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Blog - Is It Scotland?

A sporadic blog about Scotland and tourism that isn't grumpy all the time.  Promise.

Sunday Afternoon in Glasgow

Gilbert Summers

A typical Sunday afternoon in Glasgow. A new food venue to try. Wait, what's all that howling and obscenities in the street outside? The police are moving in. Och, it's just a skirmish after an ' Old Firm derby'. Ah, the banter in Glasgow the friendly city...

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The St Columba Brand

Gilbert Summers

St Columba is the main brand for promoting the Island of Iona. This is a quick canter through his life-story, told in a way that tourism marketing people will understand. Who needs information and product knowledge when you have marketing?

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Attack of the Killer Midges

Gilbert Summers

I admit it now: I've been too easy on these Scottish midges. OK, they never killed anyone but the ones in the Cairngorms were the worst we'd ever experienced. And we've experienced a lot...

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Tapping into my inner Noth

Gilbert Summers

The Tap o Noth is one of Aberdeenshire's finest viewpoints - the Iron Age tribes who first fortified this hilltop  lived in warlike times and needed commanding lookouts.  But what was 'vitrification' all about? Melting stonework? Why?

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No Dogs - and it's raining

Gilbert Summers

Scotland is sometimes promoted as the ideal destination for dog owners. But, it isn’t that simple. Find yourself on a wet day in the wrong destination and you may also find that lunch is definitely off.

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What Shall We Call Ourselves?

Gilbert Summers

There are two sorts of areas in Scotland. With one you kind of know what you’ll get. With the other, well, it takes a bit more marketing effort...and sometimes, you just can’t argue with geography.

 

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Is Ben Nevis Worth Climbing?

Gilbert Summers

Ben Nevis is Scotland's highest mountain, but does it represent a typical day's hill-walking in Scotland ? Of course it doesn't - because it attracts all sorts of other people who want to use the mountain in a different way.

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Loch Ness Marketing

Gilbert Summers

Loch Ness and - especially - its monster, is perhaps the most famous icon of Scotland. Certainly, its fame has gone round the world, ever since the story broke way back in 1933 and grabbed the attention of the media. So it's a safe bet that marketing money spent on promoting the area will bring a return. But Scotland has got so much more than a mythical monster...

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Aberdeen

Gilbert Summers

Aberdeen, Scotland’s third city - or The Granite City, the giant market town in the north-east of Scotland that all the little towns of Aberdeenshire look towards and whose inhabitants flock there when it’s a local holiday. Because it’s got the nearest big shops. Folk from Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Huntly...you could meet them all if you strolled down the main thoroughfare, Union Street, of a holiday Monday. No, wait a minute...that was Aberdeen in 1969.

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