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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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Ghosts and Apparitions in Scotland

Gilbert Summers

Do I believe in Scottish ghosts? No. Except I admit I have had a couple of spooky experiences here that I can't explain. Pull your chair closer to the fire and let me tell you...

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Whisky Galore - Encore

Gilbert Summers

A movie of a movie based on a novel based on a real event. But is the new Whisky Galore enjoyable? Well, it's a good story but you won't find the Hebrides in it.

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Glasgow Central Station Tours

Gilbert Summers

There are all kinds of guided tours in Scotland - but the Glasgow Central Station Tour offers something out of the ordinary. We went along to find out why it is so highly rated.

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The Hype of the Northern Lights in Scotland

Gilbert Summers

Since digital photography has become the norm, the Northern Lights have become strangely brighter and worth a bit of marketing effort here in Scotland.

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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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A Wee Excursion on the Borders Railway

Gilbert Summers

Late November and the Christmas Market beside Edinburgh Waverley Station was getting under way. The sky was calm and clear. And we took the train to Galashiels on the Borders Railway.

 

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Incident at Glenfinnan

Gilbert Summers

While waiting for the clansmen to turn up so he could get on with the Jacobite rebellion, Bonnie Prince Charlie hears about the future from a local sooth-sayer.

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Things I wouldn’t write about Tourism in Scotland now

Gilbert Summers

Some things stay the same in the way that Scotland is promoted. But some things change. Finding an old brochure prompts some musings.  What were 'TICs'? Were Highland Games the mainstay of Scottish events and have the Waverley Novels been replaced by Harry Potter?

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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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A Thought about Choosing Your Accommodation

Gilbert Summers

Scotland has a great selection of accommodations at all price levels. Pay the premium and you can have a real luxury experience with first class service. But is that the way to get any insight into the real Scotland? Just a thought or two...

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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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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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