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How to be a #HameTownTourist in Scotland this summer

How to be a #HameTownTourist in Scotland this summer

As lockdown restrictions ease, VisitScotland is encouraging people to support local businesses and attractions in their area to help them get back on their feet

Today is the day. After four long months, lockdown restrictions are easing across Scotland, signalling the opening of tourism and in turn allowing holiday accommodation, museums, libraries, pubs and restaurants to re-open after months of closure and uncertainty in line with government guidelines.

Tourism affects every community in Scotland by creating jobs, growing the economy and driving social change. To help businesses get back on their feet and to engage people across the country in their local communities again, VisitScotland has launched the #HameTownTourist campaign, encouraging Scots to support and share their love for their local area on social media.

As part of the campaign, Scottish influencers from across the country have shared their own recommendations and ideas for staying local and supporting businesses in their area that have suffered as a result of the pandemic. With plenty of gardens, castles, walks and more on the doorstep, you never need to go far to find beauty in Scotland. Stay local and read on for some #HameTownTourist inspiration.

#AD | What's the first place you will are looking forward to visiting once further restrictions are lifted? @visitscotland asked me this very question, and the very first place that sprang to mind was @rbgedinburgh - one of my favourite spots in Edinburgh. I can easily spend the whole day wandering around their beautiful gardens.⁣

With the news that they are reopening on 1st July after being closed since March, I am already planning our visit. Trips to local attractions like this are…

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Edinburgh-based Moral Fibres eco-blogger Wendy Graham shared that her first stop as a #HameTownTourist will be the world-renowned Royal Botanic Garden.

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During the past few months I’ve explored my garden, run laps around the house but one of the first places I’m planning to visit in the near future isn’t even far from my doorstep! I'll still be @visitscotland locally.
When we enter Phase 3 of easing, more businesses will be able to open, and we will get a little more freedom to get out & explore. COVID-19 has hugely affected tourism and outdoor operators so I think it’s crucial to support them now.

I’ve really missed…

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Highlands-based photographer and filmmaker Calum Maclean shared his plans to paddle from Inverness to Fort William with Explore Highland.

AD During lockdown, I am dreaming of the places I can once again visit when it is safe to do so. For me, one of my favourite places to wander is the gardens of #Falkland Palace. Having a meander around the gardens and the orchard is a beautiful experience. You can marvel at the spectacular Renaissance architecture whilst literally walking in the footsteps of #MaryQueenofScots. This was after all, the country residence of Mary and the Royal Stuarts. Here you will also find Britain’s oldest…

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Fife-based Scottish Instagrammer John Murray is most excited to visit the beautiful gardens at Falkland Palace.

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Support Local! When tourism tentatively reopens for Summer 2020, where in Scotland would you like to go?
From Aberdeen we’re planning to hit up Oldmeldrum. We’re looking forward to trying the new children’s Afternoon Tea at Meldrum House Hotel. We won’t just be watching the wee cherubs dine, we’ll be joining them with the grown up version too.
Then we might let the tots run off some steam in the grounds of Haddo House (the grounds should reopen this summer), and this…

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Scottish family travel blogger Janice Hopper of Scots2Travel shared her plans for staying local in Aberdeenshire by exploring Meldrum House, Haddo House and Barra Berries.

#ad @visitscotland recently asked me where I would most like to visit locally once lockdown restrictions are eased further and we move into phase 3 with tourism and travel becoming more attainable again!
Inveraray will be high on my list! It’s fairly close to where I live and as well as visiting Inveraray Castle with family, I’ll be looking forward to watching a sunset from Dun na Cuaiche Watchtower, visiting my favourite whisky shop and Loch Fyne Oysters to treat myself after a long lockdown…

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Argyll-based Marc Pickering plans to stay close to home by visiting Inveraray, including Inveraray Castle, the Dun na Cuaiche Watchtower and Loch Fyne Oysters.

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Where is the first place that you’ll visit when the restrictions get relaxed? .
When @visitscotland asked me to consider this there was one place that immediately popped into my head - Café Strange Brew!
@cafe_strange_brew is my favorite brunch spot in Glasgow (which is handy because it just so happens to be a 5-minute walk from my flat). It’s also where Scranstagram started almost three years ago – if you can be bothered scrolling through my 700 odd posts…

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Glasgow-based foodie John Bisset (The Scran Man) posted that he can't wait to visit popular Glasgow Southside brunch spot Café Strange Brew when it reopens.

VisitScotland is encouraging everyone across the country to get involved by sharing the local attractions and businesses that they love and support on social media using #HameTownTourist.