotland.
Wednesday 24th April, 9 -10pm
April Walking Questions:
9.00pm Q1 What walk would you recommend to our visitors? #Scotlandhour
9.10pm Q2 Serious walkers love to bag “Munro” Mountains over 3000ft — What ones have you bagged or would love to get in your bag? #Scotlandhour
9.20pm Q3 How could we encourage Walking tourism? #Scotlandhour
9.30pm Q4 Have you ever walked a long distance walk .Tell us about it #Scotlandhour
9.40pm Q5 Have you taken a city walking tour before? Tell us your feelings #Scotlandhour
9.50pm Q6 Please share your favourite Scottish walking images or footage #Scotlandhour
Talking and Tweeting about Family Time Wednesday 27th March 9-10pm
As the days start to get noticeably longer – when did you last have to put your lights on to go to work? – and with the Easter break coming up on the horizon, we are focusing on family time in the next Scotlandhour.
Across the country, businesses are moving to their Summer opening hours or even just coming out of their Winter hibernation, and there are more and more choices of places to go, things to see and do and experiences to savour and enjoy.
Perhaps you know of a little known tourist attraction that would be just ideal for families to visit for a few hours, or a cafe or bar that offers something for all members of the family to enjoy, we want to hear from you and let others in on the best that our country has for families.
In terms of “What comprises a family?” – well we are not going to try and define that in any way, so the interpretation is very much up to you, use what ever suits you best!
Of course the weather will always be with us and that just provides the chance to consider different parts of the country in a different way – and we are the home of the Mackintosh rain coat for a reason!
We look forward to tweeting with you on the night and remember to include #Scotlandhour in all your tweets and A1 when answering question 1 etc,
Scotlandhour Questions for Wednesday 27th March 9-10pm
Q1. Where is a great place for families to visit when they have only part of the day available?
Q2. Where can families with children, under 15 years old say,visit on a wet day (we know it never rains but just in case)?
Q3. Where is a great place for the family to go to for refueling of stomach and mind?
Q4. What places should families visit that will have something for each member of the family?
Q5.What should be on the itinerary for families visiting your area for the weekend? Bonus points if it is a little known gem!
Q6. Share your pictures of ideal places for families to visit during their Easter break?
As we welcome the New Year and start off on the adventure of a new, exciting and interesting year, with great intentions of what we plan to achieve and do in the year that lies ahead of us, we thought that it was right to consider the welcome that we extend to all as well as the optimism of the new opportunity that we all enjoy.
The first month of the year can often be a challenging one if you don’t meet it head on and seize the chance of a fresh start – you can consider the untrodden snow outside your front door like a major challenge to get through, or you could think of the new path and footprints which you alone are about to make, it is all about perspective!
January can be a colourful month – with mornings and nights that are black, weather that has white-outs of snow, a super blood (red) wolf moon and even a moody “blue Monday“ – however, there are also some green shoots of recovery as the days begin to lengthen and you start to drive to work without your lights on!
Amidst all of this colour, we aim to shine a beacon of brightness with our first Scotlandhour of the New Year as we look to find out about the welcomes that we enjoy and embrace at the start of the year. It is very much a chance to share all that this change of year brings and the chance that it creates for us all to write a fresh page in our diary of life!
So, welcome to one and all, come on in and share with us your hopes, dreams, stories and tales as we look forward with a smile on our face and maybe even the sun on our back!
Join us on Wednesday 30th January 9-10pm for the first #Scotlandhour of 2019.
The questions are:
Q1 As we welcome in a New Year, what is the best thing you love about the start of a New Year?
Q2 When you think of a great warm welcome, what place or people spring to mind for you?
Q3 What would you like to welcome and introduce to our tourism offering if you could?
Q4 What is your favourite food / drink for this time of year?
Q5 What places in Scotland are you looking forward to being welcomed to this year?
Q6 Please share your photos of what this time of year means to you.
This month’s #scotlandhour chat explores the wonderful world of Scotland’s craft beer and craft gin.
Did you know that there are over 100 beer breweries in Scotland and that Scottish gin accounts for 70% of the UK’s overall gin production? Visitors to Scotland as well as residents are keen to experience authentic, local food and drink, and our growing appetite for craft beer and craft gin is helping us to discover more about Scotland’s places, people, and stories behind the brands.
Kintyre Gin is run by Emma and Niall Macallister-Hall and their growing team at Beinn an Tuirc Distillery, which occupies a former piggery building located on Torrisdale Castle Estate in Kintyre. All the water used to make the gin comes from a Victorian spring situated high above the distillery. They embrace wet weather at Beinn an Tuirc distillery and the 99kw hydro-electric scheme powers their copper still, giving Kintyre Gin unique eco credentials. The turbine house is located just a few yards away from the distillery and the source of the burn can be found high up on Beinn an Tuirc itself. The work of the distillery allows Emma and Niall to plough some of their profits back into the local community and business start-ups. The Bein an Tuirc team have engaging and honest conversations with their many fans on social media and gin lovers can now visit and tour the distillery (perhaps with Boss Hog – aka Niall!)
Scotbeer Tours‘ key mission is to share the story of Scotland through beer, and since launching in 2016, it has just done that. Owner Sara Robertson and her team have developed innovative tours which allow craft beer lovers to get off the beaten track, and discover areas of Edinburgh and Glasgow through stories, historic walking tours, and an appreciation of local breweries, beers and ales. The company also caters for private tours and groups. The team also get out and about to educate and showcase the best of brewing at a range of events. Scotbeer is active on social media and their blog is a great place to learn more about Scottish brewers, with a spotlight on the growing number of young women brewers who are passionate about their craft. Sara Robertson was named one of the Top 100 Women in Tourism earlier this year.
