Paddle Steamer Waverley is the last seagoing passenger-carrying paddle steamer in the world. She was built in 1946 and was named after Sir Walter Scott's first novel. She replaced a PS Waverley which was built in 1899 which was sunk in 1940. The ship was bought from Calmac in 1973, after serving the Firth of Clyde for many years, by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS) who restored the ship to her former glory and is now in use as a Passenger Excursion ship around the British coast. She sails from ports such as Glasgow, at the Science Centre, Bristol, the Thames, Liverpool and the … [Read more...] about Help Paddle Steamer Waverley
Scotland is becoming more and more popular with visitors from all over the world. Tourism growth is in the double figures with overseas visits up by 14.6% and domestic visits up by 10% from July to September. And where do all these people go to you wonder? There are a few top destinations which attract many folk. For instance, the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh welcomed 1.81 million people and overtook Edinburgh Castle as best visited attraction. The castle welcomed 1.77 million people. So what can you expect for 2018? Below are a few highlights for the year ahead, from a new Museum … [Read more...] about Scotland in 2018 – What is New?
When planning your Scotland holiday for 2018 make sure to consider a visit to the city of Dundee, as something very special is happening there, more about that further down. Perhaps you didn't know but Dundee has become the first UNESCO City of Design in the UK in 2014. This is a prestigious award that recognises the huge contribution the city has made to design worldwide. Dundee received this award because it has an established design industry and its designs include aspirin, biomedical research that has led to hundreds of new cancer drugs, comics including The Beano and The Dandy, orange … [Read more...] about V&A Museum of Design Dundee Opening in 2018
Who can deny that the wild beaches, deep lochs, marvellous scenery and craggy castles are some of the most wonderful and beautiful sights in the world? Apparently not many folk as Scotland has just been elected as the most beautiful country in the world, according to readers of the Rough Guides website that is. We already knew that Scotland is the most beautiful country in the world but it's nice to read that so many others think alike :-) The readers of the Rough Guides website chose Scotland over other beautiful countries such as Canada, New Zealand and Italy to name a few. Wether the … [Read more...] about Scotland Most Beautiful Country in the World
For those of you planning to visit Glasgow in July this year please be advised that the Glasgow Subway will be shut down entirely from the 2nd of July onwards. The Subway, or "Clockwork Orange" as it is sometimes referred to, will reopen on the 1st of august 2016. The Glasgow Subway was finished in 1896 and the first passengers were welcomed on the 14th of December 1896. It's the third-oldest underground metro system in the world and the only one in the UK which operates completely underground. The Glasgow Subway is currently undergoing a £288m modernisation plan to upgrade or replace … [Read more...] about Glasgow Subway Closed in July
Those of you who frequently, or occasionally, travel to the north of Scotland know that the A9 between Perth and Inverness, a total of 112 miles, is not the most pleasant road to drive, and not the safest either. The scenery might be breathtaking in most places but quite frequently, especially in the busy season, there are traffic jams due to roadworks, accidents or very slow moving vehicles. When you're lucky and find yourself on a section of dual carriage way you can overtake but as soon as that ends the road becomes single carriageway again. As slow moving vehicles also make use of the A9 … [Read more...] about Major Road Improvements A9 Perth to Inverness