It is great to be able to announce that I will be returning to bonny Scotland for the first time for a number of years, I’ve missed this stunning part of the United Kingdom and I am looking forward to working with the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau. The press trip is to promote the Glasgow and Loch Lomond region and I will be there from Sunday 14th April to Wednesday 17th April 2013. You can follow what promises to be a exciting adventure on Twitter and Instagram using the #inGlasgow hashtag.
Getting to know Glasgow
Glasgow is known throughout the world for its vibrant arts and culture scene, stunning architecture and world class shopping. What is less well know is that the Gaelic translation of Glasgow, Ghlaschu, is ‘Dear Green Place’ – a fitting name for a city with over 90 parks and formal gardens – more green spaces per capita than any other European city.
And today the city is embracing a new green revolution. Glasgow, once known as the second city of the Empire for its industrial strengths, has been awarded Scotland’s first industrial ‘Super City’ title and been shortlisted as one of four cities that will compete to become Europe’s ‘Green Capital’ in 2015. And as the city gears up to welcome the world to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, organisers have pledged to make the event the most environmentally friendly in history.
This two day trip will showcase Glasgow’s outstanding nature, wildlife and green heritage to mark Scotland’s Year of Natural 2013 – a year-long celebration of Scotland’s natural beauty, heritage, wildlife and biodiversity.
It sounds exciting doesn’t it? It will be great to see what changes have been made to the city since last time I was there.
Sunday 14th April
I am staying at the citizenM which is a new breed of international hotel now located in Amsterdam, Glasgow and London, and arriving soon in Paris, New York and Rotterdam. citizenM welcomes the mobile citizens of the world – the suits, weekenders, explorers and fashion-grabbers looking for boutique hotel accommodations.
Monday 15th April
am – After breakfast at leisure I’ll meet Minty Woolgar, the representative from Glasgow City Marketing Bureau in the hotel reception. We will then take a Seaplane flight from the Science Centre in Glasgow to Loch Lomond. Flying by iconic seaplane from the halcyon days of travel with a first class window seat over the most magnificent landscape in the world.
Check-in at the five-star Cameron House at Loch Lomond.
The world famous bonnie banks of Loch Lomond are just a 35 minute drive from Glasgow. The loch is one of Scotland’s most stunning landscapes and the gateway to the Highlands. A magnificent baronial mansion magnificently situated on the loch and surrounded by 100 acres of woodland, Cameron House truly is Scottish luxury reborn
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Day Expedition – The day will continue with a walk around Balloch Country Park followed by a walk along part of the West Highland Way and visit to the National Park Visitor Centre. *Twitter – @lomondtrossachs
Lunch at the Oak Tree Inn where we will be joined by Ruth Crosbie from Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Authority an Gill Robertson from Love Loch Lomond
pm – Take the ferry to Inchcailloch Island which is the largest island (52 hectares) of the Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve. It is described as a magical island which is steeped in history and a haven for wildlife.
Evening – Meet in Great Scots Bar for Whisky Tasting followed by Dinner at The Boat House Restaurant overlooking Loch Lomond.
Tuesday 16th April
am – Return to Glasgow and check-in to the citizenM hotel.
I’m very excited about the Wild Food Foraging Excursion in Glasgow Botanic Gardens with local restaurant, Cail Bruich. The restaurant is renowned for its commitment to Scottish produce and seasonality. Head chef will take us foraging for wild produce followed by a cooking demonstration and chance to sample the delicious bounty over lunch. *Twitter – @CailBruich
Lunch at Cail Bruich
pm – I’ve chosen to take the optional Commonwealth Games 2014 Tour A guided tour of Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome by John Egan from Glasgow Life and a presentation from Gael Logan and Stephanie Todd from Glasgow 2014 sounds too good to miss.
Dinner – Gala Year of Natural Scotland 2013 evening at iconic Charles Rennie Mackintosh building House for An Art Lover. It’s quite likely I’ll be the least well dressed person attending. The evening will include:
● Natural-themed Scottish experiences from some of the country’s finest brands & producers including Gleneagles, Diageo Whisky, Arran Aromatics and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
● Bespoke Year of Natural Scotland menu from legendary Glasgow restaurant, The Ubiquitous Chip – a pioneer in restaurants drawing inspiration from Scotland’s natural larder, traditional and regional Scottish dishes and culture.
● Glasgow UNESCO City of Music entertainment showcase from some of Glasgow’s most celebrated musicians. It sounds like it’ll be a funky evening.
Wednesday 17th April
am – I’m taking a peek at the VisitScotland expo which is Scotland’s premier business to business travel trade event. Expo offers the perfect opportunity for all companies with a Scottish tourism product to showcase their products and services to potential buyers. VisitScotland Expo will be attended by around 470 hosted international buyers and 350 handpicked UK based buyers including tour operators, wholesalers, travel agents plus media.
Media Drop-In Buffet Lunch – A press lunch providing an opportunity to meet and have a chat with members of VisitScotland’s consumer PR team and enjoy the delicious buffet spread. Attending the lunch will be Chairman of VisitScotland, Mike Cantlay and other VisitScotland representatives. Find out more about what’s in store for visitors to Scotland for the year ahead and for 2014, the Year of Homecoming, Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games.
It is an extremely exciting itinerary in a great city and beautiful part of the country, I hope you follow my explorations in Glasgow and Loch Lomond on twitter and Instagram, don’t forget the hashtag – #inGlasgow