Motorhome holiday in Scotland 2016
Scotland – Motorhome holiday. NEW activities, attractions and exhibitions
Scotland. Historic Scotland’s Conservation Centre, The Engine Shed, Stirling – the Engine Shed is an ambitious project to create Scotland’s first dedicated building conservation centre. It will be open to the public with family friendly activities, craft demonstrations and training courses to entertain and challenge.
National Museum of Flight in East Lothian will be complete its refurbishment in Spring 2016 following a £3.6 million project. Work is underway to restore two nationally significant Second World War hangars at the National Museum of Flight in East Fortune, and create vibrant exhibitions within them. The National Museum of Flight is located on the UK’s best-preserved Second World War airfield and is home to one of the best aviation collections in Europe. Visitors to the museum can explore the history of aviation from the First World War to the present day.
Pitlochy Dam visitor centre – SSE has unveiled plans to open a new state-of-the-art £4m visitor centre in September 2016 at Pitlochry dam to showcase the role played by the engineers and builders who first brought hydro power to Scotland back in 1951.Visitors will also discover the secrets of the incredible annual journey made by salmon on their return to their native Perthshire rivers to spawn. The new visitor centre will open in September 2016 and will house a 60 seat café, retail area, and a multi-space area for educational use.
Falkirk Distillery – this brand new distillery adds to Scotland’s thriving whisky trails and will offer a facility housing a world class leading retail, restaurant and business complex.
Wilderness Scotland is offering a range of new self-drive tours along impossibly quiet roads through some of the most stunning scenery of Scotland has to offer. The new tours include the North Coast 500, Scotland’s answer to Route 66, luxury adventure in Skye and the North West Highlands, as well as Edinburgh to Highland Perthshire.
The Flying Scotsman locomotive – will return to Scotland in May for the first time in 16 years after a major restoration. The train will run from York to Edinburgh and then travel over the the World Heritage Site The Forth Bridge as part of a four-day tour from 14th -17th May.
Celts: art and identity comes to the National Museum Scotland from 10th March – 25th September 2016.This exhibition will tell the story of the different peoples who have used or been given the name ‘Celts’ through the stunning art objects that they made, including intricately decorated jewellery, highly stylised objects of religious devotion, and the decorative arts of the late 19th century which were inspired by the past. Organised with the British Museum, this is the first major British exhibition in 40 years to tell the story of the Celts. It will showcase stunning and rare artworks lent from 16 UK institutions and ten international lenders.
Dark Sky Rangers –the Dark Sky Park in Galloway, which became the UK’s first Dark Sky Park in the UK in 2009, has recently trained four Biosphere Dark Sky Rangersto communicate about the wonders of the night sky and the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere. The self-employed Biosphere Dark Sky Rangers have a variety of skills and specialisms and will work with businesses such as hotels, B&B’s and campsites to run events and tailor-make experiences for visitors.
Crawick Multiverse has received further development ahead of 2016. A major land restoration and art project in Dumfries & Galloway, Crawick Multiverse utilises landscape art to transform a former open cast coal mine.
The Roxburghe Estates – is investing in new garden features in the famous Victorian kitchen garden to create Scotland’s finest walled garden experience. Access to new areas of the garden will be provided including some of the wonderful greenhouses producing soft fruit and spectacular house plants. Plants such as streptocarpus are grown under glass and displayed at Floors Castle and always provide a beautiful show of colour.
The Scottish Poetry Library reopened towards the end of 2015 on 29th October 2015 following an extensive renovation.
At a time when libraries are seen to be under threat, the Scottish Poetry Library has taken the characteristically bold step of expanding its space and facilities. The development provides:
- More space for books. With over 45,000 items, the SPL holds the largest open-access collection of Scottish poetry in the world, together with work by international writers.
- A new, soundproofed space so that sound and silence can co-exist in the Library.
- A space for recording. Poetry is spoken as well as written.
- More places to work and read comfortably. More armchairs! A sofa in a child-friendly area. Plus a terrace for events, conversation and reading outdoors.
The Sound Lounge – for listening to recorded poetry.
Augmented Reality app brings Glasgow Art Scene to life for Turner Prize -art venues across Glasgow are offering an interactive touring experience that lets anyone access the hidden story of artworks through their smartphone via an app called the “Visual Arts Glasgow Tour”. The tour lets users access the story of an artwork, in the form of a 60 second video, simply by pointing their phone at select artwork in the five participating venues.The interactive tour will run until 17th January to coincide with the 3 month Turner Prize Exhibition Period in Glasgow. Venues where you can enjoy the ActivCanvas experience include: The Hunterian, Glasgow School of Art, the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Street Level Photoworks, and Glasgow Print Studios. Pick up ActivCanvas enabled postcards with more details at each of the participating venues.