We’re going to let you in one of the UK's best-kept secrets. Brimming with history, charm, and natural beauty, the South of Scotland is a fascinating and utterly irresistible visitor destination. We'll transport you back in time, to the days of the Border Reivers; Mary, Queen of Scots, and William Wallace. We'll show you how to find adventure in the great outdoors, whether on foot, horseback, or two wheels. It’s where culture starts too. Follow in the footsteps of famous designers who have been drawn to one of the world's greatest textile centres. Have we started to whet your appetite yet? If so you’ll discover why this incredible part of the country gets called "Scotland's breadbasket". It all starts right here.
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Art and Literature
Immersing yourself in thought-provoking art and literature starts here. Transport yourself to Moat Brae, the home where Peter Pan author JM Barrie used to play as a child, then on to Dumfries to take a tour of The Robert Burns Centre. Turn the page to Abbotsford, home of Sir Walter Scott before heading to Kirkcudbright, a shining light for Scottish artists of past and present in the South of Scotland. Our final chapter takes you to Wigtown, home of the famous Wigtown Book Festival, full of its eclectic mix of independent bookshops. You’ll be inspired the second you tap play. So, don’t forget to visit www.scotlandstartshere.com
Family adventures start here. We begin in complete darkness, star gazing at Kirroughtree Forest, part of the Galloway Dark Skies Park, in the heart of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere. We then explore the adrenaline packed activities and family adventures available in our great outdoors. From zip-lining during the night or day at Go Ape in the Glentress Forest, to our world-famous mountain biking tracks, there’s plenty to get the heart-rate going. After all that adrenaline, we escape to the exotic plants, palm trees and ferns of Logan Botanic Gardens. And relax. All you have to do is tap play to transport yourself to Scotland’s playground in the South of Scotland – and don’t forget to visit www.scotlandstartshere.com
Ancestry and Castles
Clans, castle strongholds and ancient ancestral seats start here.
Become a Border Reiver at Caerlaverock Castle. Attack the Maxwell Clan in their triangular fortress and put their intricately carved defences to the test. Then call in on the world-class Clan Armstrong Centre, lovingly restored at the imposing Gilnockie Tower.
Spend time with Scouse storyteller Steve - whose life was transformed after his ancestral voyage to Sorbie Tower. And join him on his quest to return the site to former glory.
Finally - rejoice in song as Wullie Beattie performs the Ballad of Johnnie Armstrong.
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There’s a huge movement towards agritourism, and a craving for authentic and sustainable food and drink experiences. Well, it just so happens that the very best of them start here in the South. Journey with us and you might be tempted to rustle up something delicious and local at Kirkcudbright’s Station House Cookery School, or meet the next generation of alchemists at the Crafty Distillery. Kitchen Coos and Ewes will introduce you to our resident four-legged friends, while Jacksons at Jedburgh is a working farm with an emphasis on fun and education. The heritage and stories of the countryside are waiting to be heard. You’ll have your wellies on the second you tap play. Listen and enjoy a little Southern comfort - and visit www.scotlandstartshere.com.
Food and Drink
Farm-to-fork experiences and taste sensations start here. Whether it's a trip out in the pristine Berwickshire Marine Reserve to reel in your own fresh fish supper, an evening of exquisite locally-sourced fine dining, or a tour of old and brand-spanking new distilleries and breweries, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders are perfect for foodies. Our destination is burgeoning with sustainably-sourced fish, meat, and game. Did we mention the fresh fruit and veg, cheese, craft ales, and artisan gins and whiskies? We’re even home to a world-renowned chocolatier. What a menu. You'll be salivating the second you tap play. Listen and transport yourself to Scotland's breadbasket - and visit www.scotlandstartshere.com
Art and Textiles
Heritage, culture and high fashion start here
Follow in the footsteps of celebrated fashion designers to the Scottish Borders and Midlothian, and discover why it’s a global centre of textile manufacture and high fashion. You might not arrive on Concorde like Vivienne Westwood and Donna Karan used to, but you can sample the same luxury and impeccable craftsmanship at our mills and visitor centres. In this episode, we’ll also showcase a unique opportunity to spend time at the home and studio of a globally renowned Midlothian artist. Guess who? It all starts the moment you press play.
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