Scotlandhour Wednesday 28 November 2018, 9-10pm
Experiencing Scotland’s Craft Beer & Craft Gin
9pm Q1: Do you prefer food & drink experiences highly polished or warts-&-all & which tours/tastings would you recommend? #scotlandhour
9.10pm Q2: What part does authenticity play in craft beer & gin choice? #scotlandhour
9.20pm Q3: Pubs are a big part of Scotland. Which would you recommend & why? #scotlandhour
9.30pm Q4: How heavily does local food & drink influence your holiday/trip choice? #scotlandhour
9.40pm Q5: Many gins & more & more craft beers are using wild ingredients. How important is this in communicating Scotland? #scotlandhour
9.50pm Q6: Share your memorable photos/videos of Scotland’s craft beer & gin experiences.
What a great time of the year we are heading into now, when crisp, sharp mornings awaken and welcome you to shorter days, when natures’ colours really show their beauty, ahead of long, dark nights when our focus is on warmth and comfort. Yes, we did have a sensational summer when weather warnings were of drought and sizzling temperatures, but now we know winter is on the way, especially as, whisper it, snow, is showing in the five day forecast for some parts of the north!
As we always try to provide ideas and inspiration for you, this month’s Scotlandhour looks at Winter breaks and days out.
We can give you a 100% guarantee that over the next few months, there will be weather in Scotland.
What that will be like, cold, mild, wet, dry, freezing, windy, calm, we do not know, but we do know there will be weather of that we are sure, so let us share our what our best tips and favourite places are to make it an even more enjoyable time.
Let us enjoy these next few months and continue to celebrate all that is marvellous in and about the country, so join us on Wednesday 31st October, between 9pm-10pm for this month’s Scotlandhour.
This month’s questions:
9.00pm Q1. There are some great weather days when we can get out and about, even at this time of year, where do you like to go on those days when the sun shines? #Scotlandhour
9.10pm Q2. Okay, so sometimes our weather can be a bit wet / windy / stormy / cold / freezing (and even all at the same time!), so for those “rare” days when it is not so nice, where makes for a great day and why? #Scotlandhour
9.20pm Q3. So when you are looking for a little treat or bit of refueling, what are your favourite places for a stop off, either for a coffee & cake or gin & tonic break, or something even more substantial? #Scotlandhour
9.30pm Q4. What places do you like to get out away to for a winter break? #Scotlandhour
9.40pm Q5. Tell us your tales of being impressed when out and about, either by a place, a person, the service, the view, the scenery – whatever caught your eye? #Scotlandhour
9.50pm Q6. Of course, we would love you to share your images of winter times in Scotland. #Scotlandhour
Don’t forget to include A1 and #Scotlandhour in your answer for Q1 etc as it really helps with attaching the tweets to the right question.
Langoustines, Scottish salmon, Scottish lamb, and whisky? Scotland is abundant in great produce and talented chefs making this country a great food destination.
This month we are exploring the Scotland Food and Drink, from Argyll to Aberdeenshire, from Highlands to the Scottish Borders. From amazing restaurants to tasty street food, Scotland has something for every taste and budget.
Scotland is known for many things including tartan, whisky, our mountains and our history and culture. But what about the less well known areas of Scotland including tourist hubs like our cities and the highlands? The dictionary tells us that a secret is something known about by only a small number of people, and is not told or shown to anyone else. Hopefully we will be able to let people in on a few of our country’s secrets during the hour!
Dunnottar Castle by Traveling Savage
Our co-host this month is Keith from @travelingsavage – Keith is an American living in Wisconsin but fully immersed in Scotland! His passion for our country is plain to see and when not working on his novels, he uses this knowledge to help others plan their trips around Scotland as you can see from his piece on Dunnottar Castle which is shown here.
So do join us on Wednesday 29th August at 9pm GMT as we look to uncover a few of the many secrets that we have in Scotland and your tweets and tips will prove invaluable to everyone as it is often the local knowledge that turns a good trip into a GREAT time!
After all, it is certainly NO SECRET about how beautiful and brilliant Scotland is – this is our turn to let everyone know just how amazing and special our country is!
The questions are shown here and don’t forget to include #Scotlandhour with your tweets and then put A1 in the answer to Q1 etc.!
Q1. Where do you go to get away from it all, with natural beauty and guaranteed not to be mobbed? #Scotlandhour
Q2. Which secrets or hidden gems in your area do you recommend to your guests? #Scotlandhour
Q3. What secrets hide in plain sight? #Scotlandhour
Q4. Are there special places in your area that are spectacular at a secret/certain time of day or year? #Scotlandhour
Q5. What secret do you wish you had discovered sooner? #Scotlandhour
Q6 Share the images and videos which show Secret Scotland! #Scotlandhour
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?
Q1 Any suggestions on how to stay healthy and fit whilst travelling? #ScotlandHour
Q2 What activities do you enjoy to maintain a healthy body and mind? And where can they be done in Scotland #ScotlandHour
Q3 Does what we eat make us who we are? Where can travellers find healthy, tasty Scottish food #ScotlandHour
Q4 What are your recommendations for Scottish weekends away, which promote health and well-being? #ScotlandHour
Q5 What are your suggestions for getting the whole family involved in a healthy day out? #ScotlandHour
Q6 Share the images which show your healthy inspirations and achievements #ScotlandHour