Beers and Bonnie Views, World Tourism Day
It's World Tourism Day, so we're celebrating Scotland!
September 27th is World Tourism Day. A day that might feel bitter to some given the affects that Covid-19 has had on the tourism industry and our ability to jet off for some summer sun.
But in these times comes some amazing opportunities – the chance to discover your own back yard! Staycations are more popular than ever and here at Brewgooder, we are so lucky to have the backdrop of Scotland as our home.
To celebrate World Tourism Day, here are some of the Brewgooder team’s favourite Scottish Destinations (we hear if you take a beer to enjoy the view, that it’s even better!)
TOP SPOTS FOR A BEER AND A BONNIE VIEW
1) Ardnish Peninsula
Ardnish Peninsula is situated in the North West of Scotland, about 45 minutes’ drive from Fort William. It is a small uninhabited peninsula, although remains of several settlements can found scattered along the coastline. At only 6km long and 3.5km wide, it is a small but beautiful land with spectacular views. Explore the old ruins and pretend you're a viking, or sit back, relax and take in the scenery.
We don't think you'll find a quieter place for a beer, just don't forget to take your rubbish home with you! This shot was taken by our very own Iain!
2) St Andrews
Best known for golf, St Andrews boasts the Old Course - thought to be the oldest golf course in the world. But golfing aside, St Andrews is extremely picturesque, with a long golden beach, ruins of St Andrews Castle to explore and the Gothic Architecture of St Andrews University.
St Andrews is also becoming increasingly beery, with St Andrews Brewing Co flying the flag for local beer and plenty of good bars to explore. Dundee is only 13 miles on the train to venture into a bigger city for even more beery goodness!
Photo: Getty Images
3) Glenfinnan Viaduct
Only 20 minutes from the Ardnish Peninsula is possibly the most famous crossing in Scotland – the Glenfinnan Viaduct.
Photo: Visit Scotland
Located in Glenfinnan, Inverness-shire, the viaduct was built in 1901, and carries the railway across a 1000ft span, 100ft above the ground. The Jacobite steam train runs across regularly in summer months, but perhaps the most famous train to cross is the Hogwarts Express! Filming for two of the Harry Potter films took place in this area, with the viaduct becoming an iconic part of the magic train’s journey.
Even without Harry Potter, we think the scenery around here is just magical, and a perfect place for a beer.
4) Isle of Islay
While Skye is the most popular Scottish Island for tourists (the scenery is INCREDIBLE), Islay is a must for whisky fans. With 9 distilleries, Islay is the most prolific of the whisky producing Islands, and is known for whiskies with a distinctive peat smoke aroma. We recommend checking out Bruichladdich Distillery, a fellow B Corp that has maintained more than 80% of its production on the island.
Not to mention, the scenery is also beautiful and the perfect place for a beer and a dram!
Photo: Love Scotland
5) Edinburgh & Glasgow
We couldn’t finish the list without paying homage to the beloved base-camps of the Brewgooder team – Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The blend of old and modern architecture in Edinburgh’s Old and New town makes for a picturesque walk around the city, taking in the historic Edinburgh Castle, Scott Monument or a hike up Arthur’s Seat before enjoying some good food and beer at one of the many excellent pubs, bars and restaurants the city has to offer.
Meanwhile “People Make Glasgow”; with its vibrant music and nightlife scene packed with iconic venues like the Barrowlands, O2 Academy and the Hydro, and a fantastic array of bottle shops, breweries and taprooms across the city, you’ll always find a friendly face to give you directions, or a cone on a statue’s head to make you smile.
Wherever you are stay-cationing this year, don't forget your beers to take with you!
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