Posts Tagged: Tourism

Yes please to Tourist Tax and for Motorhomes too!

I’m writing this in our motorhome on the shores of a wee Highland loch. Mr Marr and I stayed here last night – blissfully we had the place to ourselves. It was a low-key evening, just as we liked it. Arriving late yesterday afternoon, we lit a fire in a well-used ring of stones by… Read more »

5-star experiences need 5-star staff.

I am just back from a week’s skiing in France. Not to rub it in, but the snow was fantastic, the sun shone, and we had a blast. There’s nothing like a week’s fresh air, exercise, cheese-heavy food and 10pm bed-times to recharge the batteries. One of the undeniable highlights of our holiday was the… Read more »

Motorhome life is magic…

Last autumn Mr Marr and I got an offer we couldn’t refuse; the chance to drive a motorhome around the north of Scotland. Motorhome life was something we thought we might try after we had retired, and this would give us a taster. We blanked a long weekend out of our diaries and got the… Read more »

Over-tourism? Here’s an idea…

We adopted Slow Food, are we ready for Slow Adventure? Set up in 1980s Italy, the Slow Food movement promoted eating more thoughtfully; thinking about where food comes from and preserving regional traditions, flavours and ingredients. It was the antidote to fast food. Had the word ‘mindfulness’ been around in the 80s it might very… Read more »

Tourist Tax? Yes Please for Highland!

With the Highland Council set to debate again the question of a Tourist Tax, many hoteliers and B&B owners are eagerly awaiting the outcome. If the Council go for it, they won’t be the first. Edinburgh City Council have already voted to impose a £1 a night Transient Visitor Levy, a move which they believe… Read more »

Inverness Loch Ness Airport. You decide!

Between me writing this and you reading it I’ll have both taken off and landed again at Inverness Airport. I’m heading to Bergen in Norway for a couple of days on a direct flight from my local airport. I am very definitely departing from an airport known as ‘Inverness’, but by the time I land… Read more »

Tourism. It’s not just for tourists!

Are you stuck for something to do this weekend? Well you shouldn’t be. For inspiration check out the list of finalists and awards winners at the 2017 Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards. I guarantee you won’t be stuck for long. In fact you might find yourself running out of weekends. I was in the enviable… Read more »

Meet John Thurso: the top man at VisitScotland

There were a few raised eyebrows in March when former Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross Liberal Democrat MP Lord Thurso was announced as the new Chair of VisitScotland. The surprise came from a couple of directions; from those who were impressed that an SNP government would appoint a Lib Dem to such an important role,… Read more »