Category: Scotland Starts Here

Town Where Auld Lang Syne Was Written Issues Rallying Cry To Be Recognised As The Bard’s True Home

Campaigners in Dumfries call for the town to be recognised as the place where Robert Burns lived, loved, worked and died As revellers link arms around the world to welcome 2024 with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne, a new action group in the South of Scotland has launched a campaign to celebrate Dumfriesshire’s unparalleled…
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New Campaign Highlights How The South Of Scotland Dazzles In The Darker Months

The latest Scotland Starts Here campaign features a must-do winter ‘Bucket List’ showcasing the best of the region in the chilly season, including starry picnics and coo spotting.  A new winter ‘Bucket List’ has been created by the South of Scotland Destination Alliance (SSDA) as part of its ‘Scotland Starts Here’ promotional campaign to highlight…
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Five big 2023 wins for destination South of Scotland!

As we look back on 2023 there is much to celebrate, with five fantastic wins for the South of Scotland as a leading tourism destination.   Thistle Awards records smashed: For the first time ever, the South of Scotland won more national Thistle Awards than any other region.  In total we took home six prestigious…
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Mountain Biking Fans Urged To Make Tracks For The Scottish Borders As The Region Cheers On Homegrown Riders At Trailblazing Cycling Events

With the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships mountain bike cross-country events and marathon taking place at Glentress Forest in August, the South of Scotland Destination Alliance is encouraging locals and visitors to witness the world’s best riders in action – including Peebles mountain bike star Isla Short and several other contenders from the region.   …
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Cyclist road-tests Kirkpatrick C2C, South of Scotland’s Coast to Coast as Region Gears up for Visitors

Josh Wood teams up with The South of Scotland Destination Alliance to try new cycling route and completes the 250 miles in just over 23 hours   As the South of Scotland gears up for the soft launch of the new Kirkpatrick C2C, South of Scotland’s Coast to Coast cycling route, an experienced local cyclist has…
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Excitement Building Among South Of Scotland Tourism Businesses As Stunning Route Revealed For UK’s Newest Coast To Coast Cycle Challenge

250-mile “Kirkpatrick C2C, South of Scotland’s Coast to Coast” will take experienced riders on an unforgettable journey across the South of Scotland, Home of the Bike Experienced cyclists in search of an exhilarating new challenge are in for a real treat this summer when the UK’s newest coast to coast cycle route is officially launched…
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Flying Start For New Campaign Encouraging Tourists To Visit The South Of Scotland This Winter

200,000 people reached in first two weeks of South of Scotland Destination Alliance Winter Escapes campaign promoting Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway   A new digital marketing campaign from the South of Scotland Destination Alliance (SSDA) has already reached 200,000 people after just a couple of weeks, directing hundreds of potential holidaymakers to the…
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Head South – South of Scotland included in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2023

The South of Scotland has been named as one of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel destinations for 2023.   The publication revealed that the region, which covers the Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway, is one of only two UK destinations and 30 worldwide to make the annual list. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2023…
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SOUTH OF SCOTLAND GEARS UP TO BECOME A WORLD-CLASS VISITOR DESTINATION

The South of Scotland Destination Alliance (SSDA), today announced the organisation’s first major steps to making the South a world-class destination.

Scotland Starts Here

Scotland Starts Here

The Scotland Starts Here campaign showcases to visitors that it is in the South that Scotland’s identity and soul were born – not only from a location perspective, but also as the pivotal areas that have shaped the nation’s history and culture for centuries. It comprises of a travel inspiration website (www.scotlandstartshere.com), a mobile app…
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