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5 Ideas on How to be a Hame Town Tourist

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We Scots are lucky to live in a country with so many beautiful and fascinating places to explore. Many of them located right on our doorstep. We asked our VisitScotland ambassadors to become a #HameTownTourist and show locals and visitors from around the world how much there is to see and do in their hometowns and the wider region.

Learn about their visits to incredible destinations and attractions located just a short distance from their homes on our iKnow Community. Here they share their experience of being a tourist in their own backyard, as well as plenty of practical tips and advice, including details of the current COVID-19 health and safety measures to expect.

Now is the time to start thinking about your visit to Scotland. Whether you’re a Scot looking to explore more of your native land or a first-time visitor, see how easy it is to explore the country like a local and become a ‘hametown tourist’.

Begin planning your holiday now. We can’t wait to see you.

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JACK CAIRNEY ON DUNNOTTAR CASTLE

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#AD // There is something mystical, almost unbelievable about the ruined clifftop fortress that is Dunnottar Castle perched on the edge of a cliff, open to the elements of the sea. Since reopening on Wednesday 15th July, Dunnottar Castle has implemented some new measures to ensure the safety of its visitors. With their "We're good to go" stamp of approval from @visitscotland they have ensured that they have a new process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. To read more about experiencing @dunnottar_castle_official under these new measures, follow the link in our bio. Have you visited anywhere local to you since tourist attractions have reopened? We would love to hear where you have been or plan on going in the comments below. #HameTownTourist #OnlyInScotland

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Hometown: Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Follow: @jackcairney

Dunnottar Castle is one of the world’s most iconic castles. Talented travel photographer Jack Cairney decided to turn his lens to the mysterious ruin. He tells us more about the turbulent history of the castle – one of Scotland’s most popular attractions – and shares some spectacular images from his visit and where to find a bite to eat nearby. Find out what to expect from the new COVID-19 health and safety measures in place to ensure hygiene and physical distancing. Jack also helpfully provides detailed instruction on how to get to Dunnottar. It might look secluded, but it is surprisingly accessible.

Read more about Jack’s trip to Dunnottar on the iKnow Community.

Discover more great days out in Aberdeenshire and check out our Only in Scotland two-day itinerary with great recommendations from the Museum Manager at Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums.

ALISTAIR HORNE ON POLLOK COUNTRY PARK

Hometown: Glasgow

Follow: @ali.horne

Alistair ‘Ali’ Horne loves nothing more than getting out and about with his camera. Earlier this year he headed to Pollok Country Park to meet its resident herd of Highland cattle. Ali tells us more about Glasgow’s largest urban park which is a favourite with walkers and cyclists, and some of the interesting sights and attractions located within such as Pollok House and its reopened tearoom. Ali’s beautiful shots of the park and its delightful Highland Coo calves will have you itching to discover this stunning natural space on the outskirts of Glasgow – one of Europe’s most vibrant cities – when it is safe to do so.

Read more about Alistair’s trip to Pollock Country Park on the iKnow Community.

Discover more 11 must-visit hidden gems to discover in Glasgow and day trips and day tours from Glasgow.

JOHN MURRAY ON THE ISLE OF MAY

Hometown: Pittenweem, The East Neuk of Fife

Follow: @johnmurrayjnr

Fellow photographer John and his wee daughter opted for the magical Isle of May. Measuring just a mile (1.6 km) in length, this island gem is best-known for its spectacular nature reserve. From April to July, the reserve is teeming with nesting seabirds including puffins. Eager to see them, father and daughter simply hopped on The May Princess with Anstruther Pleasure Cruises and made the short (45 minutes) voyage to the island. John was pleased to note the stringent safety measures on board and at the island’s visitor centre, including track and trace procedures, limited passenger numbers and physically distanced queue systems. Following an idyllic day filled with incredible nature sights – including an up-close encounter with a rescued puffin chick – and enchanting scenery, John can’t wait to return to this heavenly island escape.

Read more about John’s trip to the Isle of May on the iKnow Community.

Learn about Fife which is located just an hour from Edinburgh. Check out our Only in Scotland three-day itinerary with tips from professional golfer Stuart Syme and find out more about island-hopping in Scotland.

MARC PICKERING ON ARDNAMURCHAN LIGHTHOUSE

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AD @visitscotland Sunset at Ardnamurchan Lighthouse… It was great to be a #hametowntourist at the weekend, thanks to some businesses being able to open again, I visited this beautiful and remote spot on the west coast! The main exhibition and tower aren’t open yet, but I was still able to explore the exterior of the lighthouse and enjoy the amazing views and then get some food and a coffee at the cafe! It felt good to explore again and I was at ease doing so, especially upon seeing all of the guidelines being adhered to in terms of social distancing and plenty of hand sanitiser available! Have you visited anywhere in Scotland since restrictions have eased a little bit more? #visitscotland #onlyinscotland

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Hometown: Argyll

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Photographer Marc has travelled far and wide, shooting many of the country’s most beautiful locations along the way. He’s even won Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year in process. But when it came to his first trip following the relaxation of lockdown in Scotland, he didn’t need to venture far from home to visit one of his favourite places, Ardnamurchan Lighthouse. Set on the most westerly point of the British mainland, this lonely lighthouse has shepherded ships around this coastal stretch since 1849. The lighthouse and the exhibition centre remain closed but for Marc, the spectacular views and wonderful sense of seclusion make it one of the best spots to stop and savour the wild beauty of the west coast. See for yourself with some incredible images captured by Marc and read about the fine example set by the visitor café and shop in adapting to new health and safety protocols.

Read more about Marc’s trip to Ardnamurchan Lighthouse on the iKnow Community.

Plan a break in Argyll & The Isles with our Only in Scotland two-day itinerary with top tips from the brand manager of Oban Distillery and discover more stunning spots in Argyll & The Isles.

ZOE STEWART ON BORDER BERRIES  

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AD I love being a local tourist. Wandering streets you’ve walked a million times and always finding something new that you’ve never noticed before. @visitscotland got in touch and asked if we would like to explore a little more on our doorstep, one place we’ve missed with the lockdown restrictions is the Scottish Borders, so we jumped at the chance for a little drive down to Border Berries for some strawberry picking and a picnic. Such a little gem of a place and has good social distancing in place. The kids loved it and we ended up staying almost 3 hours. I’m glad they didn’t weigh the kids on the way out! Now, place your bets… how much did we spend on strawberries? 🍓

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Hometown: Edinburgh

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Soft fruit berry picking is a favourite Scottish summer past-time. It’s also a fantastic kid-friendly activity. Just ask Zoe Stewart, the mother of four behind the popular blog mylittlewildlings.com. Excited to get out of the house following the lockdown period, Zoe and the kids couldn’t wait to get busy berry picking. Read all about their wonderful afternoon spent at Border Berries in Kelso, a town in the gorgeous Scottish Borders located just over an hour from Edinburgh by car. Find out more about this family-run business which offers a happy, hygienic and physically distanced day out in the beautiful Scottish countryside.

Read more about Zoe and the family’s trip to Border Berries on the iKnow Community.

Plan a visit to the Scottish Borders and find out more about family holidays in Scotland.

It’s never too late to start planning your dream holiday to Scotland. Keep up to date with important information on travelling to Scotland and developments relating to Covid-19, and stay connected with us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. You can also join and share your favourite spots on our iKnow Community.

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