RTE 1 / 13 Scotland’s hidden gems: Long Island, Scotlands, and more article The UK tourist season starts next week and the long-awaited UK Tourist Board is due to publish its annual list of Scotland’s “hidden gems”.
The list includes the Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s homes, the new royal palace in Edinburgh and the new Scottish National Museum, as well as the country’s historic landmarks such as the National Gallery and the Royal Docklands, as seen in the photo above.
We caught up with the tour operator for an exclusive look at the list, its contents and the challenges facing the country to attract more tourists.
Tourism Scotland’s CEO Rob Tuffley says Scotland’s unique landscape and unique character will attract many visitors from all over the world.
“Scotland’s natural beauty, rich history and history of tourism will draw people to our beautiful country,” he says.
“Scotland’s tourism industry is strong and growing.
We know we are an exciting and popular destination for people who want to experience the country on foot, canoe, kayak, cycle or just by boat.
Tuffley also stressed that Scotland has its own unique charm that makes it a perfect choice for the tourist season.
I would love to see the UK Tourism Board’s list become the guideposts for all other countries to follow in order to attract tourists, he said.
Scottish Heritage Scotland, which administers the Queen’s Scottish National Park and the Scottish Islands, is looking to attract an extra $10 million a year to its budget, to be spent on the new £1.5 billion National Heritage Site, the Edinburgh airport and the refurbishment of the Royal Highland Hospital.
The Royal Highland and Edinburgh Airport are both funded by the Queen.
Tourism Scotland estimates that the airport alone would generate more than £1 billion for the economy in the next 10 years.
The other three sites in the list are: the National Museum in Edinburgh, the Royal Palace in Edinburgh’s Park, the Scottish National Art Gallery and Historic Castle on the M6 in Dumfries and Galloway, which will be refurbished for the Queen, and the National Library in Edinburgh.
As well as its own tourist attractions, Tourism Scotland is looking at the potential of the Scottish capital’s cultural heritage and the “hidden treasures” it has to offer.
In addition to its heritage sites, Tourism Wales has a list of its own “hidden gem” attractions, which include a series of new libraries and museums in the Borders, which includes a series on the history of the county.
There is also the Scottish Folk Museum, which was opened in 2008 and is a world-class collection of music, dance and literature, with more than 70,000 items.
It is run by the Royal Edinburgh Folk and Classical Society, and was founded by Edinburgh-based music composer Sir Charles MacLane.
A Scottish National Heritage site is also under the spotlight in Scotland.
The National Heritage Area, which is overseen by the Scottish Parliament, includes land, sea and air.
The area includes more than 4,000 islands, some of which have been designated national parks, and is also home to the world-famous Royal Ballet of Edinburgh, as it was for more than 150 years.
Tourism Wales is also looking at new attractions, including the Royal Horticultural Museum, an attraction which will become the first in the UK to include the Royal Botanic Gardens, which have more than 200 species of flowering plants.
Tourists will also be able to experience more of Scotland than ever before, with new attractions and experiences such as: The first-ever National Treasure tour, a five-day journey from Edinburgh to Aberdeenshire and on to the Scottish Borders; the Edinburgh International Folk Festival, a four-day festival which includes the Scottish Highland Games, the Highland Games World Cup, the Gaelic Games, a Scottish Cup, and other events; and the Queen Mary’s Scottish Museum, a new museum which will hold the Queen and her family’s collection of art, literature, architecture, music, and dance, and a new art gallery.
Tourist board chairman Mike Wylie says Scotland is one of the world’s most popular destinations for travellers and this year’s list is a reflection of the demand from overseas visitors.
The UK Tourists Board has been a long-standing member of the Tourism Scotland board and has worked closely with us to help develop the new Tourism Scotland website.
We look forward to welcoming you to Scotland, and hope you will continue to come back for more exciting experiences.
Tourisms Scotland’s chief executive, Rob Truffley, says Scotland has a rich heritage and culture which attracts many visitors to Scotland from all around the world and this is reflected in the number of visitors to the country.
He said: “Scotland is unique, with a rich history, rich heritage, rich culture, and one of Scotland