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Inspiration and ideas to continue to be a #HameTownTourist in Scotland

Inspiration and ideas to continue to be a #HameTownTourist in Scotland

With so much right on the doorstep, VisitScotland is encouraging people to make day trips close to home this summer

As tourism businesses and attractions have started to open across Scotland over the past two weeks, VisitScotland has continued to roll out its #HameTownTourist campaign, encouraging people to make day trips close to home and enjoy all that our beautiful country has to offer.

New measures have been put in place to ensure that everyone's safety, health and wellbeing is a key part of the 'new normal'. Many businesses and attractions have now attained the 'We're Good to Go' industry accreditation and have implemented physical distancing measures to ensure that everyone can safely continue to enjoy the sights of Scotland.

Be a #HameTownTourist by visiting an old favourite place or somewhere new in your area this summer. Remember to be a responsible visitor and support the Zero Waste Scotland campaign by binning your rubbish and leaving no trace. If you need some day trip inspiration, VisitScotland has some ideas to get you started.

A range of Scottish social media influencers also shared their recent day trip experiences and are encouraging their followers to do the same. Share your recommendations for a great day out in your area using #HameTownTourist and help rebuild your local community.

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A few days ago, just after many tourism businesses were allowed to reopen in #Scotland, myself and my daughter took a trip to the #IsleofMay with Anstruther Pleasure Cruises.

The Island is a magical mix of all kinds of wildlife and seabirds, but many will know it for its most colourfully beaked inhabitants, #Puffins!! The history of this island is incredible and the trip was such a memorable experience.

The operator had all the relevant government guidance in place…

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Fife-based Scottish instagrammer John Murray shared that he took his young daughter on a memorable trip to the Isle of May with Anstruther Pleasure Cruises.

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…

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Zoe Stewart of MyLittleWildlings enjoyed a day picking strawberries with her family in the Scottish Borders at Border Berries.

#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.

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Jack Cairney of Hidden Scotland explored the ruins of Dunnottar Castle near Stonehaven on the east coast.

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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…

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Argyll-based Marc Pickering enjoyed visiting Ardnamurchan Lighthouse and its café in Lochaber.

#Ad Last week I was a #hametowntourist in Glasgow with @visitscotland, as things start to open up. I went to Pollok Park, one of my local spots to see the highland cows that roam around the grounds. I found this little calf, who was happy to get their photo taken!

It was lovely to be out and about again, helped by the fact of seeing all the signs about social distancing, so everyone is informed when they are in public places. Read more about the trip via the blog I wrote, the link is in my…

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Alistair Horne visited Pollok Park in Glasgow to see the resident Highland cows.

Support your local community in Scotland and share your day trip experiences using #HameTownTourist.