Category Archives: Tourism

Ramblers Scotland – celebrating recreational walking

I recently attended a reception in the parliament to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. I was joined with representatives from Ramblers Scotland. Ramblers is an organisation which protect the places for people to walk … Continue reading

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New Lanark Mill Hotel wins Prestige Award

Congratulations to New Lanark Mill Hotel on winning the Prestige Hotel Award for Front of House Team of the Year. The awards established to showcase outstanding service in the industry are voted for by the public.  Those shortlisted in each … Continue reading

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Opening of the Clyde Walk Way Community Links Routes

On Friday I attended the launch of the Clyde Walk Way Community Links Route in the Popinjay at Rosebank. It was great to hear about the amount of work that has been put into this project by Clyde and Avon … Continue reading

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A Welcome Sight At Carstairs Station

South Scotland MSP Claudia Beamish has praised the work to get new flowers and plants in place at Carstairs Station. Meeting today with Carluke man and rail enthusiast Bob Cleary, Claudia Beamish paid a visit to the station to see … Continue reading

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The John Hastie Museum

During the summer I had the pleasure of visiting the John Hastie Museum in Strathaven.  The museum has relocated from its original home in Strathaven Park to the Old Mill Studios. This move has created a number of challenges in … Continue reading

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Plans for golden eagle population revival in South Scotland

The South of Scotland may become home to more golden eagles as efforts are launched to revive the population. Last year Scottish Natural Heritage produced a report that explored what was limiting the population growth. There are currently between 2-4 … Continue reading

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Celebrating Scotch Whisky

At the latest meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Whisky, I was pleased to be elected as Deputy Convener of the Group. Scotch Whisky is an incredibly important industry for Scotland.  Figures produced by industry body, the … Continue reading

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Marine Tourism Consultation Launched

A consultation has been launched looking at how we can maximise the benefit of Scotland’s Marine Tourism sector. Marine Tourism is already a significant contributor to the Scottish economy and a major employer in many rural communities, but the industry … Continue reading

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New Lanark water power ahead of its time

I recently enjoyed a visit to New Lanark to learn about how the site has continually harnessed the Falls of Clyde for power. Throughout New Lanark’s working history as a cotton mill, water provided the main source of power for … Continue reading

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Launch date set for Borders Rail services

The Scottish Government announced earlier this month that services on the Borders Railway will launch on  Sunday 6 September 2015. The announcement marks a culmination of sorts for the long running campaign to return rail services to the Borders. As … Continue reading

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