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

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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A Border Terrier in the Scottish Borders

Gilbert Summers

One of the very best things to come out of the Scottish Borders is a Border terrier. No, wait a minute, let’s be strictly accurate: the Border terrier is actually of English origins, and was bred originally on the southern or Northumbrian side of the Border. But no matter. You do actually see plenty of Border terriers in the Borders.

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The inheritors of the grubby trade in performing animals

Gilbert Summers

Maybe I am being obtuse, but if we long ago banned dancing bears and chimps tea parties and other forms of animal exploitation, why are birds of prey shows still to be seen in Scotland? Some of the top hotels here positively encourage this form of  performing animal  'entertainment'. What next? Bring back the monkey and the organ grinder?

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