Kenny MacAskill: Who needs bricks and mortar tourist offices?

Bricks and mortar offices will not sell Scotland to the world, writes Kenny MacAskill

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The Cauldron, Grangemouth, by George Robertson. Picture Photo: George Robertson/PA Wire

Urban views of Scotland win VisitBritain landscape photography awards

An industrial landscape at Grangemouth, a steam train crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the three bridges crossing the Forth were among the Scottish entries in this year’s Landscape Photographer of the Year Award.

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The number of tourists is increasing but more than half of the tourist offices have closed. Picture: by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Brian Ferguson: Tourists numbers rising so why the office closures?

It is quite an achievement to turn what should have been a success story for one of Scotland’s most important industries into a country-wide controversy.

Opinion 1
The flumes and slides at Caribe Aquatic Park.

Travel: Playa Montroig, Costa Dorada

With plenty of activities and tasty takeaways, the holiday resort of Playa Montroig proves perfect for Colin Heggie and his wife and three young children

The rooms are a key strength of the hotel.

Do Not Disturb: The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square

The weekend usually begins for me with a battle through traffic to get to the Queensferry Crossing and Fife, so it was a rare treat to meet the missus in town and make the short walk to The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, formerly The Roxburghe.

A Highland glen and loch.

Instagram gallery will put tourists in picture about Scotland

IT is a world away from the traditional image of a tourist information centre bedecked in tartan or high street travel agency piled high with brochures.

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Picture: Mungos Den, supplied

Top romantic winter breaks in Scotland to book now

Getaway from it all and spend some quality time together in these lovely Scottish locations

Edinburgh will keep its tourist information office - but many other smaller Scottish towns will lose theirs. Picture: Jon Savage

VisitScotland to shut 60% of tourist information offices

More than half of Scotland’s tourist information centres are to be axed - despite soaring numbers of visitors from overseas countries.

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Tourists on the Royal Mile during the Edinburgh Festival. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Number of American tourists visiting Scotland soars

The number of American tourists visiting Scotland has soared over the last year.

Growing numbers of overseas visitors are flocking to Scotland, according to the latest figures.

New hike in number of overseas visitors to Scotland revealed

The number of overseas visitors flocking to Scotland has risen by 10 per cent, according to new industry figures.

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
Picture: the Balmoral Hotel, TSPL

Eight of the most luxurious hotel rooms in Edinburgh

Treat yourself to a decadent stay in the capital this winter thanks to these five star hotels and their luxe rooms and suites

Dumfries has been names the happiest place in Scotland. Picture: Creative Commons

Dumfries declared the happiest town in Scotland to live

Dumfries has been identified as the happiest place to live in Scotland.

A Big White piste.

Travel: Over-50s skiing in British Columbia

Roger Bray and his wife don’t let dodgy knees put them off as they join a group of over-50s skiers for Masters Week in the British Columbia resort of Big White

The spacious rooms provide an ideal retreat for enjoying the country views.

Do Not Disturb: Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel and Spa, Aberfoyle

An idyllic Scottish getaway calls to mind sprawling views of the countryside, a loch, winding roads into the hills... and torrential rain. Which is what we were faced with on the drive to the Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel, situated just outside Aberfoyle in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

Steamtrain on the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Snow

Scotland’s tourism ‘pressure points’ to be reviewed

Scotland’s national tourism agency is carrying out a country-wide review of infrastructure amid growing fears that areas like Skye, Glenfinnan and the North Coast 500 route are being swamped with visitors, The Scotsman can reveal.

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Picture: Harvest Moon Holidays, TSPL

Top family holidays to enjoy in Scotland this winter

Treat yourself to a break and ensure the kids are entertained with these family-friendly destinations

Outlander helped boost tourist numbers at sites featured in the hit TV series. Picture: Sony Pictures Television

‘Outlander effect’ boosts visitors to Scottish historic sites

The “Outlander effect” is continuing to grow visitor numbers to Scotland’s historic sites, as the organisation behind Scotland’s major historic sites unveiled a record breaking summer season at its attractions.

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Picture: George Square market, Glasgow Loves Christmas

Dates confirmed for Glasgow’s Christmas markets

After initial reports that the annual Christmas markets may not go ahead, dates have now been released for both St Enoch’s and George Square, which are being organised under a new provider.

Glasgow & Strathclyde
The view from the property

In Pictures: Is this Edinburgh’s best located holiday let?

Rent is one of the major talking points in the Capital, with reports indicating that rents in the city have risen considerably.

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