With the school holidays in full swing, national tourism organisation VisitScotland has teamed up with attractions in Dumfries and Galloway, and throughout Scotland, to help the public purse and encourage more staycations and day trips this summer until the end of October.
More than 100 attractions throughout Scotland – including Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura and the Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries, Logan Botanic Gardens near Stranraer, hidden treasures at the Museum of Lead Mining at Wanlockhead, grass sledging at Laggan Outdoor and the farm tour at Cream o’Galloway Visitor Centre, both near Gatehouse of Fleet and Courtyard Cycle Hire near Kirkcowan – are all providing offers such as “child goes free” or “2for1”.
The vouchers can be downloaded from www.visitscotland.com/greatdaysout and printed off to use at participating locations.
Paula McDonald, regional director for VisitScotland, said: “The summer holidays can be an expensive time for families and value for money is a major consideration for our visitors. We are working with businesses in the area as part of this extensive promotion to encourage more visits to Dumfries and Galloway. Our local industry is excellent at assessing their product offering and these offers demonstrate their commitment to remaining competitive in the staycation and day trip market.
“It’s great to see local visitor attractions, accommodation providers and events organisers working together to make their area stand out and produce the most compelling offer to entice even more visits in this Year of Natural Scotland.”
In 2011, residents of Great Britain took 1.5 billion tourism day trips in the UK, and 134 million in Scotland. Around £54 billion was spent on these trips in the UK by GB residents, of which £6.2 billion was in Scotland. Spend per tourism day trip varied by country visited with an average of £35 across the UK and significantly higher in Scotland at £46.